By Kyle Lutz, Sports Editor
West Liberty 2 Davis & Elkins 1 (Game 1)
The Hilltoppers began their double header against the Senators with a 2-1 win at home Wednesday, April 4.
Kyle Barton pitched all seven innings only letting up four hits and striking out seven batters. Barton lost the shutout when the Senators scored in the fifth inning.
The Hilltoppers got on the board first and managed to get both of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. Mike Johnson got the Hilltoppers fired up with a double down to right field. The next batter, Taylor Snare brought Johnson into home plate with a RBI single.
After a wild pitch that gave Snare the chance to steal second base, Zane Madden drove him in with a single.
Davis & Elkins 25 West Liberty 2 (Game 2)
In the second game, things turned for the worse for the Hilltoppers. In the top of the fourth inning, the Hilltoppers only trailed 3-0, but were then shell shocked after a 17 run inning by the Senators.
Going into the sixth, the Hilltoppers were being shut out and had no hits. Dillon Mangino and Jared Taylor had RBI singles in the sixth to give the Hilltoppers the only runs of the game.
Pitt-Johnstown 11 West Liberty 8 (Game 1)
March 31, the Hilltoppers traveled to Point Stadium to battle the Mountain Cats of Pitt-Johnstown. In the first game, the Hilltoppers fought the Mountain Cats hit for hit as they both lit up the scoreboard with 13 apiece. The Hilltoppers were unable to match them in runs.
Johnson had two hits for the Hilltoppers with a single and a triple while Snare had a single and a double.
Pitt-Johnstown 9 West Liberty 3 (Game 2)
West Liberty earned two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-1 lead. Going into the fifth inning the team saw their lead slip away as the Mountain Cats scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth inning to get another victory. Travis Denman had three hits for the Hilltoppers in a losing cause.
West Liberty 9 Pitt-Johnstown 7
The Hilltoppers finished the week out with a little revenge by defeating the Mountain Cats in a third game on Sunday, April 1, 9-7. West Liberty was up by as much as 8-3 only to see their lead close to a three run game. But in the top of the ninth, the Hilltoppers were able to get another run across the plate to make sure the Mountain Cats could not secure another comeback. Mangino came and retired the final two batters for Pitt-Johnstown.