Woodrow Wilson baseball fans saw a rarity Friday — a home game.

With the predictably unpredictable weather of southern West Virginia forcing several rainouts, the Flying Eagles played just their sixth game in Beckley. Senior pitcher Seth Allen made it a nice, albeit overdue, homecoming in a 5-0 win over Nicholas County.

Allen improved to 2-0, shutting out the Grizzlies on three hits in the complete game. He struck out six and walked two. After allowing Chase Smith’s leadoff single in the first inning, Allen didn’t give up another hit until the fifth.

Smith was the only Nicholas County runner to reach third.

“We did a good job all the way around,” Allen said. “We had good defense and we hit the ball pretty good. There were a couple of innings where we could have done a little bit better.

“I just threw strikes. They put the ball in play, but the fielders were there.”

Allen got help from his defense, which didn’t commit an error.

“Seth did a real good job,” Eagles coach Mark Daniel said. “He was a little high with some of his pitches in the first inning; he may not have been really loose. But he did a good job, hit his spots and the defense made some nice plays behind him.”

Nicholas starter Cody Boggs (3-1) pitched well, but Woodrow pieced together key hits in the second and fifth innings. Boggs struck out four, walked three and scattered seven hits over seven innings.

“They earned the five runs they got,” Nicholas coach Gene Morris said. “We played fairly good defense behind (Boggs). We just didn’t hit the ball. We had some opportunities to score some runs but just couldn’t get the clutch hit.”

The Eagles (12-10) got four consecutive singles in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Jimmy Earp drove in Sean McGuire and Daniel Phoebus brought in Ryan Stafford.

Woodrow added three runs in the fifth, getting a run-scoring single from Allen and an RBI groundout from Stafford. Nicholas helped a little when Drew Trump scored on an error.

“We didn’t hit the ball real well today,” Daniel said. “Maybe the layoff had something to do with it.”

The game was Woodrow’s first since Monday’s loss at Riverside in the MSAC playoffs, and its first at home since beating Lincolon County 11-4 on April 21. Before that, Woodrow had not played at Flying Eagle Field since a 5-1 loss to Parkersburg South on April 3.

Daniel said the lack of home games is a detriment. With Woodrow playing in the MSAC, most away games require two-hour trips each way, with the players often getting back into Beckley at midnight and having to go to school the next morning.

“That takes its toll, it really does,” Daniel said. “I don’t like making it an excuse, but it is an excuse. But you need your home games just to be rested up right now.”

The game was delayed a bit in the bottom of fifth when Morris noticed Trump was listed as No. 23 on Daniel’s lineup card. The Woodrow shortstop wore jersey No. 7.

After the umpires discussed it with Morris and Daniel, the matter was dismissed as a mistake and game continued.

Nicholas finished the regular season 14-9. Woodrow returns home today — weather permitting — to host Greenbrier East at noon.

Woodrow and Nicholas meet again next week in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 tournament. The Eagles host the Grizzlies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before playing the second game in Summersville at 6 p.m. Thursday.

A third game, if necessary, would be played at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Beckley.

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Woodrow Wilson 5, Nicholas County 0

NC: 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

WW: 020 030 x — 5 7 0

NC: Cody Boggs and Shawn Stewart, WW: Seth Allen and Lanny Meadows. WP — Allen. LP — Boggs. Hitting — NC: Chase Smith 1-3, Wes Persinger 1-2, Cody Smith 1-2, WW: Meadows (2b), Allen (rbi), Ryan Stafford (rbi), Jimmy Earp (rbi), Daniel Phoebus (rbi).

Records: NC: 14-9; WW: 11-10.


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