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MHS vs Preston
Preston's Chad Chambers steals second base.

The Dominion Post

In his first start of the season Friday, Morgantown High pitcher Jody Struble had only one thing on his mind, and it had nothing to do with baseball.

The senior wasn't thinking about just trying to get a win for his team, but one for his mother, Pam, who is battling cancer.

"I was pretty pumped up," Struble said. "I was out there to do it for my mom."

Struble took the mound and did just that, showing tremendous command and leading the Mohigans (4-5) to a 14-2 win against visiting Preston.

"Even when they were hitting the ball hard, he just kept throwing strikes and coming at them," MHS coach Mark McCarty said. "He kept us in there by throwing strikes and I thought he did a good job."

As well as Strubel pitched, and as warm as the weather was, the MHS offense was even hotter.

With MHS trailing, 1-0, in the bottom of the second, Michael Richards blasted a solo home run over the left field fence, the start of a five-run inning for the Mohigans.

"We were just here hitting batting practice," Richards said. "We've just been hitting the ball hard lately, taking a lot of batting practice, and that seems to be helping us out."

While the Morgantown bats were hitting everything in sight, the Knights (1-5) also hit the ball hard.

However, most of the balls Preston hit went straight toward defensive players, and unfortunately for the Knights, the MHS defense was sharp throughout the afternoon.

Chris Carey made an impressive leaping catch in the outfield early in the contest, and Richards grabbed a hard lined shot at third base and managed a game-ending double play.

"We just hit it to where they were at, and that's one of the things that hurt us tonight," Preston coach Dave Blaney said.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Mohigans put the game away, sending 11 batters to the plate. At one point, MHS collected four straight hits.

Carey drove in three runs in the inning on a hard double down the left-field line, and Richards and Zack Solly each recorded an RBI.

With a 12-run cushion, Struble pitched a perfect fifth inning to give the Mohigans their second win in as many days.

"This is a very young team and our only goal is to get better every day," McCarty said. "We're hoping to keep winning, but we're just going to take things one day at a time."

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