Marietta earns win over Wood County, 4-2
Marietta had some trouble with Wood County throughout the 2020 summer season, but Craig Scoggan had no trouble Tuesday at Don and Sue Schaly Field at Pioneer Park.
The senior-to-be at Caldwell High School threw seven strong innings for Marietta, walking three and striking out three while allowing just three hits and two runs and a 4-2 win for the home team.
“We had to scramble to beat (Wood County) on their field in June,” said Marietta skipper Larry Hiser. “They beat us around in the Cambridge tournament on Fourth of July weekend. You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Craig Scoggan for keeping those bats down for seven innings and doing a heckuva job. Most of the credit goes to him, and then he got some good defense behind him as well.”
A scoreless game going into the bottom of the third, Marietta got on the board first. Logan Adams hit a one-out single in the third and stole a pair of bases to get to third base. He finally scored on Corbin Alkire’s single to right field, which was misplayed and allowed Alkire to get to third. Alkire then scored on Dakota Miller’s infield single to make it 2-0.
“I feel like we’re playing really well,” said Miller, whose team improved to 19-8 with a week left to play. “We’re definitely playing as a team and we’re winning against good ball clubs.”
Marietta added a run each in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Carter Dennis and Foster Brand singled to start the inning. Mike Reeder, running for Dennis, scored on Justin Thompson’s RBI ground out.
“We were putting the ball in play today,” said Thompson, who also doubled in the game. “We weren’t getting really that lucky with stuff falling, but our hitting’s pretty solid this year.”
In the fifth, Miller led off with a walk and went to third on Wade Paulie’s single to left. Miller scored on Dennis’s infield single to make it 4-0. Dennis, from River High School, finished 3 for 4 at the plate.
“He had been struggling, and he’s got the kind of attitude that he’s not going to let that bother him,” Hiser said of Dennis. “Give him a lot of credit. He kind of woke up on Sunday and hit the ball hard two or three times. Then he followed it up again today so I’m proud him for getting himself out of a slump, which is a hard thing for a young person to do sometimes.”
Scoggan, meanwhile, was dealing.
He escaped a jam in the top of the first, walking Nick Menarchek and giving up a double to Eli Reeves but got Max Anderson to ground out to first to end the threat.
Scoggan cruised after that until the top of the eighth. Nathan Currey led off with an infield single and then scored on Brodie Wiggins’ triple to right. Kail Hill came on in relief, and after a strikeout, he got pinch-hitter Kyle Moore to ground out to second, driving in Wiggins to make it 4-2.
Hill retired the next four batters he faced to secure the win and get the save. He struck out three in two scoreless innings of work.
Currey started and went five innings for Wood County (12-11), walking four and striking out five. Drew Woofter pitched three innings of relief, fanning a pair of batters.
Marietta collected 10 hits and had just one error in the field, while Wood County finished with three hits and made two errors.
“Pitching and getting ahead from the beginning is big against these better ball clubs,” Miller said.
Marietta is approaching the 20-win mark in a season where it wasn’t certain 20 games would even be played due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We haven’t been really keeping track of it,” Thompson said of the team’s record. “We’ve just been having fun playing baseball. We’re just grateful to be out here.”
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