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Meadowbrook spoils Marietta’s home opener

Photo by Mark Duckworth Marietta’s JB Wharff fields a ground ball during a high school baseball game against Meadowbrook Saturday at Legion Field. Meadowbrook won, 8-4.

Great pitching and solid defense will win many games on the baseball diamond. That proved to be just the case on Saturday at Legion Field as Meadowbrook rode the outstanding pitching of Cale Warner and some timely hitting to an 8-4 season opening win over the Marietta Tigers.

The 6-foot-3 lanky left hander threw five innings of one-hit baseball as he kept the Tigers off balance at the plate with a wide variety of pitches.

The Colts got on the board in the second inning when Brady McManaway launched a one-out double to right center and later scored on a fielders choice to make it 1-0. The Colts were at it again in the top of the third off Tiger starter Adam Coil. Zack Hoop, Aiden Reis, and Hayden Loy all singled to make it 3-0. Loy then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brady McManaway to make it 4-0 after 2 ¢ innings.

The Tigers mounted their only threat against Warner in the bottom of the third as Donovan Wheeler had a one-out infield single and stole second base. Josh Martin was hit by a pitch and Coil walked to load the bases. Tiger clean up batter Westin Davis hit the first pitch on a line to center field only to see McManaway come racing in and selling out to make a diving catch in what turned out to be the play of the game. The Colts played excellent defense to keep the Tigers in check throughout.

The Colts added four more runs in the top of the sixth off Tiger reliever Mark Duckworth as Tye Griffith had the big blow with a bases loaded double that dropped on the right field line to make the score 8-0. The Tigers finally got on board in the bottom of the 6th by plating 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks of Colts reliever Aiden Reis to make it 8-4 headed into the final frame. The Tigers went quietly in the seventh as Hayden Loy relieved and set them down in order to end the game.

Marietta (0-1) is back in action Monday as they make the trip to Zanesville to face the Blue Devils followed by Tuesday at home versus Logan.

Warren sweeps Meigs

VINCENT — Warren threw a combined no-hitter a game two of a doubleheader sweep of Meigs Saturday.

Seth Dennis struck out six in four innings of work while Hunter Vincent pitched a perfect fifth as the Warriors won 10-0.

Kurt Taylor was 2 for 2 with two doubles and two runs-batted-in, while Brayden Gerber also drove in a pair. Hunter Vincent was 2 for 3 with a double while Hunter Grimm and Scott Reynolds both doubled as well. Evan Gandee went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

In game one, Warren won 5-1 behind five strong innings on the mound from Taylor. He struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk. Caleb Davis put up two zeroes in relief. At the plate, Gandee and Vincent were 2 for 4 and Taylor was 2 for 3. Derek McAfee doubled.

SOFTBALL

Waterford 17,

Frontier 7 (5 inn.)

WATERFORD — Mackenzie Suprano homered, triple and drove in four runs while Cara Taylor homered and plated three runs as Waterford defeated Frontier 17-7 in five innings Saturday.

Kari Carney pitched all five innings for the Wilcats, walking four and striking out five. Katie Lowe drove in three runs for Waterford while Riley Schweikert scored three.

Logan Haught and Emily Cisler both went yard for the Cougars, while Shayleigh Barrows and Alyssa Snyder both doubled. Taylor Bennett pitched four innings, walking three and fanning one in a losing effort.

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