Pioneers sweep Student Princes in doubleheader
Marietta trailed 6-2 going into the eighth inning of game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Heidelberg, but the Pioneers rallied for five runs in the final two innings to win 7-6 before clobbering the Student Princes 12-2 in the nightcap to complete the sweep.
Damian Yenzi’s two-run double in the bottom of the eighth cut it to 6-4 for the No. 7-ranked Etta Express. In the ninth, Trent Castle’s two-bagger plated two and tied the score at 6-all. Three batters later, Turner Hill stepped up with the bases loaded and delivered the game-winning hit off the right field fence.
Hill and Yenzi had three hits apiece in the game while Castle added two.
Dylan Albright (1-0) worked 2 1/3 innings of relief to earn the victory. He struck out four and walked one. Nicklaus Brown started, going 6 1/3 innings with one walk and six Ks.
Cameron Deemer took the loss for Heidelberg. He recorded just two outs in the ninth, walking three and fanning one. Jake Hall started and went four frames, walking three and punching out four.
Marc Ochoa and Stephen Currie both homered for the Student Princes, helping them build the 6-2 advantage.
The Pioneers (28-4) put up an eight-spot in the first inning of game two. Hill singled and had a sacrifice fly in the inning, Drew Holderbach doubled and singled and Zach Boyd, Kail Hill and Rodreco Rachel all singled to help the Marietta cause. The big blow came from Logan Vietmeier, who clubbed a three-run homer during the inning.
MC added three runs on the third. Turner Hill and Yenzi singled in front of Holderbach, who drilled his team-leading fourth home run of the year to left field.
Holderbach finished 4 for 5 at the plate with seven runs-batted-in. Turner Hill was 4 for 4 while Yenzi and Vietmeier both were 2 for 4.
Eric DeVore had two hits for Heidelberg while Robert Hunt had a solo home run.
Gino Sabatine earned the win to improve to 7-0 on the year. Dalton Wiggins tossed two innings of relief while Trent Valentine pitched the final three frames to pick up a save.
Cayden Rollins started for Heidelberg but did not record an out.
The two wins for Marietta sets up a showdown with Mount Union next weekend to close out the regular season. Marietta is now 26-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference while Mount is 25-7. The top two teams in the OAC standings will play four games (two Saturday at Mount Union and two Sunday at Pioneer Park) with the regular season title up for grabs.