Lethargic Beverly/Lowell falls to St. Clairsville, 13-5

BEVERLY – Simply put, Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 just had an off night on the diamond.

The American Legion baseball team from Beverly struggled from the get-go as it dropped a 13-5 decision to visiting and defending district champion St. Clairsville Post 159 at Fort Frye High Thursday evening.

“We’ve been playing at a real high level for a week, but there’s still no excuse for this, because I don’t want to take anything away from St. Clairsville,” said veteran BevLow skipper Todd Engle. “They just came here and gave us a pretty good beatdown.”

Post 389/750 fell to 11-5 on the season, while Post 159 improved its mark to 9-3.

“We were really lethargic from the beginning,” Engle said. “We were not getting to places we were supposed to as far cuts go. We were throwing the baseball away and just making a lot of miscues that we haven’t done. And that’s disappointing. We came out and just basically laid an egg.”

At least, though, Bev/Low didn’t get no-hit by St. Clairsville right-hander Kyle Anderson. In Anderson’s last outing on the bump Saturday, he tossed a seven-inning no-no in a 2-0 triumph over Parkersburg Post 15.

Against BevLow, Anderson threw five innings and got the win with some help from reliever Cade Lloyd.

Post 159 was led by Tyler Ramsay, who drilled a two-run homer in the fourth and added a run-scoring double in the ninth.

Mason Ramsay also drove in three runs, and Pat Buchanan added three singles for the winners.

Beverly/Lowell righty Philip Hoffman pitched suffered the mound setback.

In six innings of work, he fanned seven, walked two, and allowed six hits. He gave up eight runs, but only three of them were earned.

Offensively, Derek Layton was Bev/Low’s lone bright spot, getting three of his team’s six hits, including a 3-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. He also had a double and an RBI single.

“Overall, we really didn’t have very good approaches at the plate tonight,” Engle said. And then we didn’t field it well (four errors) and support our pitchers.”

Hoffman started off the game by plunking the first two Post 159 batters that he faced. One of them later came around to score on a BevLow throwing error.

In the top of the third, St. Clairsville plated four runs and stretched its lead to 5-0 on a bat-around. Mason Ramsay’s two-run single was the key hit.

Beverly/Lowell got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame on back-to-back doubles by Layton and Hoffman.

In the second, third and fourth innings, Post 389/750 stranded nine baserunners.

“We left the bases loaded three innings in a row,” Engle said. “So, we had our opportunities. We’ve just got to make sure that we get better in those situations and get those runs in.”

After Post 159 made it 7-1 on Tyler Ramsay’s two-run blast in the top of the fourth, BevLow cut it to 7-2 when Layton singled home Trace Schafer, who had legged out a bunt to lead off the frome.

Anderson was relieved by Lloyd in the sixth after issuing free passes to Turner Hill and Tate Engle. On Lloyd’s first pitch to Layton, the former Fort Frye standout drilled a three-run shot to left to reduce the deficit to three, 8-5.

That turned out to be as close as BevLow would get as St. Clairsville added five more runs in the late innings to win going away.

“We just didn’t have any mojo tonight in the dugout,” Todd Engle said. “There was no excitement in the dugout.”

Beverly/Lowell is scheduled to play at Tuscarawas in New Philly tonight.