Marietta roars past Zanesville

Photo by Jordan Holland Marietta High’s Kaylee Hamrick throws a pitch in the third inning of a high school softball game against Zanesville Friday.

MARIETTA — On “Senior Night” Friday at Phillips Field, Marietta High softball coach John Doughty gave Kaylee Hamrick the starting nod in the pitcher’s circle.

Hamrick, one of Marietta’s five seniors, delivered with seven strong innings to lead the Tigers to a 6-1 victory over visiting Zanesville.

“Being ‘Senior Night,’ I gave Kaylee the chance to pitch and I thought she stepped up and did very well,” Doughty said. “She was locating her pitches very well.”

Hamrick struck out nine Zanesville batters and walked none to earn the pitching victory. Zanesville pitcher Adrienne Stewart pitched all six innings for the Blue Devils with one walk and four strikeouts in the loss.

The Tigers, now 12-5 overall and 8-3 in the East Central Ohio League, got a couple runs early off Stewart.

In the bottom of the first, Jillian Middleton stung a two-out single to center field and advanced to third when the ball got by Mayson Hutzel. Hannah Kroft followed with a run-scoring double to right, and came around to score on Madison Gault’s single to center to make it 2-0.

Both hurlers exchanged zeros on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth when Marietta played add-on. Hunter Welch singled, Betsy Wriston reached on an error and Hamrick singled to load the bases with no outs. Middleton brought everyone home with a bases-clearing double to center field that glanced off a leaping Hutzel’s glove to make it 5-0.

“We had a couple nice hits to get us the (bigger) lead in the fifth inning,” Doughty said. “That was a big hit by Jillian.”

With Middleton on third and one out, Stewart got Gault to line into a 4-5 double play to end the inning.

Then Zanesville struck for its only run in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Stewart reached on error and scored from first when Jaelyn Mohler doubled to left field to make it 5-1. Hamrick then got Kenzie Suttles to ground out to third baseman Tyanna Washburn, stranding Mohler on second and keeping the lead at four.

MHS got the run back in the bottom half of the sixth. With Bailey Hogue on third and two outs, Stewart’s offering to Welch got by the catcher and allowed Hogue to race home and make it 6-1.

Hamrick then retired the side in the seventh to seal the deal. She limited Zanesville to three hits.

Following the game, Marietta honored seniors Hamrick, Gault, Hogue, Washburn and Megan Blair.

“This class will be special to me with me getting my 100th win last week,” Doughty said. “Couldn’t ask for a better group of seniors as far as leadership is concerned.”

A pair of sophomores led the Tigers in hitting, as Middleton and Kroft each went 2 for 3 with a double.

“They’ve been our rock all year,” Doughty said of his No. 3 and 4 hitters.

Hamrick, Gault and Welch all had singles for MHS, which visits Coshocton at 5 p.m. Monday.

“We’re feeling pretty good,” Doughty said. “We’ve got Coshocton on Monday and then we have a doubleheader with River View next Friday. River View is really good in the league now. They’re undefeated. It’d be nice to compete against those guys and see where we’re at as far as getting ready for tournaments.”