Post 15 dealt setback

PARKERSBURG – Ten runs in the first three innings, including a disastrous seven-run third for host Parkersburg Post 15, led to a shortened 11-1 win in five frames for Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 in the first game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader Wednesday night at City Park.

Victorious Beverly/Lowell, now 10-4, won on the pitching side of the game too as Morgan’s Mason Edgell twirled a two-hitter, while his 389/750 teammates were making it hard on Post 15 starter Zach VanCamp, who gave up the first seven runs in just two plus innings of mound work.

It was 3-0 Beverly/Lowell after two innings. Tate Engle singled with one out in the top of the first and Derek Layton followed by belting a ball to the base of the left-field fence for a double to put two on base at second and third.

Then Philip Hoffman, one of the stars of Wahama’s two-year run to the West Virginia Class A state championship, delivered a sacrifice fly to cenrer field and a wild pitch plated run No. 2.

In the second, four walks in a row with two outs to force in run boosted the lead to 3-0.

But the fateful third saw 389/750 put the hammer down on Post 15, now 6-5,

By the time Hunter Thompson replaced VanCamp on the hill, it was already 5-0 on two more wild pitches, and another five tallies were posted on the scoreboard before inning ended.

Post 15 turned an infield single into a two-run throwing error, and Turner Hill and Isaac Huffman had RBI singles sandwiched around Hoffman’s second sac fly.

With its only two hits in the twinbill opener in the bottom of the third, Parkersburg was able to use one of those to notch its lone run. With two outs, Ty Flowers walked, then stole second before Joe Riley lined an RBI single into right-center field to score the speedy Flowers.

A Mike Fox single followed and a walk loaded the bases, but a groundout to short closed the book on any further Post 15 scoring threat in the inning.

In the fourth, Beverly/Lowell tacked on what turned out to be the game-winning run an inning later. A single, infield single and a walk filled the bases with two outs before a Post 15 fielding error brought the run home.

“It was quite obvious we were missing three starters,” said Post 15 manager Jim Goodwin. “But they (Beverly/Lowell) have got a good team – they always do – and they’re always fundamentally-sound.”

But Goodwin knows that his 2016 squad is very young by Legion standards. “So we’ve got a lot of growing to do and we will learn from this experience,” he said.

Post 15 next plays at Athens (Ohio) Post 21 in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

On the Beverly/Lowell side, “we got off to a rocky start on the season with some injuries,” said head coach Todd Engle. “But we have won four of five, so we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now and I like it where we’re at.”

St. Clairsville is at Beverly/Lowell at 5:30 p.m. today for a single game.