WILLIAMSTOWN - Visiting St. Marys hammered out 13 hits, including eight doubles, to score 15 runs en route to a key 15-8 LKC North baseball win over Williamstown Thursday afternoon at Legion Field.
The Blue Devils, now 18-4 overall and 9-2 in the LKC North, got off to a fast start with seven runs in the first three innings, highlighted by three-run frames in the first and third.
Catcher Johnny Riggs belted a bases-loaded three-run double in the first, Aaron Tice had an RBI groundout in the second and in the third, Robbie Harper plated a run on an infield single, a second came home on an error and second baseman Colton Nutt doubled in another tally.
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St. Marys' Matthew Houser attempts to field a low pick off throw from pitcher Robbie Harper as Williamstown's Joel Swisher dives back to first base Thursday. The Blue Devils won, 15-8.
For the game, Nutt went 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs.
The host Yellowjackets, now 13-9 overall and 6-4 in the LKC North, got two runs in the second on RBI singles by Joel Swisher and Bret MacIver, but then watched St. Marys tack on five more runs in the top of the fourth to expand its lead to 12-2.
The five tallies came on an error, a double steal of second and home, Harper's sacrifice fly, another error and a second RBI double for Nutt.
But Williamstown did the Devils one better in the bottom of the fourth with six runs to close the gap down quickly to 12-8.
MacIver walked with the bases loaded to force in a run, Dakota Watson plated the second run on a groundout, Eli Gray then singled in two runs and first baseman Avery Goff drove a 400-foot, two-run homer over the fence in straightaway center field to cap the six-run frame.
However, that was to be the end of the run-production for the day for the 'Jackets as they were shut out the rest of the way by reliever Tyler Davis, who allowed Williamstown only two hits and just four baserunners over the last 3 1/3 innings with five strikeouts, including fanning the final three batters in the bottom of the seventh.
In the meantime, though, St. Marys added three runs in the sixth to build its lead back up to seven on consecutive two-out RBI hits, a double by Davis and singles by Nutt and Michael Stout.
''Our offensive attack is mostly what keeps us in games,'' said St. Marys head coach Ed Wilson. ''Defense and pitching at times, but we pretty much rely on our bats - and we've got some hitters. All of our top nine players are batting above .300. Our strong point has been swinging the bats.''
Williamstown head coach Terry Smith was ''proud of our guys for coming back after we got down 12-2. They didn't give up when it looked like we might get (the mercy rule) there, and we had a big inning and got right back in it, But we still ended up getting beat by seven (runs) as St. Marys just continued to hit the ball. We were never able to really close the door on them.''