Prep roundup: April 21

WHEELING — There are days on the diamond when a team must find a way to score runs where the clutch hits aren’t falling.
Wheeling Park did just that April 21, as it rallied from two runs down for a 3-2 walk-off victory over University in an OVAC 5A semifinal, at Patriot Field. The Patriots will play Parkersburg South, a 1-0 winner against Morgantown, for the championship next weekend.
In four-straight innings, the Patriots got their leadoff hitter on base but runs just weren’t coming. That was until Park coach Mike McLeod went to the hit-and-run.
Park tied the game and scored the game-winning run on hit-and-run plays, a strategy that McLeod says comes from just believing in his players.
“You have to instill the trust in your players,” McLeod said. “When you get to these big games where the teams are equal, you have to do some things that you normally wouldn’t do to get over the hump.”

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