POMEROY - Derek Layton went a perfect five-for-five and knocked in six runs and Caleb Heller tossed a complete game six-hitter as Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 rolled to a 13-2 victory over Meigs Post 39 Thursday evening at Meigs High School.
Layton knocked in at least one run in every single at bat as Beverly/Lowell scored at least one run in seven of the nine innings.
One night after being shut out by a very tough Circleville team, BevLow came out swinging from the opening inning against Meigs.
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Beverly/Lowell’s Isaac Huffman, left, is hit in the leg by a pitch in American Legion baseball action at Pomeroy Thursday. BevLow defeated Meigs, 13-2.
"I've thought all along that this team is capable of hitting the baseball," said Beverly/Lowell head coach Todd Engle, whose team matched it's run total with 13 base hits. "Hopefully this will help build some confidence in our young team."
Lead-off hitter Devin Leister scored four times in the game including the game's first run when Layton singled him in after he walked to open the game.
Post 389/750 made it a 3-0 game in the top of the third when with two out Lance Schafer singled and stole second and then came in to score on a Layton RBI single.
BEVERLY LOWELL (POST 389/750) 13 MEIGS (POST 39) 2
At Meigs High School
Beverly Lowell 102 301 123 13-13-0
Meigs 000 000 200 2-6-2
WP: Caleb Heller: 9IP, 6H, 2ER, BB, 4K. Top Hitters: Derek Layton 5-5, R, 6RBI,2B, Lance Schafer 2-5, 3R, Phillip Hoffman 2-5, R, 2B, Devin Leister 1-4, 4R, Ethan Estes 1-4, 3R, 2B, Jake Ullman 1-4, RBI, Trent Bradford 1-3, R, Tate Engle 0-1, RBI.
LP: Seth Wills 4IP, 6H, 6ER, 5BB, 5K, Austin Bissell 4.1 IP, 7H, 7R, 5ER, 3BB, K, Derick Powell .2 IP, BB, 2K. Top Hitters: Blake Johnson 2-4, R, Powell 1-3, R, 2B, Zac Beagle 1-4, Christian Speelman 1-3, RBI, Wills 1-1, Brandon Coleman 0-2, RBI.
Next Game: Beverly Lowell at Troy Ohio, Friday. Next Home Game: vs Meigs Thursday.
Shortstop Jake Ullman drove in Layton with a run scoring single to plate the second run of the inning.
Beverly/Lowell broke things open in the top of the fourth inning when a bunt single by Leister was sandwiched around a pair of walks to Trent Bradford and Ethan Estes to load the bases off of Meigs starting pitcher Seth Wills.
Wills rallied to strike out Schafer for the second out of the inning but once again Layton delivered, this time with a two-run single to left field to make it a 5-0 game.
Estes came in to score on a Wills wild pitch for the third run of the inning.
"Drew (Layton) hit the ball hard in every single at-bat for us tonight," said Engle of his first baseman. "This was his first game of the season at first base and he delivered in a big way."
While Layton was supplying the offense, Heller was equally impressive on the mound as he held Meigs scoreless through the first six innings of the game.
"Caleb went out there and did what he had to do which was give us a bunch of quality innings," said Engle, whose squad is scheduled to play five games this weekend in Troy. "He threw strikes and our defense was flawless behind him."
Meigs finally got to Heller in the seventh as consecutive base hits by Blake Johnson, Derick Powell and Christian Speilman plated a pair of runs but the right hander recovered to blank Post 39 over the final two innings to notch the victory.
Heller finished the game with four strike outs while he walked just one Meigs hitter while Wills was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs in four innings of work.
Beverly/Lowell added plenty of insurance as they scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings before scoring twice in the eighth and three more times in the ninth inning to win going away.
The win evens Beverly/Lowell's season record at 7-7.