MHS softball falls 9-5 to Athens; Tiger baseball wins 5-0

Marietta High swung the bats with authority but produced only a hand full of runs.

The Tigers stroked 10 hits and benefitted from five walks in a 9-5 setback to visiting Athens High in a non-conference softball game at Phillips Field Tuesday.

“We made good contact, and we were putting the ball in play,” said MHS head coach Stacy Fleming. “I don’t think anybody on our team struck out.”

Rebekah Haught, Tyler Lamb, and Ali Beardmore each had two basehits for the Tigers, who fell to 0-2 on the season. The orange and black nine dropped a 9-1 season-opening decision at Alexander Monday.

Righty Lindsay Hiatt, who suffered the mound setback, went the seven-inning distance on the hill, striking out two and walking two.

AHS right-hander Vanessa Carey picked up the win, issuing five bases-on-balls and fanning none.

The Bulldogs (1-0) were led offensively by Mikala Perry, who was 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three runs-batted-in. Olivia Hoon added three hits, and Olivia Harris and Alli Mattey had two apiece.

“I’m very happy with the girls,” said Athens boss Nick Pomento, whose Bulldogs were playing their season opener. “They came to play.”

Athens staked itself to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first with Perry, Carey and Mattey each driving in a run. Mattey’s hit was a two-base knock.

Marietta got two of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame when Haught doubled home Abby Harrison and Maddie Farrar.

During second-inning action, MHS had runners at the corners, courtesy of a Beardmore double and Jess Mossack single, with one out, but came away empty on a double play popout to third.

AHS stretched its lead to 5-2 in the third when Perry slugged a two-run homer to left off Hiatt.

MHS cut it to two with a single run in the bottom of the fourth when Shae Hutchison walked with the bases loaded. Earlier in the frame, the Tigers were doubled up on a popfly to the Bulldogs’ third baseman.

“Those two double plays we had in the game might have been a turning point, because Marietta had people in scoring position, but we were able to turn two and get out of the inning,” Pomento said.

Athens made it 6-3 in the fifth when Carey plated Perry on a groundout to second.

Marietta came right back, though, and cut it to 6-4 when Farrar scored on a Carey wild pitch.

In the top of the sixth, the Bulldogs gave themselves a five-run cushion with Hoon, Brooke Tritipo and Harris each getting credit for an RBI.

Battling back once again, Marietta made it 9-5 in the bottom half of the inning when Hutchison scored on Farrar’s hot smash to second.

“We were right there,” Fleming said. “It was going back and forth.

“We had our opportunities, but just couldn’t capitalize on them.”

Marietta is scheduled to play at Zanesville in an East Central Ohio League opener at 5 p.m. today. Athens is slated to play its home opener against Meigs Thursday.

Baseball

Senior right hander Ben Barnas fired a two-hit shutout to pace the Marietta Tigers to a 5-0 victory over the Athens Bulldogs Tuesday evening at Legion Field.

Barnas struck out 12 and walked just one Bulldog hitter to lead the orange and black to their second victory in as many nights.

The Tigers broke open a scoreless game with a pair of runs in their half of the third inning to give Barnas all the run support he would need.

MHS added an insurance run in the fifth inning and a pair more in the sixth to improve their season record to 2-1.

The Tiger offense was paced by Devin Leister and Steve Herron, who each had a pair of base hits, while Evan Sawyer and Nick Spurr chipped in with two RBI’s apiece.

Starting pitcher Adam Luehrman took the loss for Athens despite firing five quality innings.

The Tigers will look to make it three in a row today when they travel to Zanesville to take on the Blue Devils.

Mike Morrison contributed to this story.