For the Bridgeport MVB Legion Baseball squad, the last two games were big for more than just getting two more wins. Bridgeport managed to get both wins thanks to the efforts of hurler Brady Weaver.
Weaver, who left today to serve his appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, was the winning pitcher in both of those
outings. Weaver picked up a 7-2 win against Elkins last week and then came back in leading his team to a 9-0 win against Potomac Falls, Va.
“I was really happy to get Brady on the mound this season. After the state tournament he wanted to know if it would be possible to get some action on the mound knowing he was going off to Air Force and wouldn’t be here for the entire season and I know myself and his teammates were supportive of him doing that,” said coach Jason Nicholson. “It was really something special to see him go out with two straight wins, including a win against Elkins.
“I’ve been around Brady just recently and I’m just so impressed with him, and for more than just his baseball skills,” Nicholson said. “I’ve been around the game for some time now and you just don’t see kids with that type of character, work ethic and morals on top of the skill to play the game. He’s really on a different level on so many things, including how he approaches the game.”
That approach paid dividends and Weaver’s parting gifts allowed MVB to capture their fourth straight win of the year. The team now stands at 5-7 on the campaign.
Last week, Bridgeport topped Elkins Post 29 by a 7-2 score. MVB got the win after four and a half innings of play as the game was called due to continual rain.
Weaver didn’t disappoint in this game. The Class AAA first team all-state selection got the win as he tossed all five innings for the hosts. He was credited with a four-hitter and yielded just two runs. The win is even more impressive when you consider Post 29 came into the contest with an impressive 10-3 record.
Offensively, Bridgeport was paced by Trey Oliverio. Oliverio collected two hits and drove in two runners. Tyler Skidmore, Justin Lantz and Nolan Tucci all had doubles in the game, while Brandon Purkey added the other base hit for the winners, who picked up their fourth victory of the season.
On Sunday, Bridgeport came back with a 9-0 win against Potomac Falls. Weaver was credited with the shutout win as he pitched six innings. Cullin Cutright came in and closed the door in the seventh.
“At the beginning of the year you could look at the team on paper and figured we had a solid team so I was a bit disappointed we started 1-7,” said Nicholson. “Our attitudes were down, but then we got a big win against St. Mary’s and everything is turning and now we’re on a bit of a roll. We’re hitting the ball well one through nine and I’m of the boys and their effort. It’s nice to see them turning things up a notch.”
MVB is back in action tomorrow. The team hosts Clarksburg Post 13 at 7 p.m. On Friday, the team will host Garrett County (Md.) at 5:30 p.m. at Bridgeport High School.