Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP BASEBALL - SOUTH CHARLESTON 5, CABELL MIDLAND 4 ; Black Eagles Rally Past Midland

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP BASEBALL - SOUTH CHARLESTON 5, CABELL MIDLAND 4 ; Black Eagles Rally Past Midland

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If South Charleston needed some momentum in order to clinch its first Mountain State Athletic Conference baseball playoff appearance in the 11-year coaching reign of Ken Samms, Monday night gave the Black Eagles just want they were looking for. Junior second baseman Brendan Quinn hit a double to left-center field in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday, giving SC a 5-4 win over Cabell Midland. The win improved SC's record to 14-3 and put the Eagles on an emotional high for their home game Tuesday against Capital. A win over the Cougars will not just put the Eagles in the MSAC playoff field, but secure the top seed in the league's East Division, meaning that SC will host the playoffs for the first time.

"It's really good, especially [if] we're hosting it here with all the crowd around and everything, Quinn said. "It'll get us going.

The dramatic win came after Midland took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning and failed to hold it through a string of fielding and catching miscues, as well as some timely hitting in the late innings by SC.

The Knights (6-8) got a leadoff single from Jakob Jitima that led to a manufactured run. Jitima stole second then moved to third on a sacrifice, and got to stay put when a fielder's choice by SC first baseman Isaiah Moss did not record an out with speedy leadoff hitter Colton Carter at bat.

After SC starting pitcher Trevor Sampson walked Midland's Cole Tilly the Knights were able to score Jitima on an error, bring Carter home on another fielder's choice and Tilly scored on a single by Tanner Brandon.

Although Midland left just five runners on base compared to SC's seven, Knights coach Tracy Brumfield said there were too many opportunities and too many mistakes that kept his team from capitalizing on its chances to get to the .500 mark.

"We get the lead, we go up by two and then we can't get the leadoff man on, Brumfield said. …

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