"His pitching was kind of hard to get adjusted to, he had a short-armed action," Golden said. "He came right out of the glove and went straight up. That's something we're definitely not used to. Picking the ball up was a little bit easier, but watching his full arm action, we just found a way."
Once they found a way, hitting became contagious for the 2012 Class A state semifinalists.
"They're well coached. They're staying back, spreading out and getting a good swing on it instead of getting out in front of it," Harvey said. "(Hinton) got a little tired. Our reliever (Tony Borelli) isn't here and I didn't want to bring in a pitcher cold out of the field. We tried to get out of the inning and they got a little bit more than we wanted and it got away from us."
The Crusaders were missing two players because of injuries and one who was participating in an academic function.
Despite the lack of numbers, Parkersburg Catholic closed the gap again in the fifth. The Crusaders received a two-out single from star center fielder Mitch Davis before Boice was hit by a pitch. Junior Jake Ullman, who leads the Crusaders with a .561 average, singled in Davis. Austin Luther followed with a two-run double to cut the lead to three. Davis was 3-for-3 with a double for the Crusaders.
A wild pitch in the sixth allowed Hinton to score before the Irish were able to cobble together insurance runs.
Charleston Catholic's Golden, Hovorka and Hoyer had two hits apiece, with Golden and Hoyer knocking in two runs apiece.
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