CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The South Charleston baseball team rebounded from a four-run deficit, overcoming its own mistakes and capitalizing on George Washington miscues to get the upper hand in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 3 tournament on Thursday at Bryan-McIlwain Field.
The Black Eagles' 6-4 victory included a combined seven errors, base-running mistakes and a freshman cleaning up on the mound as the best-of-three sectional moves to George Washington's Floyd B. Wilcox Field at 6 p.m. today.
"Jacob (Marler) did a great job with this being a rival game ... great job," said SC Coach Kenny Samms, speaking of his ninth-grade relief pitcher, who entered in the third inning and allowed only a Tanner Sorrells single in the fifth inning.
The Patriots (20-11) got out to a 4-0 lead on starting pitcher Jerod Jobst, who had thrown 60 pitches against 14 GW batters, surrendering singles to the game's first three batters. South Charleston's first error extended the inning. The second error by the Black Eagles (15-12) permitted two runs to come across in the second.
Samms decided that would be it for Jobst.
"I'll have a couple more innings out of him (for the sectional)," Samms said. "His changeup, about the last several games, has been up. His curveball hasn't really been effective. Anytime you can't get two over, you rely on the fastball."
Marler settled in quickly after GW leadoff hitter John Thomas was thrown out on a bunt attempt by catcher Jonathan Cline. Marler set down three consecutive batters before a Sorrells single. He then struck out Jeff Wong. His only walk of the game came in the sixth, and an error and his second walk put two runners on before another strikeout of Wong ended the game.
"When I got out there, I knew I was in a situation that I had to get outs," Marler said. "I just went out there and tried to get them to put the ball in play so that we can get the outs."
Wong, the Patriots' starting pitcher, was getting out of trouble before being lifted in the fifth inning. A leadoff single was erased by the first of two 4-6-3 double players by his defense. The second one, after SC scored its first run, ended the second inning. He left two runners on in the third and two more in the fourth.