Milton tops Barboursville in championship, 11-10
HUNTINGTON -- Noah Beter saved the day for Milton in more ways than one.
Beter earned a save in Milton's harrowing 11-10 victory over Barboursville in the Little League District 1 championship game Monday night at Vinson. He also went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, a single, five runs batted in and four runs scored.
The victory sends Milton to the state tournament July 18 in Chapmanville.
Barboursville takes on League 3 at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Vinson with the winner also earning a berth in the state tournament. League 3 rallied to defeat East Huntington 8-7 Monday.
Milton looked to make the game a mercy rule affair, scoring five runs in the first inning. Hayden Hass led off with a home run to left field off a 3-2 pitch. Two batters later, Beter faced a full count before blasting a two-run homer to left to score Conner Joseph. Kodey Sadler and Alec Bentley also scored in the inning.
Barboursville went down in order in the first, further building Milton's confidence. Little did Milton realize it woould be pushed to the final out of the sixth inning before winning.
Barboursville chipped away, scoring three runs in the second, with Jacob Marsh and Corey Sweeney driving in runs, to counter Beter's RBI single run in the top of the inning.
Each team scored a run in the third. Milton scored a single run in the fourth as Dawson Bryan's ground out plated Beter, but Barboursville countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to pull within 8-6.
Milton responded to the challenge with none other than Beter doing the damage. The shortstop-pitcher smashed a three-run home run to left off a 0-1 count to give Milton an 11-6 lead.
What might have appeared to be a comfortable lead was anything but. Barboursville rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth as Sweeney, Jack Oxley, Nathan Surber and Ethan Dotson scored runs to make it 11-10.
After Barboursville relief pitcher Marsh retired Milton inorder in the top of the sixth, barboursville fans rose to their feet in anticipation of stealing a victory after trailing the entire game.Beter, though, struck out the first two batters he faced, then coaxed Joseph to ground out to first base to end it and touch off a celebration on the Milton side.
Gavin McComas pitched 41/3 inning to earn the victory.
MILTON 511 130 -- 11 12 4
BARBOURSVILLE 031 240 -- 10 12 4
McComas, Beter (5) and Caudill; Wilson, Sweeney (2), Marsh (6) and Dotson.
Hitting: (M) Hass 2-4 HR, Beter 4-4 2 HR 2B 5 RBI, McComas 2-2; (B) AAtwood 2B, Ashworth 2-4 2B 2 RBI, Eplin 2-4 2B.
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