By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Senior righthander Andrew Siegel fired a one-hitter at River View last evening as the Bluefield Beavers took an 8-1 Senior Night win in their regular season finale over the visiting Raiders.
Remarked Beaver head coach Justin Gilbert following the victory, “It was Senior Night. We wanted him (Siegel) to have the ball tonight…We always want to make Senior Night special. We always want to win it for them (seniors), just for motivation going into the sectionals.”
Siegel shared that desire to make the evening special, “Everybody was excited because it was Senior Night. I was really excited, playing with my buddies (and fellow seniors), Logan (Lineberry) and Justin (Mariotti). We’ve been playing together since I moved up here about seven years ago.”
After a scoreless first inning, Bluefield scored a run in the second and another in the fifth, while crossing home plate twice in the third, fourth and sixth frames, taking an 8-0 advantage into the top of the seventh.
Siegel had not allowed a hit, or a base on balls, through six innings. Only twice did a River View runner reach second base and none achieved third through the first six frames.
The pitcher led off the second, drawing a walk before giving way to courtesy runner Randy Maxey, who scored the contest’s first run on a Trevor Mullins’ single up the middle.
Back-to-back walks to rightfielder Justin Carter and centerfielder Mariotti to open the third saw them both cross home plate. Carter scored on a Cody Goins single and Mariotti scampered home on a Lineberry fielder’s choice.
Mullins reached on a fielder’s choice in the fourth before eventually scoring on a wild pitch. Carter walked again and scored again, with the second of his three runs on the evening, on another wild pitch.
First baseman Justin Lightfoot doubled to open the fifth, took third on a Marcus Santoro fly out to center and scurried home on Mullins’ second safety of the game for a 6-0 advantage.
Two more runs in the last of the sixth spelled the aforementioned 8-0 lead
Carter singled, took second on an error, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice by Goins and scored on yet another Raider fielding miscue. Goins scored from second on a third error in the inning.
Of his team’s offense, Coach Gilbert continued, “We’re working on having more patience at the plate. We took what they gave us tonight. We put balls in play.”
Mullins was two-for-three, with a pair of RBIs, for the Beavers, while Mariotti, Goins, Lightfoot, Siegel and Carter recorded a safety apiece. Goins and Lineberry knocked in a run each.
Bluefield finished with seven hits off losing pitcher Dee Duff, who hurled the first four innings, and freshman reliever Todd Coeburn, who pitched the fifth and sixth.
Along with the win, Siegel will probably remember the first three River View batters in the seventh.
Senior centerfielder Jamie Mills hit a bouncer over second base that Goins fielded cleanly, but the speedy Mills beat the throw to first to collect the first Raider hit of the game.
Second baseman Austin Walker followed, working a base on balls off Siegel, the first, and only, free pass of the night he allowed.
A balk moved the pair to second and third, where Tyler Brewer laid down a perfect squeeze bunt toward first that plated Mills for the only RV run of the game.
Siegel regained his composure to fan the final two Raider batters to claim the victory.
Continued Coach Gilbert of his pitcher, “We can’t ask any more from Andrew Siegel. He threw strikes all night. The kids played defense behind him. It was a team effort and I’m proud of them.”
Siegel, who finished the game with nine strikeouts, echoed his coach, “I pretty much just threw strikes. My defense played behind me really good.”
The Beavers, now 10-15, will open sectional play Monday, entertaining PikeView at 6 pm at Bowen Field. The winner of that game will face James Monroe Tuesday, also at 6 at Bowen in the double elimination event.
Summarized Raider head coach Jerad Metcalf, “The bats just quit working. Siegel pitched a heck of a game.”
River View, now 10-9, will host James Monroe this evening in its regular season finale.
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Dee Duff, Todd Coeburn (5) and Austin Walker, Ryan Blankenship (4), Zach Shelton (6). Andrew Siegel and Logan Lineberry.
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