Warren baseball gets job done vs. rival Marietta
VINCENT — On a beautiful, windy Friday in Vincent the Warren Warriors got a win behind the complete game pitching of Kurt Taylor in a game that saw a combined 11 walks and five batters hit.
“I thought Kurt did what a number 1 pitcher should do,” said Warren coach Ryan Lemley. “He did not have his best stuff, and we made some errors, but he stayed strong and finished.”
Marietta scored in the first as Mark Duckworth stroked a one-out single, advanced to second on the first of six Warren errors and scored on a fielders choice to make it 1-0.
Warren got on board with three runs in the bottom of the second as Tiger starter Mark Duckworth struggled with his control. Hunter Vincent, Hayden Pelletier, and Brayden Gerber drew walks and all three scored on hits by Dalton Higgins and a sacrifice fly by Evan Gandee.
Warren was back at it in the third as Taylor was hit by a pitch, Pelletier walked, Gerber and Higgins were hit by pitches to chase Duckworth from the game.
Jonah Emery relieved and walked Gandee and Caleb Davis before striking out Seth Dennis to end the inning with the score 6-1.
Marietta rallied for 2 runs in the fourth as Adam Coil singled, John Wharff reached on an error and both came racing home on another error off a misplayed bunt by Ethan Clark. The Warriors added two more runs in the sixth as Davis led off with a double and Dennis singled him in and later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 8-3.
“A win is a win, this one was not pretty, but it is a win”, said Lemley, who takes his Warriors on the road for a double-header Saturday at Gallipolis.
Marietta is back in action Monday at home versus Waterford at 5 p.m.