Advantageous Tigers take down Coshocton, 10-4

The Marietta Tigers put the bat on the ball Friday.

In a 10-4 victory over Coshocton at Legion Field, Marietta put the Redskins’ defense to the test by consistently making contact, resulting in six Coshocton errors. Only two Tiger at-bats ended in strikeouts as nearly everyone in orange and black was able to put the ball in play.

On the other side, left-hander Brandon Schamp made it hard for Coshocton batters to square up the ball, striking out 10 and walking just one in seven innings to earn the mound victory.

“I’m thankful that we rebounded from a tough loss last night (at Zanesville),” said MHS skipper Jim Thrash. “We took advantage of mistakes they made early on and gave ourselves some cushion to work with throughout the game. Brandon just was pumping the strike zone.”

The Tigers built an early 3-0 lead after one inning. An infield single by Turner Hill and a pair of Coshocton errors loaded the bases with nobody out, and then a run came in when Isaac Danford was hit by a pitch. Brandon Neville’s groundout to short plated a run before Mason Tatro’s grounder to the same spot was booted to bring in another run.

Schamp cruised through the first five innings, thanks in part to a pair of 6-4-3 double plays started by shortstop Isaac Danford.

The only blemish was in the fourth when, with the bases loaded and nobody out, Coshocton’s Talon Babcock hit into a twin-killing to plate the Redskins’ first run of the game.

Meanwhile, the Tigers tacked on seven more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 10-1 lead. The big blow came in the fifth when Hill’s single up the middle was misplayed and allowed two runs to score.

On the verge of getting mercied, Coshocton’s bats finally made some noise in the sixth, plating three runs to make it 10-4. Devin Ryan’s double to left field drove in two of the runs. A pair of outfield errors by the Tigers extended the rally.

“Until the sixth inning, we were making every play that needed to be made,” Thrash said. “We had a hiccup in the sixth inning.

“I was impressed with Brandon’s bulldog-ness out there. We’ve got a double-header (Saturday) so he saved a lot of pitching for us by going the distance tonight.”

It was Schamp’s third victory of the season as he and right-handed teammate Trent Dawson have formed a one-two punch at the top of Marietta’s rotation.

“His ball moves,” Thrash said of Schamp, a junior. Whether he’s throwing a fastball or he’s throwing a changeup, he’s one of those left-handers where the ball is always moving somewhere. (Coshocton) had a lot of swings and misses, especially early in the game, and I think that’s because his ball was moving so much.”

Alex McPeak took the loss for the ‘Skins. He worked four innings with two walks and two strikeouts. McPeak received little help from his defense, which was pressured all day by Marietta.

“We’ve been really emphasizing putting the ball in play,” Thrash said. “Things can happen and they did.”

The win was Marietta’s eighth of the season and second in East Central Ohio League play.

The Tigers have a big test Saturday when they take on undefeated Meigs in a double-header at Pomeroy.

“We’d like to hang the first loss on them (Saturday),” said Thrash, who will give the ball to Danford in game one against the Marauders.