Tiger tamers: Warren baseball, softball beats Marietta High
VINCENT – Left-hander Justin Hill scattered seven base hits in a complete game shut out as the host Warren Warriors avenged an early season loss to Marietta High with a 2-0 victory over the Tigers Friday.
The Tigers blanked the Warriors back on the eighth of April by the same 2-0 score with Tiger southpaw Evan Sawyer winning a pitcher’s duel over Warren’s Garrett Kennedy.
Friday night it would be Hill who kept the Tiger hitters off balance from the very first pitch of the game.
“Justin’s done a great job for us all year, he has really had just one bad outing,” said Warren head coach Mark Farr. “He threw strikes and that’s what we preach. If you throw strikes, the guys will make the plays behind you and they did today.”
Hill’s control was outstanding as the junior southpaw did not issue a single walk while striking out three MHS hitters in the game.
“Hill did a great job of keeping us off-balance,” said Marietta co-head coach Jim Thrash. “We beat a lot of balls into the ground and popped a lot of balls into the air.”
The Warriors had quite a bit more success against Sawyer this time around as they got on the board in the bottom of the first inning.
Lance Schafer opened the Warrior first with a single to left and moved to second on an errant pick off attempt by Sawyer.
One out later, Kennedy singled sharply through the left side to give the royal blue and white a 1-0 advantage.
Warren scored its second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Zach McKenna reached base on a one-out single, moved to second on a single by Blake Kidder and scored on Danny Pannel’s clutch two-out basehit.
The Warriors threatened to blow things wide open in the last of the fifth as they loaded the bases with nobody out before some nifty Tiger defense kept the orange and black in the ballgame.
Ethan Estes led off with a single, Kennedy walked and catcher Gunnar Smith singled sharply into left field to load the bases for the Warriors.
Justin Freeman followed with a line drive down the third base line that Tiger third baseman Ben Barnas made a nice catch on and fired to second base for a double play.
Sawyer got McKenna to ground out to shortstop to end the inning and keep the game at 2-0 heading to the sixth.
“I thought Ben Barnas had a really good game for us defensively today,” said Thrash of his senior third baseman. “He had a lot of plays that got us out of some jams.”
The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs against Hill in the top of the fifth and threatened once again in the top of the sixth.
Barnas led off with a single and one out later Tiger catcher Joe Roberts was hit by a Hill pitch to put two runners on with just one out.
Hill escaped damage when he got Adam McKnight to pop out to shortstop and ended the inning by getting Steve Herron to fly out to center field.
Sawyer came up with a two-out single to keep the Tigers hopes alive in the top of the seventh, but Hill got Devin Leister to ground out to third base to end the game.
The Warriors collected 10 base hits off Sawyer, including two each by Smith and Blake Kidder.
“Blake Kidder came in and got a couple of big base hits for us,” said Farr of Kidder, who was filling in for the injured Riley Bobo.
Sawyer took the loss for the Tigers, allowing the 10 hits in going the distance while walking just one and fanning three.
The Tigers got two hits apiece from Sawyer and right fielder Nick Spurr.
Tiger co-head coach Larry Burke will have to wait at least a day to chalk up win number 403 of his 26 year career.
Burke’s next win will propel him into first place on the all-time MHS wins list as he is currently tied with Jim Jordan.
Farr was glad that his team didn’t surrender the record- breaking victory to Burke and his Tigers but has nothing but respect for the retiring Tiger co-skipper. “Coach Burke has always treated me with respect and been very good to me,” said Farr. “He’s been good for the game and good for the kids. I’d like to see more coaches like him that are about the kids and not the personal glory.”
Warren improved to 10-8 with the win while the Tigers slipped back to the .500 mark at 11-11 on the season.
Both teams will be right back at it Saturday as the Tigers host Dover in a double header at Legion Field, while the Warriors remain home to host the Athens Bulldogs in a twin bill.
First pitch for both games is slated for 12 noon.
The upset minded Marietta Lady Tigers gave the recently crowned Southeastern Ohio Athletic League champion Warren Lady Warriors all they wanted and then some before coming out on the short end of a 4-3 decision.
The Lady Warriors used a two-run fifth inning to grab their first lead of the game and then held off a sixth inning Tiger rally to claim win number 15 of the season.
MHS got on the board first with a little help from some sloppy Lady Warrior defense in the opening inning.
Shae Hutchinson led off the game by reaching on a Lady Warrior error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Abby Harrison and scored on a two-out knock by Maddie Farrar.
Warren got that run back in their half of the first off of Tiger freshman starting pitcher Shayla Lamp, without the benefit of a base hit.
Hailey Murdoch was hit by a Lamp pitch, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.
Both Lamp and Lady Warrior starting pitcher Arriane Schetter brought their “A” games as each hurler put zeros on the board in the second and third innings.
The Tigers briefly reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth when Allie Beardmore stroked a two-out double down the right field line and Rebekah Haught singled her in to give MHS a 2-1 lead. The Warriors used aggressive base running to even things back up in the bottom of the fourth when Kendra Lynch was hit by a pitch, stole second, and came around to score the tying run on a pair of infield ground outs.
The Lady Warriors finally got to Lamp in the last of the fifth as Kylee Lynch led off with a double, moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Maddie Treadway, and scored on a single by Murdoch.
Kendra Lynch was hit for the second time of the game and Brandi Douglass followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead.
MHS put together a rally of their own in the top of the sixth when Jesse Mossack was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved all the way to third on a Farrar single to right field.
Schetter put an end to the Tiger rally by getting Kara Carpenter to ground out to shortstop to score the third Tiger run of the game, before retiring Beardmore and Haught to end the inning.
After the Lady Warriors failed to add to their lead in the top of the seventh, Schetter retired the Tigers in order in the final frame to wrap up victory number 15 of the season for the big blue.
Warren head coach Rachelle Pallini felt her team is capable of playing better than they did Friday night and hopes for a turn around with tournament playing approaching in the near future.
“We really haven’t played very well at all this week,” said Pallini of her squad who are now 15-3 on the season. “We just need to get a little bit of our spark back before tournament’s start.”
MHS slipped to 3-16 on the season with the loss but head coach Stacy Fleming was pleased with her girls’ effort on the diamond.
“It seems like when we play a better opponent like Warren, we kind of step up,” said Fleming, in her second year as Tiger head coach. “We have kind of struggled all year, but it is great to come here and play good against our rivals.”
Both teams will be back in action Saturday as the Lady Warriors host Athens, and the Tigers welcome the Dover Tornadoes for a doubleheader at Phillips Field at 12 p.m.