BEVERLY - Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 increased its winning streak to 24 games with a dominating double header sweep over Cambridge Post 84 Sunday afternoon at Fort Frye High School.
Beverly/Lowell used a five-run fourth inning and some outstanding starting pitching by Zach Eddy to claim a 5-0 win in the opener, while a huge 10-run first inning sparked a five inning, 16-1 victory in the nightcap.
Former Marietta Tiger Tim Grosel provided all the offense Post 389/750 would need in the first game with a long grand slam home run in the fourth inning to break up what had been a pitchers duel between Eddy and Cambridge starting pitcher Dillon Sunnafrank.
MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Beverly/Lowell’s Justin Futrell takes a mighty cut against a Cambridge pitcher during American Legion baseball action at Fort Frye High Sunday. B/L swept a doubleheader.
B/L head coach Todd Engle was not pleased with the performance of his squad in the opener despite the five-run victory.
"I thought our approach at the plate in the first game was completely off," said Engle. "We were back on our heels and pretty timid."
Eddy and Sunnafrank took turns putting zeros on the board until Beverly/Lowell came to the plate in the top of the fourth.
BEVERLY/LOWELL (Post 389/750) 5 CAMRIDGE (Post 84) 0
Cambridge (14-17) 000 000 0 - 0-3-0
Beverly/Lowell (32-4) 000 500 X - 5-9-1
WP: Zach Eddy 7IP, 3H, BB, 6K
LP: Dillon Sunnafrank: 6IP, 9H, 5ER, BB, 3K
Top Hitters: Cambridge: C.J. Beaver: 1-2, Dakota Taylor: 1-3, James Luyster: 1-3
Top Hitters: Beverly/Lowell: Clay Ullman: 2-3, R, 2B, Austin Campbell: 2-3, Tim Grosel: 1-2, R, 4RBI, HR, Tyler Proctor: 1-3, Eli Lenington: 1-3, R, Wes Hatfield: 1-3, 2B, Justin Futrell: 1-3, R, RBI.
BEVERLY/LOWELL 16 CAMBRIDGE 1
Cambridge (14-18) 000 10 - 1-2-1
Bevwely/Lowell (33-4) (10)30 3X - 16-13-0
WP: Kordell Antill: 5IP, 2H, ER, 2BB, 7K
LP: Jimmy Antalis: 2/3 IP, 7H, 10R, 7ER, Caleb Tingle: 2.2IP, 5H, 6ER, 5BB, 3K, Beaver: 2/3 IP, H, BB,K.
Top Hitters: Cambridge: Sunnafrank: 1-2, R, 2B, Danny Neuhart: 1-2.
Top Hitters: Beverly/Lowell: Proctor: 4-4, 4R, 2RBI, 3 2B, Grosel: 3-3, 4R, 2RBI, HR, Landon Kern: 2-2, R, 3RBI, 2 2B, C.Ullman: 2-3, R, 2 RBI, Hatfield: 1-2, R, Futrell: 1-2, R, RBI, Lenington: 0-2, 2R, RBI, Campbell: 0-3, R, Barnas: 0-0, R.
Beverly/Lowell Next Game: Tuesday
Former Belpre Eagle and current Ohio Valley University outfielder Clay Ullman got things going with a lead off double and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
One out later Justin Futrell beat out a bunt single that scored Ullman for the games first run.
Austin Campbell followed with a single and after Jordan Satterfield popped out to the catcher, Eli Lenington was hit by a Sunnafrank pitch to load the bases for Grosel.
Grosel, who has been swinging the bat much better of late after getting off to a bit of a slow start, drilled the first pitch well over the left field fence to give B/L a 5-0 lead.
"I've been telling Timmy (Grosel) for the last few weeks that I truly believe this team will go as far as he will take us," said Engle of the three-sport MHS standout. "If he gets hot, like he was today, that makes us a pretty formidable lineup."
Staked to the five-run lead, Eddy was in complete control on the mound.
Touched for just three base hits in the game, Eddy allowed just one base runner to reach scoring position the entire game.
The former Fort Frye Cadet fanned six hitters on the day while walking only one to notch the victory.
Engle was looking for some better at-bats from his club in game two and got just that in the bottom of the first as his team sent 16 hitters to the plate to take a 10-0 lead.
"We had a little heart-to-heart chat in between games," said Engle of his team that has now won 31 of it's past 33 games. "I thought we came out with a little more fire in the second game."
Lenington and Grosel got things started the hard way for B/L as both of them were hit by pitches thrown by Cambridge starter Jimmy Antalis.
After Lenington was caught stealing, Tyler Proctor doubled to the wall in left center field.
Landon Kern, who was seeing action at first base in the night cap instead of his customary catching position, brought in the first two runs with a double to right.
Clay Ullman, Wes Hatfield and Futrell strung together three straight singles to make it 4-0 and after Campbell reached on an error, Satterfield became the third hits batsman of the inning for Beverly/Lowell.
Lenington's fielder's choice produced another run and Proctor's second hit of the inning made it 7-0.
That would be the end of the day for Antalis as Caleb Tingle was summoned to the mound and promptly walked three hitters in a row to make it a 10-0 game after one inning.
Monroe Central's Kordell Antill was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion and the ten runs would be way more than enough for the right hander who came into the game with an earned run average hovering around 1.00.
Antill retired the first seven hitters in order before being touched up for a single by Danny Neuhart with one out in the third inning.
B/L scored three more in their half of the third, all crossing the plate after the first two batters were retired.
Lenington drew a walk and Grosel connected on his second long ball of the afternoon, this one a blast to dead center field.
Back-to-back doubles by Proctor and Kern, both graduates of Warren High School, made it a 13-0 game.
Cambridge finally dented the plate against the Beverly/Lowell pitching staff when Sunnafrank drilled a one-out double over Grosel's head in center field and a after a pair of walks, a wild pitch made it 13-1.
Proctor's third double of the game and another RBI single by Ullman rounded out the scoring for Post 389/750.
Antill finished strong, retiring Cambridge in order in the top of the fifth for his 10th victory of the season against no losses.
Antill allowed just two base hits, while striking out seven Cambridge hitters.
The wins improved Beverly/Lowell's season record to 33-4, while Cambridge fell to 14-18 with the losses.
B/L will be back in action on the road at Zanesville Tuesday before hosting the district tournament in Beverly next weekend.