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St. Clairsville Red Devils Outhit the Athens Bulldogs

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ATHENS, Ohio – The St. Clairsville Red Devils (19-10) made the two hour trip to Bob Wren Stadium on Thursday afternoon to face-off with a red hot Athens Bulldogs (21-7) squad. The Red Devils were coming off a 13-3 victory over the Meadowbrook Colts while the Bulldogs played hero ball, and came from behind to win by walk-off against the Warren Warriors, 5-4.

St. Clairsville’s Kyle Stover got the nod for the Red Devils, and he was marvelous. Stover pitched a complete game while only giving up two runs on four hits. Not only did Stover handle the bats of the Bulldogs, but he did his part at the plate, as well.

Jack Cornwell had the ball for Athens, and he had a tough task at hand. Cornwell pitched six innings while giving up six runs, he hit for himself, as well. Cornwell was relieved by Reece Wallace who pitched an inning while giving up three runs.

The Red Devils’ bats were clicking on cylinders. Not even the hour long rain delay could slow down this Red Devils’ offense. They scored in every inning except for the second. Jakob Jarvis had a big game, he notched a triple along with a couple runs batted in to his credit.

Wallace said, “They hit great, and they weren’t just tapping little bloopers over second base, they were squaring it up every time they did and it really hurt us.”

The hot bats and stellar pitching came at the worst time for the hometown Bulldogs as their phenomenal season comes to an end. The Bulldogs graduate two seniors, Eli Kennedy and Nick Barga. Athens will be returning a bunch of talent to the 2020 season and will be entering with a lot of experience.

But until then, the St. Clairsville Red Devils will continue their pursuit of a Regional Championship tomorrow, Friday, May 31 as they face-off against Steubenville Big Red at Bob Wren Stadium at 5 p.m.