Snyder out-duels Schamp as Zanesville edges Marietta

Zanesville’s Braxton Snyder and Marietta’s Brandon Schamp both were dealing on the mound Monday at Legion Field.

Both lefties pitched complete games and walked one batter, with Schamp holding the advantage in strikeouts with nine to Snyder’s eight. However, it was Snyder who came out on top in the end as the Blue Devil kept the Tigers off the scoreboard while Schamp allowed a run in the third inning to give Zanesville a 1-0 victory.

It was the first loss of the season on the mound for Schamp, who had started the season 3-0. Snyder improved to 2-0.

“Both pitchers did an excellent job of throwing strikes,” said Zanesville head coach David Balo, whose club improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the East Central Ohio League.

“Any time you can come down here and beat a team that’s coached by Jim Thrash, you’re doing more things right than you are wrong. That’s for sure. He always has his kids ready to play. This was a very well-played ECOL game.”

Schamp was at his best early, striking out the side in the first inning and punching out four over the first two frames.

“A very well-pitched game by two left-handers today,” said Thrash, whose Tigers dropped to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the ECOL.

“I’m very proud of the way Brandon pitched. Defensively it was a very clean game. We didn’t have the aggressive at-bats we needed in the very limited opportunities we had to score anybody.”

Scoring opportunities were few and far between for both teams.

Marietta’s Trent Dawson poked a one-out single to right field in the bottom of the second, but was later caught stealing to end the inning.

The next half-inning proved to be the difference in the game. With Aaron Clark on second base and one out, No. 9 hitter Nik Moore singled to center field to drive in the game’s only run. Moore stole second but Schamp would get out of the inning without allowing further damage. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Moore’s run-scoring knock was all Zanesville needed.

“He’s a tough little kid,” Balo said of Moore. “He’s kind of battled through some things so I was really happy to see him get that hit.”

The Tigers got their only runner in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth. Isaac Danford led off the inning with a walk before moving to second on Dawson’s bunt single. He advanced to third on Matthew Earley’s groundout to the pitcher but was stranded there when Snyder got Mason Tatro to foul out to first base.

Marietta got a two-out bunt single from Turner Hill in the sixth but that was all the Tigers could muster the rest of the game.

“Their pitcher threw a good game,” Thrash praised. “We didn’t adjust to the strike zone a couple times when we should have, especially with two strikes. (Snyder) just did a job on us. Hats off to him and the Zanesville team. They scored one run in a well-pitched game by our kid and we couldn’t get one off their kid.”

Schamp fell to 3-1 but has been highly impressive for Marietta in the early part of the year.

“He’s started off well,” Thrash said. “We have high expectations for him. We think he can do that for us on a regular basis.”

Marietta and Zanesville get today off before a rematch Wednesday in Muskingum County. Thrash’s squad needs a victory to avoid falling two games behind the Devils in the league standings.

“Tough loss in our division,” Thrash said of Monday’s game. “We’ve got to bounce back Wednesday and get rolling again. If we have any intention of being a contender in the league, we’ve got to beat them on Wednesday.”