South, North Marion split twinbill
PARKERSBURG – In the baseball home opener here Friday at Hank Greenburg Field, host Parkersburg South managed a twinbill split against North Marion.
The Huskies (1-2) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the top of the first and cruised to a 15-7 triumph in game one. However, the tide turned in the nightcap as the Patriots of skipper Matt Null exploded for nine first-inning runs en route to a 15-3 five-inning victory.
Tyler Berry, who went a combined 4 for 5 with four runs scored, a steal, a double, two triples and four runs-batted-in, hurled a three-hit complete-game victory. Mixed in with his five walks, two strikeouts and a hit batsman, the lanky left-hander registered a pair of pickoffs.
A nifty 6-4-3 double play from Caleb Wells to Tyler Parsons, whose throw was scooped by first baseman Alex Simon, made it two quick outs in the top of the first. Travis Smith opened game two with a base on balls, but Matt Hawkins hit into the DP.
Parkersburg South No. 9 hitter Dylan Cress actually made the initial out in the bottom of the first, but that came on a sacrifice fly.
The big inning started with a single by Dakota Robinson, who stole second, moved to third on an error and made it 1-0 on Kyle Thompson’s RBI infield single. Berry followed with a swinging tapper which went for an infield hit. After Alex Simon laced an RBI double to right and Cody Smith had a run-scoring single, the Huskies lifted losing pitcher Quint Hill. Cody Grier entered and allowed an infield single to Damon Gandee, Tyler Parsons added an RBI knock to center and Caleb Wells was plunked, which loaded the bases for Cress.
Following the sac fly by Cress, Robinson came up again and produced an RBI double to center. The final damage was done by Berry, who had a two-run double to right.
North Marion’s only runs in game two came in the top of the second, but only one of the tallies was earned and the lone RBI came from a Smith sacrifice fly.
After scoring twice more in the third, one via an RBI single by Simon, the Patriots tacked on four more in the fourth. Parsons, who was at third, executed what turned out to be a delayed rundown double-steal with Wells for one run. Cress and Simon also had run-scoring singles.
Kyle Bourgeois took the mound setback in game one. Simon went 2 for 4 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs to give him five overall.
Skylar Brooks registered the win and Matt Hawkins earned the save for the Huskies, who received a 3 for 4 effort from Smith. Christian Tomana also went 3 for 4 effort with three RBIs.
The 2-1 Patriots return to action at noon today with another home doubleheader when Wheeling Park invades.