Marietta wins crazy contest

ATHENS, Ohio – The left arms of Brandon Schamp and Turner Hill helped put the Marietta Tigers in Wednesday’s Division II district championship game against Athens.

Hill’s throw to the plate from center field with two outs in the seventh inning Monday beat Fairfield Union’s Donnie Waldrop, who was attempting to score the tying run, to end the game and give MHS a 4-3 win in a district semifinal game at Ohio University’s Bob Wren Stadium.

On the mound, Schamp struck out 10 batters and allowed just one earned run in 6 2-3 innings to earn his seventh victory of the year.

“Brandon Schamp did a great job,” said Marietta skipper Jim Thrash. “It’s a shame he couldn’t get that last one, but he got the win and kept us in the game. He was tough as nails.”

Schamp took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning and quickly fanned the first two batters. However, a single and two hit batsmen loaded the bases and prompted Thrash to call Brandon Neville to the mound. Neville faced one batter, Fairfield Union’s Bradley Wolfe, who hit a bouncer back up the middle. Shortstop Isaac Danford made a diving attempt at the ball but couldn’t get to it, allowing Matthew Smith to score. Falcons head coach Chris Weber then sent Waldrop from second to try to tie the game. In center, Hill got to the ball quickly and fielded it cleanly before firing to catcher Boyd Bingler. The ball made it to the plate without a bounce, and Bingler quickly swung around and applied the tag on Waldrop to prevent the tying run from scoring and secure the eighth straight victory for the orange and black.