Parkersburg South baseball beats Warren, 7-5

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Warren starting pitcher Seth Dennis delivers a pitch during a high school baseball game against Parkersburg South on Thursday evening at Hank Greenburg Field. South won, 7-5.

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South third baseman Nathan Currey turned a 5-3 double play on a bases-loaded shot hit by Brett Gandee to seal the Patriots’ 7-5 victory against Warren here Thursday evening at Hank Greenburg Field.

Patriot Eli Reeves scattered 11 hits in six-plus innings of work and Dustin Corley recorded the final three outs for the save as head coach Todd Burner’s program improved to 10-7 with a pair of games set for today at the St. Albans tournament.

“Eli pitched a real good game and he got a little tired at the end,” admitted Burner, whose team plays Huntington at 5:30 p.m. and then the host Red Dragons around 8 p.m. “We were trying to save some pitching.

“We hit the ball in spurts and right there at the end we hit it. After the game we had the other night (Tuesday) against Ripley and all the ball we’ve been playing we gave the kids a complete day off yesterday (Wednesday).”

Tied at five heading to the bottom of the sixth, PSHS got an opposite-field double from No. 9 hitter Colin Bryant, which was followed by Nick Yoho reaching on an error. Bryant scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch and Yoho crossed with the final run on Blake McMullen’s RBI double to deep left.

“We beat them a little bit over at our place, 10-6, and we lose 7-5 here,” said Warren head man Ryan Lemley. “It was just two good baseball games. Unfortunately, we lost the strike zone there for a little while and made a few mistakes defensively, but good teams take advantage of it and that’s what they did so we’ll tip our hat to them and move on.

“I was proud that we battled back. We were down 2-0 and battled back. We were down 5-2 and battled back. We’re down 7-5 and loaded them up and Brett hit a nice ball that unfortunately was a double play. If it goes three feet either direction it’s a tie game.”

Warren, which has a 1 p.m. twinbill Saturday at Wheeling Park, tied the game at five apiece thanks to a three-run top of the sixth. Evan Gandee started it with an infield single and after Kurt Taylor had a bloop single, Brett Gandee had a run-scoring double to left-center. Designated hitter Brayden Gerber followed with a two-run single to center. Although Hunter Vincent had a single after getting jammed and ninth-place hitter Thomas Miller reached on a bunt single, Patriot first baseman Grant Hussey made a snag on a one-hop bullet hit by Drew Huffman and stepped on the bag to end the threat.

PSHS had single tallies in the first and second. Yoho singled to open the game, stole second and scored on a Warren error. Chase Dunbar opened the second with a free pass and scored on Bryant’s RBI knock to left.

The Warriors tied it with two runs in the third. Miller reached on a bad hop single past Currey and starting pitcher Seth Dennis drew a two-out walk. After Evan Gandee had an RBI single to left, Dennis scored on a double steal with Evan Gandee.

Parkersburg South made sure the lead was short-lived and pushed across a trio of runs in the last of the third for the 5-2 cushion. Jared Clemente got it started with a two-out walk and then Dunbar and Currey were hit by pitches to load the bases. After Brayden Cline drew an RBI free pass, Bryant hit a ball to the Warrior second baseman, who misplayed it and allowed two runs to score.

Caleb Davis took the loss in relief for the Warriors (7-4-1).