Post 64 rallies

Duckworth comes up big for Marietta

RON JOHNSTON, The Marietta Times Parkersburg Post 15’s Cullen Cutright, right, is safe at the plate as Marietta Post 64 catcher Justin Thompson, left, is late with a tag at Tuesday night Legion Field Tuesday.

MARIETTA — Marietta Post 64 grinded one out for a win.

Sparked by Derek Duckworth, the Marietta American Legion baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit in the fifth inning to defeat defending West Virginia state champion Parkersburg Post 15, 13-11, Tuesday night at Legion Field.

Duckworth, a Muskingum University recruit, picked up the mound win in relief of starter Kail Hill, and stroked three singles, including what turned out to be the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“It was a team effort,” Duckworth said. “When you put up 13 runs in a game, you expect to win.

“I’m just glad we came back and got the win.”

Marietta, winners of seven of its last eight games, improved its record to 10-5, while Mike Goodwin-coached Parkersburg fell to 11-7.

“I’m really proud of them,” said Post 64 skipper Larry Hiser.

“We did not roll and fought back. Even if we don’t come back on top, I’m still proud of them.

“It’s good for the boys to get this win and for them to know that they can hang around with a good team.”

Jordan Batten staked Parkersburg to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first with a two-run single.

The Post 15 righty also started on the bump and pitched four innings, striking out eight.

He finished with a no-decision.

In the bottom half of the first, Marietta capitalized on three Post 15 errors, and scored three runs. Jared Richards got the big hit for Post 64, a two-run single.

Parkersburg tied the score 3-3 in the second when Tyler Haskins doubled home Colin Bryant.

Post 15 batted around in the fourth and plated five runs on no hits to make it 8-3.

“We just didn’t get it together,” Duckworth said.

“In the bottom of the inning, we came together and said that we’re not going to leave it like this.”

Marietta got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth and then exploded for six runs the following frame to knot the score at 10-all.

During the fifth-inning surge, Post 64 benefitted from three hit batters, three walks and a two-run single by Jake Rose.

“We tied it up that inning through resilience,” Duckworth said. “It’s what we had to do. “

Parkersburg regained the advantage, 11-10, in the top of the sixth when a doubling Cullen Cutright legged it home on a fielder’s choice.

But again, Marietta responded. In the bottom half of the frame, Dakota Miller was safe on an error and advanced to second on Richards’ hit. After both runners moved up a base on Justin Thompson’s sacrifice bunt, Miller scored the equalizer on a fielder’s choice at the plate.

After Rose made the second out, Duckworth stepped into the batter’s box, and ripped a two-run single to right to give Post 64 a two-run cushion.

In the top of the seventh, Duckworth speared a Haskins’ line drive on the hill and turned it into a game-ending double play.

“That was great,” Hiser said. “That was quick reflexes.”

Contact Ron Johnston at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com