PARKERSBURG - Beverly Lowell Post 389/750 rallied from an early two-run deficit and went on to down Parkersburg Post 15, 17-7, on a steamy Independence Day at Hank Greenburg Field.
Beverly/Lowell pounded out 17 hits en route to their 21st win in a row and 28th in its last 30 games.
"They (Parkersburg) were the aggressors early on and kind of had us back on our heals," said B/L head coach Todd Engle. "We got some timely hits in the middle innings and hitting is kind of contagious."
MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Beverly/Lowell batter Landon Kern, right, takes a high and inside pitch as Parkersburg Post 15 catcher Jordan Braniff has to reach for the delivery during American Legion baseball action at Hank Greenburg Field Wednesday. B/L won 17-7.
Post 15 jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning off of B/L starter Dustin Duffy.
Josh Wine got things started for Parkersburg by drawing a walk and promptly stole second.
After Clay Walters moved Wine to third with a ground out to second base, Jacob Wilcox grounded out to shortstop to score Wine with the games first run.
Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 17 Parkersburg Post 15 7
Beverly/Lowell 010 021 355 - 17-17-1
Parkersburg 201 000 202 - 7-10-2
WP: Ben Barnas (8-2) 3.2 IP, H, 2R, ER, 5BB, 3K, Save-Kordell Antill 2.2IP, 2H, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, Starting Pitcher: Dustin Duffy: 2.2IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, K.
LP: Jacob Braniff: 3IP, 6H, 4ER, 4BB, K, Starter: Kyle Haverty: 4IP, 3H, ER, 5BB, 2K, Cody Starcher: 2IP, 9H, 10R, 8ER, BB.
Beverly/Lowell (30-4) Top Hitters: Wes Hatfield: 3-4, 4R, RBI, 2B, SB, Tyler Proctor: 3-5, R, 4RBI, 2SB, Eli Lenington: 2-4, 2R, 3RBI, 3B, Landon Kern: 2-3, 2B, SB, Nick Spurr: 2-3, 2B, RBI, Tim Grosel: 1-4, 2R, 2 2B, 3B, SB, Gunnar Smith: 1-1, R, RBI, Justin Futrell: 1-1, R, RBI, Jordan Satterfield: 1-5, R, RBI, SB, Clay Ullman: 1-7, Jake Ullman: 0-3, 3R, Austin Campbell: 0-1, 2R, 2SB.
Parkersburg (25-4) Top Hitters: Brett Burns: 3-4, 3R, RBI, 2B, Jordan Braniff: 2-3, 2RBI, Josh Wine: 1-4, 2R, SB Clay Walters: 1-5, R, Zane Marchal 1-3, RBI, Anthony Kist: 1-1, RBI, Jonathon Murphy: 1-3, Jacob Wilcox: 0-2, R, RBI, SB.
Next Game: Beverly/Lowell: Friday, Home vs. Tuscarawas (6pm), Parkersburg: Saturday at Moundsville, DH (1 PM).
Consecutive singles by Brett Burns, Zane Marchal, and Jordan Braniff produced the second run of the inning for Post 15.
Beverly/Lowell got on the board in the top of the second without the aid of a base hit as Parkersburg starting pitcher Kyle Haverty walked a pair of hitters and hit another to make it a 2-1 game.
Parkersburg got that run back in the top of the third when Walters singled, moved to third on a Burns single and scored on another clutch two out base hit by Braniff.
Engle elected to replace Duffy on the mound with Marietta's Ben Barnas and the right hander struck out Dustin Helmick to end the inning and leave the base runners stranded.
Parkersburg head coach Jim Goodwin had planned to use several pitchers on the day with the temperatures hovering in the mid- 90s, and he stuck to his guns as he replaced Haverty on the mound after four solid innings.
Goodwin brought Jacob Braniff in to pitch in the fifth inning and after he walked catcher Landon Kern to start the inning, he got right fielder Clay Ullman to ground in to a double play and it appeared he would get out of the inning without allowing a run.
Beverly/Lowell had a totally different idea however and after Jake Ullman drew the second walk of the inning, back-to-back RBI doubles by Wes Hatfield and Nick Spurr tied the game at 3-3.
B/L would take it's first lead of the game in the top of the sixth when Tim Grosel walked, stole second, and scored on an a run scoring single to right field by Tyler Proctor to make it 4-3.
Post 389/750 added to that lead in the top of the seventh when Eli Lenington's drive to right field was misplayed by right fielder Damon Ribeiro, allowing a pair of runners to score and Grosel followed with a perfectly placed bunt to score Lenington and make it a 7-3 game.
Barnas was cruising along heading to the last of the seventh, allowing no runs in three and a third innings of relief, but was unable to capitalize on the four-run lead as Parkersburg climbed right back into the contest.
Wine got things started with a single and one out later three consecutive base-on-balls produced the fourth run of the game for Parkersburg and also meant the end of the day for Barnas.
Engle elected to replace Barnas on the mound with Kordell Antill with the base loaded and only one out setting up what would prove to be the key play of the game and possibly the season for Parkersburg.
Jordan Braniff hit Antill's first pitch sharply to third and Proctor quickly fired home for the force out.
Kern's throw to first base to try for the double play bounced away from Lenington and the hustling Braniff stepped on the loose ball and immediately fell to the ground in pain.
The fifth run of the game crossed the plate on the play but Parkersburg may well have lost Braniff for the season in what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.
"He's our number one catcher and does a great job for us," said Goodwin. "He will be tough to replace if we have to."
Goodwin brought in Cody Starcher to start the eighth inning and Beverly/ Lowell wasted little time jumping all over the Roane County graduate.
Hatfield got the inning started with a single and scored on an RBI single by Jordan Satterfield.
Lenington and Grosel followed with back-to-back triples and a sacrifice fly by Proctor made it 12-5.
Beverly/Lowell added five more runs in the top of the ninth on run scoring pinch hit singles by Gunnar Smith and Justin Futrell to make it 14-5.
Two outs later, Proctor followed with a two-run single, his third and fourth runs batted in on the day, and his 62nd of the season, and Kern followed with a double to right to make it 17-5.
Parkersburg touched up Antill for a pair of runs in the last of the ninth on RBI hits by Burns and Anthony Kist but Antill got the final two outs of the game to preserve the B/L victory.
Barnas picked up his eighth win of the season against only two losses for Beverly/Lowell, while Antill notched his first save of the season.
Hatfield collected three hits and scored four times to pace the Beverly/Lowell offense, while Lenington added a pair of hits, while scoring twice and driving in three.
Engle likes the way his team responded from getting behind early and feels his team will benefit from playing an outstanding team like Parkersburg with district tournaments quickly approaching.
"We've got some real momentum going right now," said Engle, whose team improved to 30-4 on the season. "I like where we're at and I really like this team."
Goodwin felt that the match up between the two teams who have combined for 55 wins on the season was a great way to spend a holiday afternoon.
"It's just a good day to be an American," said Goodwin whose team fell to 25-4 with the loss. "You win some and you lose some, and this is just one more that we lost."
B/L will return to action at home Friday evening against Tuscarawas, while Parkersburg will travel to Moundsville Saturday for a double header.