ST. MARYS - Following head coach Wirt Cook's acknowledgment that "we don't seem to score until we're behind by three, four runs," St. Marys Post 79's bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday evening to plate six runs, overcoming a 5-1 deficit en route to notch an 8-5 win over visiting Clarksburg Post 13 in the first game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader at Dave Wilson Field.
Post 79, now at 13-12 on the season, and Post 13 were knotted in a 1-1 tie until the fifth. That's when Clarksburg jumped out to a 5-1 advantage, thanks to a pair of two-RBI singles by Travis Paugh and Gauge Evans.
But now down by four runs, that seemingly was a call to arms for St. Marys, which had produced only three hits through its first four at-bats.
Cook's squad proceded to send 11 hitters to the plate to score six times to take a 7-5 lead. Aaron Tice was hit by a pitch to lead off the decisive frame, Dylan Frye followed with a walk and D.J. Burgess lined a single to left field, loading the bases.
Winning pitcher Jarrod Lough then helped his own cause, bouncing a two-run single through the hole into left, slicing the gap to 5-3. But not for long as the next batter, Ryder Bolin, boomed a two-run triple over the center fielder's head to bring Post 79 even at 5-5.
Tony Brunicardi immediately added the go-ahead-for-good run by banging an RBI single to left, and later Robbie Harper blooped a run-scoring single into short right field to give Post 79 a two-run cushion at 7-5.
Burnicardi tacked on another tally in the sixth, lining an RBI single to center, and Garrett Furr finished up on the mound for St. Marys with two scoreless innings in relief of starter Lough, who hurled the first five frames.
Each team got an RBI groundout in the first inning, with St. Marys' run coming off Lough's bat to even the count at 1-1.
In the nightcap of Tuesday's twinbill, St. Marys won 3-2 to earn a sweep and move to 14-12.
Lough went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and RBI, while Brunicardi was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Furr hurled two innings in relief of Dylan Frye to pick up the win as St. Marys snapped a 2-2 tie in the last of the sixth.
St. Marys next plays in the Cambridge (Ohio) 4th of July Legion tournament Friday - vs. Findlay (Ohio) at 3 p.m. and vs. St. Clairsville at 5:30 p.m.