Eastern baseball rallies past Marietta for 6-2 win
The Eastern Eagles rallied for 5 runs in the 7th inning to get out of town with a 6-2 comeback win over the host Marietta Tigers at legion field Friday night.
The Eagles got things going in the first inning off Tiger starter Adam Coil as Bruce Hawley drew a walk and scored on a double by Matthew Blanchard after the cut off throw was bobbled to make it 1-0.
Marietta tied the game in the fourth as Donovan Wheeler reached on an error and Ethan Clark got hit by a pitch. JB Wharff laid down a nice sacrifice bunt to move the runners up and Wheeler raced home as Joan Emery grounded into a fielders choice to tie the game.
The Tigers forged ahead in the fifth as Mark Duckworth led off with a walk and raced to third on a misplayed sacrifice bunt by Josh Martin. Duckworth scored on an Adam Coil ground out to put the Tigers in front 2-1.
Adam Coil held the Eagle at bay through four innings and turned it over to southpaw Duckworth in the fifth. The Tiger senior pitched out of trouble in the fifth and sixth, but the seventh inning proved fatal for Marietta. The Eagles batted around in the seventh scoring five runs and chasing Duckworth who was relieved by JB Wharff to get the final two outs of the seventh. By then the Tigers trailed 6-2 and they would go quietly in the seventh as Eastern reliever Conner Ridenour set them down in order.
Eastern was led by Matthew Blanchard who had three of their eight hits. Marietta only had two hits, a bunt single by Duckworth and a single to left by Clark in the sixth.