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Tiger win fifth straight, 18-0, over Trimble

Courtesy photo Marietta's Peyton Cox gets ready to deliver a pitch during Friday's high school baseball game against Trimble at Legion Field.

On a beautiful spring evening at Legion Field Fridaythe Marietta Tigers rolled to their fifth consecutive win by downing an overmatched Trimble Tomcat team 18-0 in five innings. The Tigers rallied for 11 hits and 13 runs in the fourth inning to give Tiger sophomore pitcher Peyton Cox his first varsity win.

The long and lanky Cox held the Tomcats to just four hits over four innings while striking out seven and walking none to earn his first victory on the mound.

“My curveball was working early and my fastball felt good tonight,” said a confident Cox. “I will be back out there Monday in the JV game versus New Philly, but it was fun to win this one tonight.”

The Bengals wasted no time getting on the board in the first as Mark Duckworth walked, Josh Martin reached on an error, and Adam Coil hit a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Martin scored on a passed ball, then Trey Brown singled and Donovan Wheeler was hit by a pitch. The Tigers executed the first of three double steals in the game to make it 3-0.

The Tigers added two runs in the third as Ethan Clark doubled, Wheeler was hit by a pitch and John Barry Wharff singled to make it 5-0 Marietta.

Courtesy photo Marietta's Donovan Wheeler breaks for second during a high school baseball game against Trimble Friday at Legion Field. Marietta won, 18-0.

Cox was throwing strikes and taking care of business on the mound as the sophomore struck out seven of the first nine batters. Two of the Tomcat hits were of the infield variety as Cox was in total command. Freshman pitcher Izak Knighten came on to pitch the fifth for Marietta and end the game.

The surging Tigers improved to11-6 and will face Athens on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Legion Field in a doubleheader.

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