CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Whether it was good timing, good baseball or a combination of the two, Tuesday night was a big night for the Sissonville program.
That's because the Indians knocked off powerhouse Charleston Catholic 6-4 at home, defeating the Irish for the first time in at least five seasons.
"It's been a few years, probably since '08 maybe," Sissonville coach Kenny Harper said of the last time the Indians beat the Irish. "It's been a while. It's a good win. I like beating them. They are a good ball team. They always are."
"It was the first time I've beat them," Sissonville senior Zach Null said. "It feels really good. I asked coach if it was the first time we have beat them. It feels really good because they always are a powerhouse."
While the Indians (2-2) were playing their fourth game of the year, it was just the season opener for Charleston Catholic (0-1).
Also, three of the Irish's top players in shortstop Kiefer Hovorka, first baseman Nelson McKown, and centerfielder Andy Hoyer are just now joining the baseball team after making it all the way to Class A state championship game in basketball before falling to Tug Valley last Saturday.
"We have only practiced outside maybe four times and had one scrimmage," Catholic coach Bill Mehle said. "It's great to get out and play the game. Obviously, we have a lot of rust with the first game. We saw some things that we trust we will not be seeing in the middle of the season.
"We have a long way to go. We had a few guys just a couple days ago playing for the state championship. They got their practices in baseball-wise but there is only so much you can do when you are making a run at the state title.
Still though, it was a huge victory for Sissonville in knocking off a Catholic team that lost in the semifinals of the state tournament last season and in the championship game the year before, and return a lot of talent.