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MONROEVILLE—A few timely hits during a classic pitcher’s duel spelled a victory for Bellmont over their feisty opponent, Heritage, in an NHC/ACAC clash, 3-2.
On the road and struggling for victories amidst their difficult schedule stretch, Bellmont, now 3-8, got an all-star effort from their 6’5” hurler, Matt Chronister, who went the distance going seven innings for the victory with 13 K's.
"Matt pitched an excellent game, especially late," praised BHS coach Ben Fawbush. "He started off getting behind and throwing too many pitches but then he settled in and threw like we knew he could."
Scoreless through two full innings, Bellmont seized their opportunity in the third when Parker Zeser led off with a double. After a wild pitch moved the sophomore to third base, Jordan Hilyard stepped up with a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield to score Zeser for the game’s first run.
Chronister walked the second batter he faced in the game but then retired the next eleven leading into the fifth inning carrying a no-hitter to that point.
In the Heritage fifth, the Patriots got three of their four hits in the game starting with identical back-to-back infield singles from Wil Knapke and Kyle Macke that rolled down the third baseline leaving no play for Hilyard charging in.
After a Chronister strikeout, Jake Roop roped a single to centerfield scoring Knapke from second base and moving Macke to third. Roop moved to second on the throw home. Jake’s brother Nathan Roop struck out for the second out on the next at-bat but during the battle, a wild pitch scored Macke giving the Patriots a 2-1 lead. Chronister got Cole Gerardot to strike out for the clean sweep in the inning.