Beverly/Lowell sweeps two from Zanesville
BEVERLY — Clayton Cook was sitting on the heat — and got it.
The Beverly/Lowell catcher slugged a towering home run to left in the fifth inning to help Post 389/750 defeat Zanesville Post 29, 7-5, in the second game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader at Fort Frye High Sunday.
“It was a first-pitch fastball,” said Cook, who was 2 for 2 with two ribbies in the nightcap. Cook from Morgan now leads the team with five dingers on the season.
BevLow (27-7) also beat the Titans of Zanesville in the first game, 10-5. Offensively, shortstop Tate Engle led the way with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
Righty Kam Hesson of Caldwell pitched five innings and improved his mound mark to 8-0. Brett Gandee relieved and finished up.
“We had a couple of crooked numbers in a couple of innings there in the opener, and that helped,” said Post 389/750 skipper Todd Engle.
Zanesville’s Alex Kridelbaugh suffered the loss on the bump in the first game.
In the second game, southpaw Tanner Neal threw four innings and got the win for BevLow. He also helped his own cause with two hits and a run batted in.
Tyler Bradford picked up a save, while Eric Isner and Konnor Roberts also hurled an inning of relief.
Tate Engle and Luke Nelson also added two base knocks, while Nate Brothers drove in two runs.
Zanesville righty Tyler Williams, who was roughed up for 10 hits, took the loss. Chayce Lundell threw two innings of relief.
The Titans (13-8) were led at the plate by Andrew Church and Trey White, who each had three hits. Lundell had a solo home run in the third inning.
Zanesville staked itself to a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first, benefitting from three straight infield hits and a two-run single by Adam Mumaw. The Titans also got another run on a Post 389/750 error.
BevLow got two of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame when Engle legged it home Logan Isner’s single and Drew Huffman did the same when the ball was misplayed by the Z center fielder.
Post 29 stretched its lead to 4-2 in the third when Lundell tagged Neal with a solo shot to left.
But in the bottom half of the inning, Beverly/Lowell plated four and led 6-4. Highlighting the frame, Brothers singled home Roberts and courtesy runner Hesson. Cook and Neal also drove in a run apiece during the surge.
Leading off the fifth, Cook wasted little time in stretching Post 389/750’s lead to 7-4. His homer also knocked Williams out of the box.
Stringing three singles together in the top of the sixth, Zanesville cut it to two with White getting the RBI.
Bradford relieved in the seventh, and retired the Z side in order to seal the victory.
“We’re trying to get ready for the district tournament,” Todd Engle said. “We wanted to give everybody some time out there.”
Beverly/Lowell is scheduled to play Marietta Post 64 in a district tournament game at Don Coss Field in Cambridge at 6 p.m. Friday.