PHS tops John Marshall, 9-4

PARKERSBURG – Putting all three facets of the game of baseball together, host Parkersburg High handled John Marshall at Bennett Stump Field in City Park Wednesday evening by a 9-4 margin to climb over the .500 mark for the second time this season at 13-12.

Pitcher Anthony Kist went the distance on the mound, striking out seven and walking only one while Damon Ribeiro led an 11-hit Big Red offensive attack with three hits, including a double and triple, and three RBIs, and third baseman Logan Dudley keyed a solid PHS defensive effort with several big plays.

”Anthony did a nice job, was in control the whole night,” said Big Red head baseball coach Alan Burns. ”Defensively, the kids made some nice plays and Logan looked really good at third base, got us out of a couple jams. And when you get 11, 12 hits against John Marshall, you’re doing something right.

”Tonight showed what can happen when you put all three elements of the game together.”

PHS helped its cause immensely Wednesday by scoring three runs each in the first and third innings to take a 6-l lead.

Dudley singled in the initial tally of the game in the bottom of the first, then Ribeiro tagged a two-run triple to deep center over the center fielder’s head that took two bounces and hit off the outfield fence.

After the Monarchs’ first two hits off Kist, back-to-back doubles with two outs in the top of the third for a run, PHS tacked on three more in its half of third on an error, Kist’s run-scoring groundout and Cole Parker’s RBI single.

In the fourth, Dudley made two key grabs of balls hit to third for outs at second and first to keep the Monarchs’ run total at just one.

Lucas Goodwin singled in a Big Red run in the fifth for a 7-1 lead, but John Marshall negated that with a run in the sixth only to be outdone in the PHS sixth with its final two tallies crossing the plate on Ribeiro’s double and Caleb Thrash’s single.

The Monarchs notched the game’s last two runs in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly and RBI single before Kist recorded his seventh K of the contest to end it.

After the Big Reds play host to Athens (Ohio) in their regular-season finale at 5 p.m. Friday, they and Parkersburg South play a two-team, best-of-three Class AAA sectional tournament next week at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and if needed on Thursday. Game 1 is at the Stump, Game 2 at Hank Greenburg Field with the deciding tilt if necessary back at Stump.