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Bev-Low moving on!

Post 389/750 cruises over Zanesville in District Tournament

Photo by Mike Morrison Beverly-Lowell’s Wade Pauley (35) touches home plate while teammate Thomas Miller (24) looks on during Post 389/750’s District Tournament win over Zanesville on Monday in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — Beverly/Lowell still hasn’t played their best baseball in this year’s District 11 baseball tournament at Don Coss Field in Cambridge.

What must be scary for their opponents is the fact that despite their struggles Post 389/750 controls its own destiny after polishing off Zanesville (Post 29) Monday night to advance to a Wednesday evening winners bracket game against Cambridge.

Beverly/Lowell scored in each of the first four innings as they built an early lead and then the defending state champions relied on the solid pitching of starter Cam Tennant and reliever Braden Miller to cruise to their 24th win of the season against just five defeats.

Despite the 10-run win, BevLow head coach Todd Engle feels his team will need to play much better going forward if they have hopes of winning the tourney and advancing to the state tournament in Lancaster.

“Some of the good things we were doing way back in week one we have gotten away from here at the end of the road as far as tournament play,” said Engle.

“I wouldn’t trade places with any other team in the tournament but we are going to have to play much cleaner ball to get to where we want to be.”

The only two runs scored off of the right handed combo of Tennant and Miller were of the unearned variety as Post 389/750 committed four errors in the seven inning contest.

Fortunately for Beverly/Lowell, Zanesville struggled defensively as well as they committed six miscues of their own as 7 of the first eight runs to cross the plate for the winners were unearned .

After scoring an unearned run in the first, Beverly got an RBI single in the second from shortstop Seth Dennis and a two-run single by first baseman Alex Greuey in the third inning to jump out to a 4-1 lead.

Post 389/750 added four more in the top of the fourth to break things wide open keyed by a two-run double by former Warren Warrior and future Marietta Pioneer Kurt Taylor.

Tennant went the first three innings on the bump before giving way to Miller who allowed three base-hits and an unearned run while fanning five to notch the win.

Post 389/750 added three more in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 10 with key hits coming from the Warren trio of Dennis, Taylor and Thomas Miller.

Dennis collected three hits in the game while Taylor, Miller and Greuey each chipped in with two apiece to pace the 10-hit attack.

The win sets Beverly/Lowell up for a winners bracket match-up against Cambridge on Wednesday evening.

CAMBRIDGE 8, MARIETTA 7

Cambridge (Post 84) advanced in the winners bracket as well after downing Marietta (Post 64) 8-7 in Monday evening’s night cap.

Post 84 rallied from three runs behind early to take a 7-5 lead into the sixth inning only to see Marietta put together a rally of their own.

Marietta scored twice in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 7-7 with both runs crossing the plate on wild pitches.

Cambridge re-claimed the lead in the bottom of the inning on a clutch run scoring single by Drew Yanico, his fourth hit of the game and then got a strong inning of relief from Caden Burga who struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to nail down the save and secure the win.

Post 84 got strong starting pitching from Buckeye Trail right Jensen Helmuth who fanned 10 in five and a third innings of work.

Marietta got a pair of base hits and three stolen bases from lead-off man Dakota Miller and a clutch two-run base hit from Levi Cox.

Post 64 will now have to climb their way out of the losers bracket beginning tomorrow night when they face St. Clairsville in an elimination game at 6 p.m.

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