Picture above: The West Virginia Red Devils Logan Stump fires a pitch in the Wooden Bat Tournament Sunday at Epling Stadium. Stump threw a four-inning no hitter, struck out six, walked two and faced the minimum in the Red Devils 10-0 victory.

By Dave Morrison

BECKLEY – Former Independence all-stater Logan Stump, who now pitches for WVU Tech, wanted a chance to get some swings of the bat one more time. So he joined forces with the West Virginia Red Devils this weekend.

The way he was dealing on the mound in the championship game of the wooden bat tournament at Epling Stadium Sunday, he gave Post 131 nary a chance to do the same.

Stump didn’t allow a hit in four innings and faced the minimum as the Red Devils won the championship 10-0.

The Red Devils finished the tournament 6-0 and improved to 8-2 on the year.

Post 131 out of Summersville, also stocked with local talent, was the No. 2 seed and advanced to the championship, beating NRV Royals 6-4. Hunter Lester had the game-winning RBI in the fifth.

Stump had a pretty good idea that he was on early, striking out the side in the first, each one looking.

” I had command of the fast ball and went out there with confidence,” Stump said. “(Just) trying to command the zone and let them hit it. Usually good things happen when you throw strikes. The curveball looked good in the bullpen, it had a good tail on it. It just translated good to the mound.”

Meanwhile, his teammates gave him seven early runs to work with in the bottom of the first and all of them came with two outs.

Greater Beckley’s Andrew Patterson, Liberty’s Chris Begley, Stump, Woodrow Wilson’s Jacob Lovell, James Monroe’s Monroe Mohler, Greater Beckley’s Seth Wolfe and Woodrow Wilson’s Noah Rakes all scored runs in the inning.

That was more than enough for Stump, who also got his at bats and, in a moment of levity, tried to turn a triple into an inside the park home run in the bottom of the third. He nearly caught teammate Reece Standard who was trotting home from third on the hit.

Initially he was not tagged and was behind the plate and he and catcher Colin Dempsey looked at the ump before Dempsey smiled and tagged him and helped him to his feet.

Stump struck out six, five looking and walked two but those were erased by two double plays turned by the Red Devils, on nice plays by second baseman Monroe Mohler and shortstop Zach Powell.

“Stump is a great pitcher first of all,” said Post 131s Nathan Hanshew, who is expected to sign at Tech this week and become Stump’s teammate. “He throws gas and has a curveball he can mix in there too and throw you off. He kept us off balance all day and that makes a great pitcher.”

“WVU Tech’s got a good one there,” West Virginia Red Devils coach J.P. Stevens said. “When his curveball is working he is filthy. I’m glad he is still at the age where he can play for us. Every time you have him it’s nice.”

Winning the Wooden bat was the goal and now Stevens stands one game from winning his career 200th.

“It’s mean a lot,” Stevens said of the approaching milestone. “From start to finish, that’s a lot of ball games. It’s been what, 10 years of travel ball and every one of them is a competitive game. Winning any of them is nice.”

The WV Red Devils will defend their the East Coast championship next week in Virginia.