Since dropping a 5-1 decision to Nitro on April 29, St. Albans is 4-1 and has given up a combined four runs in four of those games.
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GEORGE WASHINGTON will face South Charleston at 6 p.m. at Bryan-McIlwain Field for the Class AAA, Region 3, Section 3 championship.
The fifth meeting of the season will also be the rubber match, with GW (21-11) earning a 13-12 win on April 25 and a 6-5 victory in the second game of the best-of-three sectional series Saturday. The Black Eagles (15-13) won their Mountain State Athletic Conference place game 10-7 on April 29 and the first sectional game last Thursday, 6-4.
The winner hosts Riverside in the Region 3 semifinal Monday, with the regional championship game set for Wednesday.
The Patriots, who have a 3.54 team earned run average, are led on the mound by junior Tanner Sorrells.
Sorrells lasted just one inning in GW's series-tying sectional matchup with South Charleston, has a 7-0 record with 34 strikeouts, 19 walks and a 2.52 ERA in 41 2/3 innings.
Sophomore Jeff Wong has a 4.08 ERA in 46 1/3 innings and freshman Austin Henrich has a 4.40 ERA in 43 innings.
South Charleston is led on the mound by Jonathan Pauley, who leads the team in innings pitched (55) and earned run average (4.58) and is tied for the team lead in strikeouts (50).
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HERBERT HOOVER will continue its quest for a spot in the State Tournament with a visit to Clay County to face the Panthers in the Class AA Region 4, Section 1 Tournament.
A victory by Hoover (26-3) eliminates the Panthers (18-12). A Clay victory will force an elimination game. The winner of Section 1 will play again on Tuesday when it hosts Sissonville.
Hoover won its first 16 games of the season, but has slowed down from the torrid pace it kept the first month of the season, and is 5-2 in its last seven games.
The Huskies have a 2.21 team earned run average, led by junior Cody Bowen, who has a 5-1 record and 1.75 ERA. Hoover also has five pitchers with at least four victories apiece. Junior Tristan Fields also is 5-1 and has a 2.12 ERA and team-high 48 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings.
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