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Adam Coil leads Tigers over Chieftains

Marietta’s Adam Coil delivers a pitch during a high school baseball game against Logan Tuesday at Legion Field. Marietta won, 6-5. Photo by Mark Duckworth

On a warm spring evening along the banks of the Muskingum River, Adam Coil had a night to remember at both the plate and the pitching mound as he led the Marietta Tigers to a 6-5 win over the Logan Chieftains.

The 6-foot-5 senior started on the mound for the Tigers and held the Chieftains scoreless on just two hits through the first four innings. Meanwhile the Tigers got on the board early by plating three runs in the first inning off Logan starter Henry Pierce. Josh Martin got things going with a one-out walk and Coil executed a textbook hit and run single to right to advance Martin to third.

With two outs, John Berry Wharff was hit by a pitch and freshman Ethan Clark and Jonah Emory followed with singles to make it 3-0 Tigers after one.

The Tigers added a run in the fourth as Clark reached on an error, was sacrificed to second and scored on a fielders choice. Coil was sailing along into the fifth when the Tiger defense committed four errors in the inning to allow five unearned across to give Logan a 5-4 lead.

“We had a bad inning there, but Coil kept his composure and the team rallied for the win” said Tiger head coach Josh McKitrick.

Marietta got the run back in the bottom of the inning as Josh Martin walked, stole second, advanced to third on a fly ball and scored on infield single by Donavon Wheeler.

Malichai Morten relieved Coil and pitched well in the sixth and seventh innings striking out two as the game remained tied at five in the bottom of the seventh. Mark Duckworth led off with a bunt single, and stole second base. A perfectly placed bunt by Josh Martin advanced Duckworth to third to set the stage for Coil. The senior wasted no time jumping on the second pitch for a walk off line drive single up the middle, his third hit of the night.

Marietta will look to extend their win streak to three as they take on Meigs at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pioneer Park.

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