Tiger baseball taken down by Coshocton, 6-4
Coshocton got to Marietta High’s bullpen in the fifth and six innings to claim a 6-4 victory Friday at Legion Field.
Derek Duckworth, who pitched 5 1-3 innings Monday, pitched solid for the Tigers again Friday with four strikeouts and one walk in four innings. He left the mound with a 3-2 lead, but the Redskins struck for two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth to take a three-run lead.
“Derek got up to 63 pitches,” said MHS head coach Josh McKitrick. “We talked to him and he said he was having trouble spotting his ball. We went ahead and took him out. Our pitching today just wasn’t as crisp as it has been. We gave up a lot more walks than normal and that one inning just kind of spiraled out of control for us and allowed them to get some runs.”
Jermaine Burke took the mound in fifth for Marietta. He walked the first two batters and a couple wild pitches tied the game. Devin Ryan then doubled to left field to bring in the go-ahead run.
In the sixth, new Tiger pitcher Adam Coil fanned the first two batters, but the first reached when catcher Justin Thompson had trouble picking up the third strike in the dirt.
That proved costly later in the inning with two outs and the bases loaded as Zach Crown punched a two-run single to center.
Duckworth got one run back with an RBI single to right in the seventh, but Coshocton starter Ben Mikulik struck out the next batter to end the game. Mikulik scattered six hits and two walks with three punchouts in the complete-game victory.
“That’s typical Ben,” said Coshocton skipper Wayne Prevatt.
“I wanted to let him try to finish and he was able to do it. It was a great job. And the defense did a great job behind him.”
Marietta (6-3) got to Mikulik early. Kail Hill led off with a walk and Brady Vincent followed with a single before Corbin Alkire’s double to center plated Hill. Vincent later scored on a wild pitch to give the orange and black an early 2-0 advantage.
Coshocton (4-3) got both runs back in the third. Duckworth walked Garrett Rice and allowed a single Drew Kittell to start the inning. Crown’s base hit to center brought in Rice and Ryan’s sacrifice fly to right allowed Kittell to score the tying run.
MHS retook the lead in the bottom half of the third thanks to Hill and Vincent. Hill led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch and Vincent plated him with a sac fly to left.
Both teams played a scoreless fourth before Coshocton brought the bats out in the fifth and sixth.
“They put the ball in play when they needed to in a couple opportune times and pulled out the win,” McKitrick said.
On getting to Marietta’s bullpen, Prevatt said, “We’ve been preaching to work the pitcher, see the pitcher, make him work out of the stretch, see what he’s throwing, sit on something and drive it. They did a wonderful job.”
Though the Tigers only had six hits, they made solid contact throughout the game, but bad luck and good defense by the ‘Skins limited the damage.
“We hit the ball hard,” McKitrick said.
“They made some great plays in the field. Their shortstop and center fielder did an excellent job today.”
The Tigers have the weekend off before opening a six-game slate next week against River View Monday. The game is schedule for 5 p.m. at Warsaw.