Beverly-Lowell swept by Tuscarawas 205
BEVERLY — Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 is scheduled to play in a Beach Tournament in Florence, S.C., later this week.
The change of scenery just might be beneficial for BevLow. Host B/L dropped a doubleheader for the second straight day, losing 10-8 and 9-0 to Tuscarawas Post 205, in American Legion baseball action at Fort Frye High Sunday. On Saturday, it lost twice to visiting Cambridge Post 84, and on Friday, it fell at Coshocton in a single game.
Beverly/Lowell will be heading south with a break-even mark of 9-9.
“It’s been tough the last three days,” said BevLow skipper Todd Engle. “It started at Coshocton Friday night. We kicked it around a little up there, and then kicked it around yesterday (vs. Cambridge).
“Then, in Game 1 (Sunday), we lose 10-8 and all 10 runs were unearned.”
“We’re playing some kids out of position, because we have some kids gone (on vacation),” Engle added. “It’s summer Legion baseball, and you’ve got to learn on the run. Hopefully, we’ll be better for it.”
Tuscarawas improved its record to 9-5. The Panthers top hitters in Game 1 were shortstop Landon Thompson (3-for-4, 2 ribbies), second baseman Logan Morehead 2-4, double, RBI), and center fielder Andrew Wade (1-1, 3 runs scored).
Right-handed starter Wyatt Garbrandt threw six innings and got the win. Trey Hershberger earned a save.
In Game 2, which was ended in the bottom of the fifth inning due to lightning and a downpour, catcher Seth Johnson drove in four runs with a home run and double. Jay DiBacco and B.J. Schwartz added three and two hits, respectively.
Southpaw Jaret Ross toed the rubber and got the shutout win.
“They’re solid and a well-coached team,” said Engle of Tuscarawas.
BevLow was led by Konnor Roberts, who was 3-3 with a solo home run, double, and 3 RBIs in the opener. Tate Engle added two doubles.
Lefty Luke Nelson suffered the mound setback. Kam Hesson threw in relief.
In the nightcap, righty starter Brent West was chased after hurling just 1.1 innings. Roberts and Drew Huffman pitched in relief.
Beverly/Lowell got off to a good start in the first game with a bat-around in the bottom of the first inning.
With one out, Tate Engle and Bradford stroked back-to-back doubles (Engle stopped at third.). Derek Layton plated the first run with an RBI single to left. After Logan Isner was hit by a pitch, Roberts drilled a two-run double to give B/L a 3-2 lead.
Dave Scharenberg followed with a two-run single, and Riley Burns also single home a run to make it 6-2.
BevLow’s lead was short-lived as Tuscarawas came back and plated six runs of its its own in the top of the third to regain the advantage, 8-6. Thompson had a two-run single to highlight the surge.
“We thought we had the momentum, but that’s exactly what happened yesterday,” Todd Engle said. “We were up 8-2 against Cambridge, and they came back with a 5-spot and they’re back in the ballgame.
“A lot of time with youth and inexperience, we just don’t know when to have that killer instinct to put people away.”
B/L cut it to one on Roberts’ solo blast to left-center in the fifth. But the Panthers gave themselves a three-run cushion (10-7) with two unearned scores in the top of the seventh.
Beverly/Lowell rallied in the bottom half of the frame, but was hurt by a rundown and lost by two.
In the nightcap, Johnson got things going for Post 205 with a 3-run shot to left off West in the top of the first. The Panthers stretched their lead to 9-0 with five runs in the third. Mizca, Johnson, DiBacco, and Schwartz each drove in a run for the Tuscarawas County visitiors. Another run came in on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hesson and Burns each walked. Huffman, next up, never got a chance to swing the bat as lightning was sighted and the field cleared.
Then, the rain came — in buckets.
“I think as long as we learn from this (losses) and get better from it, we’ll be fine,” Todd Engle said. “We’ll be ready by tournament time.”