April 16, 2014 — The West Carter baseball team tried to accomplish something last Thursday that had never been done in school history.
The Comets were searching for the first ever 16th Region All “A” Championship against Morgan County.
But Cougar freshman infielder Sean Gevedon’s two-out single in the top of the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie to help the Cougars earn a 5-3 win at Ernie Chattin Field in Ashland Thursday night.
On a night where Morgan County had to travel 67 miles each way from West Liberty to Ashland for the second straight day, the Cougars did not show signs of fatigue from the long bus ride.
“I’m so proud of my kids,” Morgan coach Jared Hammonds said. “This is a confidence builder for our season, winning the All “A” Championship. But West Carter made us earn it. They are a great ball club.”
After Lance Frederick drew a leadoff walk and Logan Hembree fielder’s choice in the top of the eighth, Hunter Adams poked a single into right field. Two batters later, Lumpkins reached on base after an infield error.
That’s when Gevedon hit a seeing-eye single to center allowing Hembree to score from third. Sophomore Perry Franklin would follow Gevedon with an infield hit to score Adams.
“We showed our youth at the end of the game,” West Coach Tim Johnson said. “But we’ve been in these situations before and come out on the right end of them. They got a little tight and nervous at the end of the game.”
Morgan County (6-6) pitcher Joey Stamper allowed six hits through the first three innings. Over the next five frames, he and freshman Coby Lumpkins combined for one hit to keep the Comets from scoring.
“They’ve scored a lot of runs this year and coming into this game, I knew we were going to have to have good pitching if we were going to win,” Hammonds said. “Joey Stamper pitched well early and Coby Lumpkins has done really well.”