Beverly/Lowell legion team survives late rally attempt by Marietta legion squad

Post 389/750’s Roberts shuts down 9th-inning run

Tate Engle of Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 slides home safely on a double steal as Marietta Post 64 catcher Justin Thompson looks for the ball. Photo by Ron Johnston

MARIETTA – Beverly/Lowell won the game but lost two key starters in the process.

Post 389/750 overcame injuries to first baseman Logan Isner and pitcher/outfielder Drew Huffman to defeat Marietta Post 64, 8-6, in American Legion baseball action at Legion Field Tuesday night.

Isner dove and tried to snare a hard-hit ball by Post 64’s Toby Minder in the bottom of the first inning, while Huffman bunted a ball into his face in the top of the fourth. Neither player returned to action.

“Obviously, my first concern is with their health,” said BevLow skipper Todd Engle. “Logan has always had problems with dislocated shoulders going back to his football days. It went out but then it went back in.

“Drew got hit both in the nose and in the mouth — and his front tooth is loose. He’s already left.”

Beverly/Lowell, which downed Marietta, 3-1, at Fort Frye High last week, improved its record to 24-7.

“The way our guys responded tonight, I told them that I was extremely proud of all of them,” Engle said. “They did a good job.”

Offensively, leadoff batter Tate Engle (the coach’s son) stroked three singles, drove in a run, and scored twice to lead the winners. Nate Brothers added two hits and two ribbies, while Konnor Roberts also knocked in two.

Roberts also picked up a save, relieving Brett Gandee, who pitched 5.1 innings to get the win. Huffman started on the hill but only lasted an inning.

Derek Duckworth suffered the mound setback for Post 64. Both Dan Hiser and Max Cogswell threw in relief. At the plate, Minder was 4 for 5 and Zach Cunningham chipped in with three singles.

“We let them dominate us a little bit tonight,” said Marietta boss Larry Hiser, whose ballclub fell to 15-7. “We didn’t get outs when we needed to get outs, and didn’t really attack them on the mound like we attacked them with Kail (Hill) last week. We let them have a little bit more life, and they capitalized.”

But, after a Minder hit in the opening frame, Post 64 capitalized on four straight two-out walks to take a 2-0 lead.

BevLow got one of those runs back in the top of the second when Tate Engle singled home Kam Hesson.

Marietta made it 3-1 in the bottom half of the frame when Dakota Miller legged it home on Minder’s second hit of the contest.

Bouncing back in the top of the third, BevLow plated three runs to take a 4-3 advantage. Roberts, Brothers, and Gandee each drove in a run.

Post 389/750 gave itself a two-run cushion in the fourth when Clayton Cook was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Still battling, though, Post 64 cut it to one again in the bottom half of the frame on Corbin Alkire’s RBI single.

BevLow tacked on another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to make it 8-4.

Marietta went down fighting, though, with two runs in its last at-bats in the bottom of the seventh. Minder and Cunningham each singled home a run.

“Marietta’s a pretty good baseball team,” Todd Engle said. “They’re going to make you get 21 outs. They continued to grind in the last inning, and that’s the mark of a good team.”