Hurricane beats Bi-State, 2-1
HUNTINGTON -- Afterward, coach Jeff Davis said he didn't want to speak to the media, citing with a smile, "I'm terrible at this."
His son, however, was not.
Not at chatting. Not at hitting.
Especially not at pitching.
Hurricane will play for the age 9-10 Little League Baseball state tournament title Wednesday because of a dazzling performance from Seth Davis. The gritty right-hander used his allotment of 75 throws to good use, stifling a Bi-State lineup to give Hurricane a 2-1 semifinal win Tuesday at Huntington League 3.
"It felt pretty good," Davis said.
Hurricane will play the winner of Tuesday's late game between Charleston Central and Martinsburg for the state championship at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday.
Seth Davis, 10, pitched five innings, registering seven strikeouts, scattering four hits and didn't issue a walk during his time on the mound.
At the plate, he went 2-for-3 with a double and, most importantly, scored what eventually became the game's winning run in the first inning, racing home after Noah Birthisell's single to right field.
"Unbelievable," said Brad Ballard, Hurricane's Little League president who coach Davis had speak in his place. "From six months ago when they started some baseball in the winter time, just working out here or there with some of the kids, Seth has turned into a great baseball player.
"He's continually gotten better. His dad works with him real well. He just keeps getting stronger and keeps getting better."
At times Tuesday night, it seemed as though the game couldn't get any better.
You can't talk about Davis' work without mentioning what his counterpart did. Bi-State's Zack Whitacre was equally as impressive on the hill, going five innings, getting all 75 pitches, striking out six and yielding six hits to just one walk.
And just like Davis, his play was noted elsewhere, too. Like when he doubled in the third inning and scored Bi-State's only run following a Foster Coins single. And when he turned a double play from first base to prevent a Hurricane run from scoring in the sixth.
"That kid did a great job," Ballard said.
Hurricane couldn't officially stamp its ticket to Wednesday's final until it closed things without Davis on the mound,
But reliever Braden Adkins did the job, walking one batter in the bottom of the sixth before retiring three in a row to set off the celebration.
"It's awesome," Davis said. "I guess I was nervous in the last inning, but I knew we could do it."
Bi-State, which hails from Mineral County, had just one runner get past second base.
"These kids played hard," Ballard said. "You hate to see anybody lose."
HURRICANE 200 000 -- 2 7 1
BI-STATE 001 000 -- 1 4 1
Davis, Adkins (6) and Birthisell. Whitacre, Coins (6) and Corwell.
Hitting: (H) Vance 1-3, R; Adkins 2B; Davis 2-3, 2B, R; Birthisell RBI. (B) Whitacre 2B, RBI; Coins RBI.