Nine-run 2nd inning lifts Parkersburg past Marietta
MARIETTA — Marietta Post 64 held Parkersburg Post 15 scoreless for six of seven innings in Wednesday evening’s American Legion tussle at Don and Sue Schaly Field at Pioneer Park.
Unfortunately for Marietta and fortunately for Post 15 that inning was a huge one as Parkersburg sent 13 batters to the plate to score nine times en route to a 9-2 win to improve to 15-5 on the season.
The monster inning coupled with some outstanding pitching by starter Dylan Holliday and relievers Evan Swain and Brodie Wiggins provided Post 15 with their seventh win in a row.
“We have a good ball team and we pride ourselves on good defense and pitching,” said Post 15 manager Mike Goodwin. “That’s our bread and butter and we were able to combine that with a big inning offensively tonight.”
Marietta starting pitcher Jonah Emory allowed a lead off walk to Nic Menarchek in the opening inning but recovered to retire the next three Parkersburg hitters in order.
Things would not go near as smoothly for Emory in the second as the first nine Parkersburg batters not only reached base but scored as well as Post 15 put Marietta in a hole they would never did themselves out of.
Wiggins was hit by a pitch to begin the rally before Izek Baldwin and Caden Parker followed with singles to load the bases.
Colton Pepper drew a walk to force in the first run and Carter King followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
Menarchek singled to plate the third run and Brett Haskins reached on an error to increase the lead to four.
Drew Woofter singled in a pair and after a single by Holliday, Haskins scored on a wild pitch.
An infield ground out by Baldwin added one more before Parker capped the huge inning with his second base hit of the frame to make it a 9-0 game.
Marietta head coach Larry Hiser turned the ball over to Noah West in the third inning and the Frontier Cougar did his job on the mound as he allowed just two hits over three scoreless innings of work.
Holliday fired two scoreless innings to start the night for Parkersburg while Swain came on in relief and retired Post 64 in order in the third.
Marietta reached Swain for what would prove to be their only two runs in the fourth as Peyton Blue scored on a throwing error and later in the inning West delivered an RBI single to close the lead to 9-2.
Malachi Morton took over in relief for Post 64 and fired two scoreless innings of his own.
“That second inning was our downfall no doubt but you have got to give our kids credit for fighting the rest of the game,” said Hiser. “Noah West and Malachi Morton were throwing some darts out there and did a heck of a job for us.”
Wiggins took over on the mound for Post 15 in the fifth and the former Parkersburg South Patriot was perfect the rest of the way as he retired the final nine hitters in order, three by strikeout and six courtesy of the outstanding Post 15 infield defense.
“I was really thrilled with the way all three of our kids pitched and kind of kept them in check offensively,” said Goodwin. “Our offense only showed up one inning and it was big enough to get us the win because our pitchers did their job.”
Holliday was credited with the win while Wiggins picked up the save while Emory took the loss for Marietta, which slips to 3-11 on the season.