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Beverly/Lowell controls rest of its’ district tourney destiny

RON JOHNSTON, The Marietta Times Beverly/Lowell’s Mason Long is safe at the plate as Marietta Post 64 catcher Justin Thompson is late with the tag Sunday night.

CAMBRIDGE — Beverly/Lowell gets Monday off.

Two-time defending district champion Post 389/750 overcame a two-hour rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat Marietta Post 64, 8-5, in an American Legion District 11, Region 8 winners bracket baseball game Sunday night at Don Coss Field.

With the victory, Todd Engle-coached BevLow (24-6) advanced to the tournament’s championship round at 6 p.m.Tuesday. On that evening, it’ll need just one more win to 3-peat as district champ and clinch a berth in the state tournament at Lancaster’s Beavers Field.

Marietta (17-9) meanwhile is scheduled to play either St. Clairsville Post 159 or Zanesville Post 29 in an elimination game at 6 p.m. tonight at DCF. Larry Hiser-led Post 64 is hoping to get another crack at Beverly/Lowell Tuesday.

This past Saturday, Marietta edged St. Clairsville, 3-2, in a winners bracket game. Post 159 then eliminated tourney host Cambridge Post 84, 5-1, in Sunday’s opening game at noon.

In the second game, after Beverly/Lowell loaded the sacks with nobody out in the top of the first, Marietta lefty Corbin Alkire got out of the jam with two strikeouts and a pop out.

Post 64 then staked itself to a 1-0 advantage in the second inning when Carter Dennis singled home Dakota Miller.

In the top of the third, Post 389/750 tied the score at 1-all on Clayton Cook’s bloop single to center, which plated Tyler Bradford.

Marietta regained the advantage, 2-1, in the bottom half of the frame when Derek Duckworth plated Jake Rose with a sacrifice fly to right.

But then, Beverly/Lowell enjoyed a bat-around in the fourth when it plated five runs to make it 6-2. During the surge, Evan Gandee and Bradford each doubled home a run, while Tate Engle also had a ribbie on a bunt.

Another Post 389/750 run scored on a wild pitch and another on a Post 64 error.

Marietta cut it to 6-3 in the bottom of the fourth when a doubling Jarrett Jackson advanced to third on Miller’s single and then legged it home on Dennis’ sacrifice fly to right.

BevLow scored single runs in the fifth and sixth on sac flies by Gandee and Cook, respectively.

After the rain delay, Marietta plated two runs in the sixth when a singling Kail Hill came around to score on Miller’s fielder’s choice. Later, Miller legged it home on a wild pitch, making it 8-5.

Kam Hesson started on the bump, and pitched four innings to get the B/L win. Kurt Taylor earned a save with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Brett Gandee also threw in relief.

Alkire tossed five innings and suffered the mound setback, while Jared Richards and Derek Duckworth both threw in relief.

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