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Marietta tops Vinton County; Warren takes down Cambridge

On a sunny Tuesday evening at Legion Field, the Marietta Tigers took advantage of five Vinton County errors and drew nine bases on balls in route to a 13-8 victory. The win was Marietta’s eight in their last nine games as they improved to 14-7 on the season.

The Tigers struck first with a run in the second inning as freshman Ethan Clark walked and moved around the bases on a series of passed balls to make it 1-0. Vinton starter River Hayes wiggled off the hook as Marietta left the bases loaded. Vinton got to Tiger hurler Adam Coil in the third inning scoring three times when Zack Bartoe doubled in Quentin Campbell who had singled. Hayes drew a walk and three wild pitches scored both runners to give Vinton their only lead of the game at 3-1.

The patient Tigers took the lead for good sending twelve batters to the plate in the third inning scoring six runs on just two hits. Coil, Trey Brown, and Clark all drew walks to load the bases. Dawson Brown relieved Hayes on the mound and after a passed ball scored one run, Bryson Chavez drew a walk. Tiger skipper Josh McKitrick called upon Malachi Morton to execute the suicide squeeze bunt and the Tiger catcher did his job and also reached first base as the pitcher bobbled the ball. Freshman Cam Goeller was hit by a pitch and John Barry Wharff delivered a 2 run single up the middle. Duckworth reached on an error and Josh Martin singled to put the Tigers up 7-3.

Vinton got a run back in the fourth as Bartoe singled in Koen Travis who was hit by a pitch. The bengals continued to be patient at the plate and struck for five more runs in the fifth. Duckworth led off with a walk, Martin beat out a bunt single, and after a double steal, Coil laced a double to right center to make it 9-4 Marietta. Brown walked, Chavez singled, and Goeller reached on an error and it was 12-4 Tigers.

Vinton came out swinging in the sixth with Campbell, Bartoe, and Hayes all stroking singles. Zack Radabaugh and Gabe Raschke both drew walks to end Coil’s night on the mound in favor of John Barry Wharff in relief. After a two out two run single by Matt Sexton, Wharff struck out Mayson Bartoe to end the inning as Vinton closed the gap to 12-8.

The Tigers added an insurance run in the sixth as Martin singled and stole second and third and scored on a Trey Brown single to left. Wharff sat them down in the seventh and Marietta earned their 14th victory of the season.

The Tigers are slated to play Cambridge Friday at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Park in the final regular season game.

Warren 3, Cambridge 1

VINCENT — The Warren Warriors host played host to the Cambridge Bobcats on Monday night in Vincent and defeated the visitors in a low scoring affair 3-1.

Warren ace Kurt Taylor took the mound and tossed a complete game one hitter while striking out 9 Bobcat hitters. Coach Ryan Lemley said “Kurt’s off speed was filthy tonight. Cambridge is a good club that beat us earlier so to come back and get them as we get ready to start tournament play is huge for us.”

The Warriors struck first in the bottom of the second when senior second baseman Seth Dennis reached on an infield single with two outs. Dennis stole second and scored when Taylor reached based on a throwing error by the Cambridge pitcher allowing Dennis to make his way home. Third basemen Derek McAfee followed Taylor with an infield single of his own and then Caleb Davis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Taylor would score on a passed ball for the second Warren run of the inning.

The Warriors would tack on another run in the bottom of the second inning after Dalton Higgins reached base on another hit by pitch. Evan Gandee stepped up and hit a double to left moving Higgins to third. Senior Scott Reynolds would ground out to the SS plating Higgins. The three runs would prove to be all that Taylor would need to get the win.

Cambridge’s loan threat came in the top of the fourth when first baseman Brock Valentine would get the visitors only hit of the night when he hit a 2-0 two out single to center field. Taylor would struggle a little with his control and walked the next two batters to load the bases with two outs. The Cats lone run would cross when Taylor hit the next batter. The senior battle right back though and sat down the next hitter with three straight fast balls to end the threat.

Over the next three innings Taylor would retire the Bobcats in order to lead the Warriors to their 16th win of the season. The Warriors played solid defense all night behind their senior pitcher. Lemley said “We did not make an error tonight. That’s the key for us moving forward into tournament play.”

After the game Taylor said “Getting a win is always a good feeling, but it feels even better on senior night, in one of the last games I’ll ever throw on my home field.”

The Warriors were led at the plate by Derek McAfee who had three singles. Senior Evan Gandee had two hits and Seth Dennis had one hit as the Warriors themselves only managed six total hits on the evening.

The Warriors earned the No. 6 seed in the Southeast District and will host Fairfield Union next Monday in the sectional opener.

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