Moundsville, Beverly/Lowell record Legion wins
ST. MARYS – Moundsville Post 3 right-hander Schuyler Callahan used 141 pitches to finish off an 8-2 victory here Friday night against host St. Marys Post 79 in American Legion baseball action at Dave Wilson Field.
Head coach Wirt Cook’s Post 79 squad, which dropped to 14-9 and plays a 1 p.m. twinbill today at Weirton Post 10, left the bases loaded three times and had just one hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Callahan recorded eight strikeouts and issued seven walks – three of those to Ty Lemley – but made pitches when he needed to and finished with a six-hitter.
St. Marys leadoff hitter Dylan Frye went 2 for 3 with a triple and a run-batted-in. No. 9 hitter Braden Barnhart was 1 for 2 with a double and a bases-loaded RBI walk, while right fielder Robbie Harper went 3 for 4 and had a pair of outfield assists. He gunned down Philip Smith at the plate in the fifth and nailed Cole Clutter (2 for 4, RBI) at third in the sixth.
Post 79 losing pitcher Tyler Davis (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO) allowed a run in the second when Mark Walker singled and later scored on Branden Mason’s RBI groundout. Although Harper singled in the bottom of the second and scored on Barnhart’s RBI free pass, Post 3 (9-14) took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the third. Callahan drew a bases-loaded RBI walk that scored Dalton McDonald and Shane Wellman made it 3-1 when he scored on the first of four St. Marys errors.
The final Post 79 tally came in the fourth when Lemley walked, swiped second and scored on Frye’s two-out RBI stand-up triple to right-center.
Moundsville, which was led by Walker’s 3 for 4 effort and Mason’s two RBIs, tacked on another run in the sixth thanks to McDonald’s RBI single to right, which chased Davis. Post 79 relief pitcher Jarrod Lough was touched up for a quartet of runs in the top of the seventh. Mason, Andrew Rush and Clutter each collected an RBI.
Beverly/Lowell 8, Cambridge 0
MARIETTA – Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 and Cambridge Post 84 each went into Friday’s matchup against one another red hot, Beverly/Lowell having won 16 of its last 17 and Cambridge having won its last seven.
With a spot in the district championship on the line, something – or someone – had to give.
It wasn’t Beverly/Lowell.
Post 389/750 took advantage of four Cambridge errors in the second inning to score six runs in the frame while starting pitcher Kyler Dennis pitched a complete-game shutout as B/L claimed an 8-0 victory at Don Schaly Stadium.
Beverly/Lowell clinched a berth in today’s district title game at 1 p.m. versus Cambridge, which eliminated St. Clairsville 12-2.
B/L was given several extra outs in the bottom of the second and took full advantage. Gunnar Smith grounded to shortstop, but reached on an error to start the inning. Cambridge starter Matt Tom got the next two batters to fly out, which should have ended the inning, but Tom had to try to dig down and get one more batter.
Unfortunately for Cambridge, he wouldn’t be able to do that until eight batters later after six runs had already crossed the plate.
Joel Estes worked a walk to put runners at first and second with two outs. Bryce Gandee then grounded to short for a hit, but the shortstop’s throw got by the first baseman and allowed Smith to score the game’s first run. With runners now at the corners and Jake Ullman at the plate, Beverly/Lowell executed a double steal to plate Estes. Gandee stole second on the play and advanced to third on an errant throw home. He would then score on Ullman’s single to left, and just like that the score was 3-0.
Next batter Ethan Estes grounded to third, but the roller was bobbled, putting runners at first and second.
Lance Schafer then cranked a double to left field to bring in Ullman. After Ethan Estes scored on a wild pitch, Derek Layton singled up the middle to drive in Schafer and give Post 389/750 a six-run cushion.