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Parkersburg South’s Brandt Butcher scores the first run of the game during Tuesday’s 10-8 setback to Bridgeport at Hank Greenburg Field.
(Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

PARKERSBURG — Catcher Michael Romano had a big game out of the No. 9 hole, Justin Duvall fanned five for a two-inning save and Rowan Michaelis earned the mound triumph as Bridgeport held off Parkersburg South, 10-8, here Tuesday evening at Hank Greenburg Field.

Michaelis, who worked 4 1-3 innings while giving up six hits with one walk and seven punchouts, allowed his lone earned run in the first inning when losing pitcher Dylan Holliday doubled and courtesy runner Brandt Butcher crossed on T.J. Thomas’ RBI single.

The Indians, who improved to 14-2 and won their eighth straight with a 4 p.m. game set for today at University, pushed across four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to take control.

However, the Patriots of first-year skipper Bryan Youngblood rallied with a three-run fifth and a four-run sixth, but could only cut it to 9-8 entering the seventh as Kasen Baun walked, stole two bases and scored on a South error for the final run of the affair.

“Those things come to an end. Win streaks come to an end,” said Youngblood of his 9-7 program, which had a four-game win streak snapped as the Patriots return to action at 7 p.m. today in Ripley. “You just got to deal with it and move on. It would’ve been nice to get this one tonight, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Dylan Holliday did a good job of keeping them at bay for a little bit and we jumped up one run and then they went up big. I told the kids not to fold and coach (Robert) Shields even said afterwards you got a scrappy bunch here, and we do.

Parkersburg South’s Cade Mackey receives a pickoff throw while Bridgeport’s Zach Rohrig returns safely to first base during the Indians’ 10-8 victory Tuesday at Hank Greenburg Field.
(Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

“That’s what we are going to have to do this year. We’re going to have to scratch and claw our way to victories against these better teams. We’ve competed with the better teams and this is a top five team. We can’t dwell on this one for too long because we got Ripley tomorrow and it’s a big sectional game. We competed against Ripley the first time and they are a top five team. We just got to go down there and take care of business. We got Cade Mackey on the mound. We need to string a few hits together and play some good defense.”

Baun finished 3 for 4 and had a two-run single in the fourth and an RBI infield single in the fifth.

Romano, who went 2 for 3, delivered a two-run double in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth.

The Indians, who got to PSHS relief pitcher Landon Utt for five earned runs, hit into a double play in each of the first four innings.

South started its comeback against BHS relief pitcher Grant Lively. Patriot shortstop and No. 9 hitter Eli Davis got the fifth inning going with a leadoff walk. He scored when Holliday reached on an error. Ty Davis and courtesy runner Kyle Cox came home thanks to Colten DeMoss’ two-run single to left.

Parkersburg South’s Dylan Holliday fouls off a pitch during the Patriots’ 10-8 setback to Bridgeport on Tuesday at Hank Greenburg Field.
(Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

The four-run sixth started with a Conner McMullen single and Eli Davis then took one for the team. Leadoff hitter Carter McLain, who went 3 for 5, followed with an opposite-field RBI double to left. Mackey also had a run-scoring knock to left.

McLain managed a two-out double in the seventh when he rocketed a shot that one-hopped off the fence in center, but Duvall punched out Ty Davis to secure the win.

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Parkersburg South’s Carter McLain dives back to the bag as Bridgeport first baseman Carson Currey awaits the throw during the Indians’ 10-8 win on Tuesday at Hank Greenburg Field.
(Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

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