CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There didn't need to be a full moon on Thursday night for a George Washington-South Charleston baseball game to feature double-digit runs for both teams in a contest that goes down to the wire.
So, there were no surprises at Bryan-McIlwain Field when the teams combined for 26 hits, seven errors and four wild pitches in a 13-12 George Washington victory.
In their last seven meetings, one team has scored at least double-digit runs in every game, which includes their sectional confrontations.
On Thursday the Patriots (14-9), with their .317 team batting average, received a big effort from Florida transplant John Thomas, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
"This guy right here, he came out of his shell tonight," said GW Coach Chad Campbell, pointing to the sophomore leadoff hitter. "I told him before we came to this game, I said, 'You're going to see a different kind of game tonight. It's a rivalry game.' He gets on third base and I said, 'John, this isn't even sectionals yet.' "
The seven-inning contest resembled a basketball game at times with three lead changes and GW scoring four runs in the second and eight in the fifth, and South Charleston putting up six in the second and four in the sixth.
Both teams started freshman pitchers, not willing to show their best with the Class AAA Region 3 Section 3 tournament looming in two weeks.
Austin Henrich went two innings for GW, giving way to sophomore Grant Wooten in the third inning.