Post 64 holds on: Marietta halts St. Clairsville rally, wins 4-3
Hitting was contagious.
Down 2-0, Marietta Post 64 strung together five straight hits in a three-run third inning to defeat visiting St. Clairsville Post 159, 4-3, Wednesday night in American Legion baseball action at Legion Field.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” said Marietta skipper Larry Hiser. “We played four games Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and it was hot all three nights. And we came away 3-1, and that’s kind of a tournament measuring stick right there.”
Post 64 improved its record to 16-8 while Post 159 fell to 14-6.
Offensively for the winners, Jarrett Jackson was 3 for 3 with two runs-batted-in. Corbin Alkire also drove in two runs, while Derek Duckworth added two singles and Kail Hill a double.
Mike Reeder pitched and got the win. In six innings of work, the southpaw from Alton, Ill., struck out six and walked six.
“It all starts on the bump,” Hiser said. “Mike did a heckuva job of keeping them off-balance. He ended three or four innings with a strikeout. That’s probably his longest outing this summer.”
The left-handed-throwing Alkire relieved Reeder in the seventh and got the save.
Jakob Jarvis paced St. Clairsville with three singles and drove in two runs. Drake Dobson added a solo home run.
Righty Tyler Tonkovich started on the hill and suffered the setback. Will Balgo also threw.
“St. Clairsville is aggressive and a hard-nosed ballclub,” Hiser said. “There’s a strong possibility that we might see them in the (postseason) tournament (in Cambridge).”
After Reeder walked the first two Post 159 batters he faced, he retired the next two before giving up a run-scoring single to Jarvis.
St. Clairsville made it 2-0 in the second when Dobson tagged Reeder for a solo shot over the left field fence.
Marietta went scoreless in its first two at-bats before roughing up Tonkovich in the bottom of the third. After Jake Rose led off with a line-out to first, Duckworth beat out an infield hit. Hill followed with a double to right, putting runners on second and third.
Next up, Alkire made it back-to-back two-basehits with a shot to right-center. On the hit, Duckworth and Hill both legged it home to tie the score at 2-all.
“Corbin’s just been seeing the ball real big,” Hiser said. “He had a homer last night at Sissonville. And, the balls that he’s hitting are hard. Even when he doesn’t have good balance, he still hits the ball hard. He’s been hot the last three or four games.”
Jackson then plated Alkire with the go-ahead run with a sharp single to center. On the hit, he tried to stretch it into a double but was thrown out.
Up next, Carter Dennis singled to right but was stranded when Dakota Miller flied out to center.
In the fifth, Hill walked, stole second and then third before scoring on Jackson’s third single of the contest, making it 4-2.
After Reeder gave up a leadoff double to Mason Ramsay, uncorked a wild pitch, and issued a walk to Kyle Storer in the top of the seventh, he was relieved by Alkire.
Alkire proceeded to fan two of the next three St. C batters to seal the Post 64 victory.
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