Hedgesville doesn't mind a little Christmas in May.
This year, it put the Eagles in the Class AAA State Tournament championship game.
Coach Dirk Webb's Eagles took advantage of seven Parkersburg South errors in a 6-3 victory over the Patriots, sending Hedgesville into the triple-A championship at approximately 4:30 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park.
"We didn't get good counts and it wasn't with authority," Webb said.
South senior shortstop Clay Walters had five errors - two fielding and three throwing - while wearing a faceguard intended to protect his jaw, which had been broken.
Parkersburg South Coach Matt Null said the faceguard affects his fielding.
"Balls to his left side have given him trouble and, of course, high school athlete, you make a mistake it's in your mind," Null said. "It was uncharacteristic."
Still, Hedgesville received a solid pitching performance from Cody Butts. He gave up three earned runs, but just four hits and one walk. Butts also helped his cause at the plate, finishing with two hits and two RBI.
The Patriots (26-10) struggled to muster much offense, although Jacob Wilcox knocked in two runs to cut Hedgesville's lead to 4-3 in the fourth inning. The Eagles added two insurance runs in the sixth.