NITRO, W.Va. - Take away what turned out to be two relatively unimportant errors and nothing went wrong for the St. Albans High School baseball team in Wednesday's Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 Tournament meeting with rival Nitro.
As a result, the Red Dragons' 4-1 victory sends St. Albans into tonight's home game with sectional newcomer Logan and puts the Wildcats in the rare must-win situation when they visit Logan on Friday.
If the Red Dragons put together another winning performance tonight, Friday's contest will be an elimination game.
"We weren't totally clean," said Whitman, whose team had one error that led to an unearned run for Nitro. "I'd like for that to be a zero (errors) instead of three, but, we'll take it."
St. Albans turned a 4-6-3 double play in the fifth and Josh Burks threw out base stealers in the first and second innings. Also, St. Albans leadoff hitter Phoenix Shrewsbury had two singles and two stolen bases that led to runs. The Red Dragons stole four bases - three leading to runs.
"There were a few errors, but better field conditions would've had that taken care of," said St. Albans pitcher Dustin Turley, who pitched a complete game, went 3-for-4 with two RBI and had a stolen base. "We just tried to come out focused for seven innings and get the job done."
St. Albans (20-9), which hasn't won the sectional title since 2006, moves to tonight's game at Loftis Field against Logan (17-8). Coach Roger Gertz's Wildcats give the section a third team for the first time since 2002 when South Charleston was involved.
For the first time in 10 years, the second game of the sectional won't be a rematch of the first.
Turley's pump of the fist after securing the last out was enough evidence about his performance. He threw his first seven-inning complete game with four strikeouts and one walk. His earned run average tumbled from 2.10 to 1.79 after surrendering one unearned run that scored from the result of one of St. Albans' errors.
The first error was erased when catcher Burks threw out Eric Keller attempting to steal in the second inning and the third one belonged to Turley when a pickoff throw to second wound up in center field in the sixth.
He retired the final six batters of the game with a Dylan Slack sacrifice fly scoring Nitro's only run.