Post 64 eliminated
St. Clairsville ousts Marietta from District Tournament, 13-1
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Marietta Post 64 presented St. Clairsville with a first-inning gift of a pair of runs and that proved to be all Post 159 needed as they rolled to a 13-1, five-inning win in an elimination game at the District 11 tournament at Don Coss Field in Cambridge Tuesday night.
St. Clairsville greeted Marietta starting pitcher Mark Duckworth with back-to-back base hits by Braylen Bloomquist and Chase Goff to begin the game and then benefited from a wild pitch and a pair of Post 64 throwing errors to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.
Duckworth walked Mason Myers and then allowed an infield hit to Treston Nemeth before recovering to retire the next three St. Clairsville hitters to minimize the damage.
Marietta’s first inning began the same way as Post 159’s did as shortstop and lead-off hitter Lucas Cox singled and moved to second on Duckworth’s opposite field hit.
While the Post 64 defense let them down in the opening inning, St. Clairsville’s did not as starting pitcher Dylan Gregorcic induced first baseman Corbin Alkire to bounce into a double-play before retiring Dakota Miller on a ground out to shortstop to end the inning without a single run crossing the plate.
Unfortunately for Post 64, those two first inning singles were the only hits they collected as the St. Clairsville trio of Gregorcic, Collin Snedeker and Myers held them in check the rest of the way.
After the slow start Duckworth recovered to keep Post 159 off the board in the second but the lefty wasn’t nearly as fortunate in the third as St. Clairsville chased him by sending 11 hitters to the plate while scoring eight times to blow things wide open.
Key hits in the inning for the winners included a two-run single by Snedeker and a two-run triple from Myers off of the fence in right field.
Marietta put together a threat in the top of the fourth when Miller reached base on a fielding error and then outran a throw from third base on a grounder by Hayden Pelletier.
One out later Josh Martin drew a walk to load the bases but St. Clairsville first baseman Drew Sefsick made an alert play when he knocked down a line drive off of the bat of Justin Thompson and fired the ball home to catcher Chase Goff who stepped on the plate and fired the ball back to Sefsick to retire Thompson for an inning-ending double play.
St. Clairsville capped the scoring with three runs in the top of the fifth on a long two-run double by Myers and an RBI-double by Nemeth.
Myers was awarded the win after throwing 1 2/3 innings of perfect ball while Duckworth was tagged with the loss.
While Post 64’s season comes to a close with a 14-22 mark, Post 159 (14-8) will live to fight again as they await the loser of Wednesday evening’s winners bracket match up between Cambridge and Beverly/Lowell.