Post 64 victim of big innings in doubleheader sweep

MIKE MORRISON, The Marietta Times Marietta Post 64 outfielder Corbin Alkire is greeted by third base coach and father Deron Alkire after homering in the sixth inning of game one of a double header at Legion Field Sunday afternoon against South Charleston Post 94. Marietta dropped both games, their first two losses of the season.

In reeling off 10 consecutive wins to open the 2018 American Legion baseball season, Marietta Post 64 has put together their fair share of few big innings.

Sunday, Post 64 was the victim to the big inning as South Charleston Post 94 put together seven-run frames in both games as they swept a double-header from Marietta by final scores of 15-8 and 11-5 at Legion Field.

Post 94 used a seven run fifth inning in the opener to erase a three-run Marietta lead and then scored seven times in the first inning of the nightcap to jump out to a huge lead that Post 64 would not be able to overcome.

South Charleston pounded out a total of 29 base hits in the twinbill to win their very first two games of the season.

“That has been our plus on the winning side early on,” said first- year Marietta head coach Larry Hiser of the big innings. “That’s just the way baseball is.. it keeps you humble that way.”

Marietta had built a three-run lead in the opener thanks in part to a three-run first that began with consecutive base hits by Derek Duckworth, Trent Dawson and Kail Hill.

A sacrifice fly by former Frontier Cougar Zach Cunningham plated one run as did a run scoring double by Marietta High School junior-to-be Corbin Alkire.

South Charleston answered with a pair of runs in the first and both teams scored a run in the second before Post 64 made it a 6-3 game with a single run in the last of the fourth.

Danny Hiser singled to lead off the inning and came home to score on a double by left fielder Toby Minder.

Cunningham started the game for Post 64 and was rolling along rather nicely before South Charleston rallied to score four times in the fourth and then broke things wide open by stringing together six basehits to score the seven runs in the top of the fifth.

Key hits for Post 94 were a bases-clearing two-bagger by Jake Carr and a two-run homerun by Chase Stover ,well over the fence in left field.

Marietta added a single run in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Dawson and then added another marker in the sixth when Alkire homered over the fence in left-center field.

Despite a rough day overall for Post 64, Alkire manage to hit for the cycle in the two games combined while scoring three times and driving in three runs as well.

“We slid him (Alkire) up in the lineup a spot because he had such a good game in game one,” said Hiser. “He is seeing the ball big at home plate right now.”

Post 94 collected six hits in scoring the seven first inning runs in the night cap and were never seriously challenged by Marietta the rest of the way.

Post 64 did manage to score three times in the fourth to trim the lead to four thanks to run-scoring hits by Minder (single), Brady Vincent (double) and Alkire (triple) but that would be as close as they would get to what appears to be a very good South Charleston team in the making.

The top five hitters in the Post 94 lineup collected at least four base hits apiece in the twinbill.

Marietta will look to start another winning streak Tuesday night at home and they host a familiar foe in Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 in a nine-inning game.