Newcomerstown too much for Tigers, 12-3

MARIETTA – It was a tough day on the field for the Marietta Tigers here Friday as visiting Newcomerstown came away with a 12-3 victory.

The first inning was uneventful as both teams didn’t score, but things picked up a bit slightly in the second inning when Riley Kellish gave the Trojans the lead on a two-run triple.

Shae Hutchinson, who was 3-for-3, managed to put the camo-clad Tigers on the board in the bottom of the third, hitting a two-run double to tie the game.

Newcomerstown really opened things up in the fourth, jumping out to a 6-2 lead thanks in part to Karlee Peach, who drove in two runs. Jayde Bricker also had an RBI double.

Both teams failed to score in the fifth. But in the sixth, the Trojans collected five more runs, most notably off a two-run double by Bricker, who also had three runs-batted-in during the contest, and by Merada Morehead, who was wacked by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Entering the final frame trailing 12-2, Marietta still couldn’t find its flow offensively. The Tigers’ last run came on a Kendall Hartlin RBI single, which brought Hutchinson in to score.

Kellish finished the day going 2-for-4 with two runs-batted-in and a triple. Peach was 3-for-4 and Bricker was 2-for-2 with three RBIs as the Trojans racked up 12 hits to go along with their 12 runs.

Hutchinson had a huge game for the Tigers, getting some help from Hartlin, who had two runs-batted-in with a single while going 3-for -4. Bailey Houge also went 2-for-3, but the Tigers’ sixth through nine hitters went a combined 0-for-12.

Kris Hill, skipper for the Tigers, praised the hitting of Trojans, which was on display throughout the entire game.

“They hit well.” Hill said. “They had some really nice hits and gappers, one between the right fielder and the center fielder, one down the line. Those were some really nice hits. Those are just things when you’re hitting well, the ball goes where you want it and no one’s standing there. So they hit well.”

Hill was also complimentary of Newcomerstown’s pitching, but also stressed that her own team is still struggling to put hits together the way she would like.

“They’ve got a good little pitcher and that was the difference in the game really.” explained Hill of Bricker, the Trojans’ winning pitcher. “We’re having some hits, but just not putting them together. The top of our lineup is hitting really well, but then we have blocks where we’re not hitting and we just need to get it together. Hats off to them.”

The Tigers will be back in action at 5 p.m. Monday when Zanesville invades.