Beverly/Lowell finishes weekend with 3-1 record

Tanner Neal pitched a one-hitter to lead Beverly/Lowell to a 16-0 triumph over Parkersburg Post 15 in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at City Park. RON JOHNSTON, The Marietta Times

PARKERSBURG — Tanner Neal was almost unhittable.

The former Warren High southpaw pitched a one-hitter as Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 mercied Parkersburg Post 15 in five innings, 16-0, in the second game of a doubleheader at Bennett Stump Field Sunday.

“I was hoping to get a no-hitter, but I’ll take it (1-hitter),” said Neal, who helped his own cause with two singles and a run batted in.

The only hit Neal allowed was a one-out single to center by Remy Boyce in the bottom of the fifth inning.

BevLow (10-2) also won the twinbill opener, 4-2, on the pitching of Brett Gandee and Tyler Bradford and the hitting of Logan Isner and Bradford.

“Brett had some huge innings for us today, and he’s just an incredible competitor,” said Beverly/Lowell skipper Todd Engle. “And Tyler’s been a workhorse for us and during his whole career at Fort Frye.”

In the nightcap, Post 389/750 staked Neal to a 3-0 advantage in the first inning, and then exploded for 12 runs in the second. During the bat-around, 16 hitters took swings at the plate.

Offensively in the contest, BevLow had 14 hits with Logan Isner going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Tyler Bradford and Drew Huffman each added two knocks and scored three runs. Bradford also had three ribbies.

Kurt Taylor and Nate Brothers each drove in two runs, while Tate Engle legged it home three times.

In the first game, Beverly/Lowell had just three hits total, and Isner had two of them, including a double. The OVU-bound catcher from Fort Frye drove in two runs for the winners.

Isner singled home Huffman in the top of the first to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, he led off with a double, and courtesy runner Mason Long came around to score on a Post 15 throwing error.

In the bottom half of the frame, Parkersburg came back to tie the score at 2-all on Chase Swain’s RBI double and Hayden Morris’ sac fly.

“Chase darn near put it out,” said Post 15 boss Mike Goodwin.

Beverly/Lowell scored twice in the top of the seventh when Bradford singled home Brothers and Isner plated Engle on a groundout.

With two outs in the bottom of the final frame, Blake Bennett and Hunter Thompson each singled to chase Gandee, who had fanned four and walked one in 6.2 innings of solid work on the hill.

Bradford, who had just returned from the beach late Saturday afternoon, walked Boyce to load the bases. But the Cadet standout still had enough energy to fan Swain, the LKC Player of the Year, to end the game.

“It was a tough pitcher (Bradford), who came in,” Goodwin said. “Lefty on lefty’s not a favorable matchup no matter how good you are. It was a difficult task for Chase.”

Bradford said he hadn’t thrown a baseball in a while.

“I was struggling to get back into the groove, because I was off for a week,” Bradford said. “It was a long trip from the beach, and I’m tired. I’m just trying my hardest to be a leader around here and to do my job. I can’t wait to go home tonight to go to bed.”

Post 15’s Ben Menarchek suffered the mound setback. The righty from Parkersburg South gave up only three hits, fanned six and walked three in six innings of work.

“Ben did a nice job, and kept us in the game,” Goodwin said.

Offensively, Boyce was 3-for-3 to lead the Parkersburg squad.

Post 389/750 splits with Cambridge Post 84 Saturday

BEVERLY — Kam Hesson provided Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 with a boost on the bump.

The lanky right-hander from Caldwell High pitched a 7-inning complete game as Bev/Low edged Cambridge Post 84, 3-2, in the opener of an American Legion baseball doubleheader at Fort Frye High Saturday.

Cambridge (8-4) salvaged a split with a 6-3 triumph in the second game.

“We’re struggling offensively right now,” said veteran Post 389/750 skipper Todd Engle, “but we’re doing enough to keep us there, and that’s what I kept telling Kam every half inning I sent him out there, to just keep us in the game, and we’ll figure out a way to get this done.”

BevLow (8-2) got it done in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out and the score tied at 2-all, Luke Nelson walked, stole second, and legged it home with the game-winner when Tate Engle’s infield hit was thrown errantly to first base.

“It went right to the end, and it was a good ballgame,” Todd Engle said. “I expect that from Cambridge. We’ve each won some games that we shouldn’t have won and lost some games that we shouldn’t have lost. That’s just kind of how this series has gone.”

In seven innings of work on the hill, Hesson gave up only four hits, struck out three, and walked four.

Offensively, Tate Engle led the way with two singles. In the third, the talented shortstop led off with a hit to left, and later came around to score on Cambridge righty Clark Jennings’ wild pitch. Logan Isner also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right to make it 2-0.

But in the top of the fourth, Cambridge designated hitter Steve McPeek slugged a Hesson fastball over the left field fence to cut it to one. After a couple of BevLow errors, Post 84 knotted the score at 2-all when Austin McPeek singled home CJ Moore.

And, that’s the way it stood until Nelson raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the final frame.

Jennings suffered the mound setback.

But in the second game of the scheduled twinball, Jennings snapped a 1-1 tie in the top of the third with a two-run homer to left center off the southpaw-throwing Nelson. Twice, during the contest, Post 389/750 came back and cut it to one run, 3-2 in the fourth and 4-3 in the fifth. But after Post 84 plated two runs in the top of the sixth to make it 6-3, BevLow went scoreless the rest of the game.

Beverly/Lowell outhit Cambridge, 11-5, in the second game. Drew Huffman, Clayton Cook, and Kurt Taylor each had two knocks for the home team. Trent Valentine had a double and single for Post 84.

Cambridge righty Sean Perkins started and pitched five innings to get the win, while closer Logan McVicker got a save.