St. Albans at Riverside

By Dan Williams
West Virginia Director of Scouting

St. Albans 3, riverside 0 offensive pressure and tremendous pitching led  St. Albans, No. 4 in the most recent Metro News AA Power Rankings, over Riverside.

The top of the first saw Riverside load the bases on a walk and singles by Anthony Carfagna (currently No. 26 in WV Class of 2017 rankings) and Andrew Massey. However, in what would be a game long problem, the Warriors stranded all three runners as Nick Loftis (currently No. 8 in WV Class of 2019 rankings) struck out consecutive batters.

St. Albans was not immune to leaving runners stranded.  The Red Dragons got two hits in both the third and fourth innings but were unable to score.  The hits were singles by Noah Cummings, Akili Johnson, Loftis and Jake Carr.

The Red Dragons finally broke through in the top half of the fourth.  Singles by Taylor White and Chayce Matheny combined with an error loaded the bases with one out.  An RBI walk by Jake Carr plated the games first run.  The Warriors were then able to limit the damage as St. Albans left the bases loaded.

Nick LoftisThe Red Dragons reversed their early game trend by efficiently converting base runners in both the sixth and seventh innings.  The sixth saw Matheny single followed by pinch runner Travis Atkins steal of second.  Jake Carr then singled to make it 2-0.  In the seventh a Loftis single was follwed by a Noah Cummings RBI triple giving the Red Dragons their final margin of victory.

Loftis (pictured right) went the distance on the hill.  His impressive final line read 4H, 0R, 14K, 3BB. Equally impressive were Loftis' 21 first pitch strikes.  Cummings, Matheny, Loftis and Carr all recorded multiple hits for the Red Dragons.  Andrew Massey went  2-for-3 for the Warriors.