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Longtime Marietta High baseball coach Jim Thrash is stepping down as the Tigers’ skipper. Thrash started as an assistant for MHS in 1989 and became the head coach in 2004. 

RON 
JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

Longtime MHS baseball coach reflects on career, looks to future

Jim Thrash was a spectator at Monday night’s Marietta Post 64-St. Clairsville Post 159 district baseball game at Don Coss Field in Cambridge. With several Tigers on the roster, the longtime Marietta High skipper has viewed many of the legion contests this summer. Earlier in the day, Thrash ...

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Ashland University baseball coach John Schaly shakes hands with a player. Schaly has been selected to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

John Schaly to be honored

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former Marietta College baseball All-American John Schaly, a 1982 graduate, has been selected for induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. With his election, he and his late father, legendary Pioneer skipper Don Schaly ‘59, become just the ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750’s Drew Huffman is tagged out at third base by Marietta Post 64’s Clay Hayes during an American Legion baseball game Tuesday at Don Coss Field in Cambridge. Beverly/Lowell won, 13-3, to advance to the state tournament.

Beverly/Lowell beats Post 64 for Region 8 title

CAMBRIDGE — When Beverly/Lowell put the ball in play, good things happened — a lot. Post 389/750 capitalized on seven Marietta Post 64 errors en route to a 13-3, seven-inning mercy triumph in American Legion baseball action at Don Coss Field Tuesday night. The winners also benefited from ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta Post 64’s Clay Hayes heads back to the dugout with his teammates after hitting a home run during an American Legion baseball game against St. Clairsville Post 159 Monday at Don Coss Field in Cambridge.

Marietta advances to legion tournament finals

CAMBRRIDGE — No matter what happens the rest of the way at Don Coss Field, Washington County will be represented in the American Legion baseball state tournament at Beavers Field in Lancaster. This was made possible Monday night, thanks to Marietta Post 64’s 17-6 triumph over St. ...

Beverly Lowell Post 389/750 second baseman Trace Schafer (1) turns a double play as Marietta Post 64 baserunner Isaac Danford (14) slides into second in American Legion District 11, Region 8 action Sunday at Don Coss Field in Cambridge. Beverly/Lowell won 5-1 to advance to championship play on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Bradford, Bev/Low slip past Post 64, 5-1

CAMBRIDGE — When a pitcher comes into a baseball game sporting an earned run average of less than a run there is only one way he can lower it that ERA and that is to allow zero earned runs. Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 lefty Tyler Bradford managed to do exactly that as he allowed just one ...

Third generation racers Travis Dickson (16) and Kyle Bond (10) battle for the lead in the 20 lap AMRA Modified feature Friday night at The Legendary Hilltop Speedway. Dickson would go on to capture his first win of the season at the track. Photo courtesy of Zach Yost.

Skaggs takes sprint win at Hilltop

Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association racer Nathan Skaggs appears to have the Legendary Hilltop Speedway figured out. The sprint car series made it’s fourth appearance of the season Friday night at LHS and Skaggs remained unbeaten as he dominated the field for his fourth feature victory. Early ...

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Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750's Logan Isner (16) is tagged out at home by Tuscarawas County Post 205 catcher Paul Thomas during the bottom of the sixth inning of an American Legion baseball game Saturday at Don Coss Field in Cambridge, Ohio. Beverly/Lowell won, 6-2.

Isner’s slam, Neal’s gem lift Beverly/Lowell

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Logan Isner's Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 teammates call him "Hulk," and for good reason. The Fort Frye product showed off his strength during American Legion baseball Region 8, District 11 tournament action Saturday at Don Coss Field, cranking a walkoff grand slam over ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times --
Marietta Post 64's Zach Cunningham, left, is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a balk during the bottom of the third inning of an American Legion baseball game against Zanesville Post 29 Saturday at Don Coss Field in Cambridge, Ohio. Marietta won, 16-3, in seven innings.

Post 64 thumps Zanesville, now 2-0 in tourney

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Despite not having a team for 13 years, Marietta Post 64 is making its presence felt in the Region 8, District 11 tournament. After a 7-3 win over host Cambridge Friday, Post 64 jumped all over Zanesville Post 29 for a 16-3, seven-inning mercy win Saturday at Don Coss ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta Post 64’s Trent Dawson, right, dives back to first base as Cambridge Post 84’s Steve McPeek fields a pickoff throw during an American Legion Region 8, District 11 tournament baseball game Friday at Don Coss Field in Cambridge.

Post 64 opens tourney with win over Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — Marietta Post 64’s southpaw pitchers gave Cambridge Post 84 batters fits. Starter Brandon Schamp gave up three hits and reliever Turner Hill none as the Mariettans downed the Guernsey Countians, 7-3, in American Legion district tournament opening round baseball action Friday ...

Marietta Post 64’s Isaac Danford fields and ground ball and throws to first base during an American Legion baseball game against Athens Post 21 earlier this season at Don Schaly Stadium. Photo by Jordan Holland.

State berth at stake for Post 64, Beverly/Lowell

Marietta Post 64 has won eight of its last nine baseball games, going into Ohio American Legion Region 8, District 11 tournament play at Don Coss Field in Cambridge this weekend. The Mariettans (15-5) are scheduled to get a stiff test early on when they play host Cambridge Post 84 Friday at ...

Parkersburg 10-year-old Walker Jones, right, gets instruction from teacher Matt Warden at an outfield station in the MC Camp of Champs Wednesday at Don Schaly 
Stadium.

RON 
JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

Camp of Champs popular with youngsters

Lance Carr is a “veteran” of the Marietta College Camp of Champs. The 11-year-old youngster from Lexington, Ky., has attended the annual summer baseball clinic at Don Schaly Stadium four straight years, now. On Wednesday, he and about 50 other ballplayers, ages 8 to 13-years-old (second ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Belpre Youth Football co-commisioner Tessi Davis poses with, left to right, 8-year-old Jaiden Oakley, 6-year-old Bryce Davis, and 7-year-old Ryan Miller. In the back is 7-year-old Owen Eller at the Belpre High School practice field Tuesday.

Belpre youth football league seeking increase in numbers, safety

BELPRE — Tessi Davis enjoys a challenge, whether it’s in the Toughman Contest ring or as a first-year Belpre Youth Football co-commisioner. Last year, the former Parkersburg Big Red was a Toughman champion twice in the women’s light-heavyweight division, once in Parkersburg and the ...

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Members of The Shield 19U baseball team huddle during a game earlier this summer.

The Shield features top local baseball talent

PARKERSBURG — Dalton Wiggins knows his summer baseball team doesn’t get the same publicity as some of the other programs, but it’s OK. Instead, Wiggins believes his teammates and he get more facetime with college baseball coaches in West Virginia and surrounding states. “I feel like ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750’s Logan Isner, left, rounds third base as coach Tyler Engle congratulates him after a home run during an American Legion baseball game against Hebron Tuesday.

Isner homers, but Beverly/Lowell falls to Hebron

BEVERLY — Logan Isner slugged a home run and had a double. He was hot, but Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 was not as it dropped a 4-3 decision to visiting Hebron Post 285 in American Legion baseball action at Fort Frye High Tuesday night. “We’re just not getting it done at the plate right ...

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Warren’s Chase Weihl winds up in preparation to deliver a pitch to an awaiting Parkersburg South batter during a 2017 regular season contest. Weihl chose to pitch for Potomac State for the next two years Monday.

Warren’s Chase Weihl commits to Potomac State baseball team

VINCENT — Chase Weihl was both a baseball and basketball standout at Warren High. Not surprisingly, the 17-year-old student/athlete was being recruited to play at the college level. On Monday in the WHS lobby, Weihl made his decision to play baseball and committed to Potomac State College ...

Beverly/Lowell's Derek Layton is safe at home plate as Parkersburg Post 15 catcher Josh Stephens tries to tag him during American Legion Game 1 action at Fort Frye Sunday afternoon. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Bev-Low Post 389/750 sweeps Post 15

BEVERLY — Beverly/Lowell enjoyed another broomfest. Post 389/750 extended its winning streak to nine games with a pair of 5-3 triumphs over visiting Parkersburg Post 15 in American Legion baseball action Sunday at Fort Frye High. Earlier this season, Bev-Low swept the Parkersburg legion ...

Marietta Post 64’s Isaac Huffman slides safely into home plate as Lancaster catcher Logan Fyffe attempts to apply the tag during an American Legion baseball game against Lancaster Saturday at Don Schaly Stadium. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Post 64 sweeps Lancaster before rain hits

Visiting Lancaster Post 11 came into Saturday afternoon’s double header at Don Schaly Stadium against Marietta Post 64 sporting more wins than Marietta had games played. It took Post 64 just ten innings to dispose of the visitors as they rolled to an 11-1 five inning win in the opener and ...

Marietta’s Eli Vessels, left, is tagged out at the plate by Worthington Wildcats catcher Charlie Williams during 8U All-Star Tournament baseball action at the Worthington Ball Fields in Parkersburg Saturday. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Worthington Wildcats rally to beat Bantam all-stars

PARKERSBURG — Marietta only trailed once in the game — at the end. The Tiger 8U Bantam League all-stars came out swinging in the opening inning but then faded fast and dropped an 8-7 decision to the Worthington C Wildcats in tournament action at Worthington Ball Fields Saturday. “We ...

Coleman Evans (inside) looks to hold off older brother Tyler Evans (outside) for the lead in the 20-lap AMRA Modified feature Saturday night at The Legendary Hilltop Speedway. Tyler was able to make the pass and went on to claim his fourth win of the season on the quarter mile dirt track. Photo courtesy of Zach Yost.

Tyler Evans claims gold over brother at Hilltop Speedway

It was a great night for racing if your car number was either 28 or 17 Saturday night on the quarter mile dirt track known as The Legendary Hilltop Speedway. One night after regular racing was postponed due to heavy rains, LHS decided to run their show a day later and despite a couple of ...

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Marietta resident Glynn Goodwin placed third at a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open event last weekend.

Local man hooks 3rd place finish at bassmaster event

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Glynn Goodwin had a good finish on Oneida Lake at last Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open No. 1. But the angler right behind the 35-year-old Mariettan after Day 2 of the three-day event in upstate New York was just a tad better with a winning surge. While ...