Tigers clicking

Marietta baseball is starting to get into a groove.

The Tigers, thanks to some clutch hitting and a complete game pitching effort from Zach Robinson, took down ECOL contender Coshocton 4-2 Monday at Legion Field.

Marietta scored a pair of runs each in the third and fifth innings to go ahead 4-1. The Redskins scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh but could not complete the comeback, giving the Tigers their third straight victory.

“I’m really pleased with the way we played that game,” said Marietta skipper Jim Thrash. “We were sort of flat when the game started but we made some things happen in the third that got us going offensively a little bit. Defense was pretty solid the whole game.”

Robinson (3-2) struck out six and walked two while going the distance on the mound. His counterpart, Gavin Gray, pitched a six-inning complete game, striking out four and walking one in the loss.

“Zach wasn’t as sharp in the first couple of innings but he found his groove there as the game went on,” Thrash said.

“Good team win against a good conference opponent.”

Alex McPeak led off the game with a single to left field and scored two batters later when Isaiah Jackson doubled off the left field fence to give Coshocton the early lead.

Marietta answered in the bottom of third. Corey Hill led off the inning by ripping a single to left before going to second base on Michael Ullman’s sacrifice bunt. Hill then scored easily when Isaac Danford mashed a triple to left-center field. Danford would come in to score two batters later when Austin Hefter poked a base hit past the shortstop, giving the Tigers a 2-1 advantage.

“I had to come up big,” Danford said. “Corey started us off with a big hit.”

Coshocton had a big opportunity to tie the game and possibly re-take the lead in the top of the fifth. With two on and two outs in the inning, Jackson came up to the plate. After pulling a ball about a foot to the left of the foul line in left field that would have been at least a game-tying double, Jackson took a pitch off his back to load the bases. Robinson, though, took a deep breath and came back to strike out Coshocton’s cleanup hitter to escape trouble.

“Zach made some quality pitches there in a tight situation,” Thrash said.

Marietta took that momentum into the next half-inning, adding two key insurance runs. It was Hill again who began the rally with a single. Later, with Hill at third and Danford at first with one out, a wild pickoff throw to first allowed Hill to come in and score. Danford ended up at third after Turner Hill’s bunt hit and would later cross the plate on Hefter’s ground ball to second base.

“That was big,” Danford said. “If we hadn’t gotten those two more runs it would have been a way closer ballgame.”

That was all Robinson needed to seal the deal.

The Tigers improved to 7-6 overall and 3-1 in the ECOL, while Coshocton fell to 11-5 and 3-3 in the league.