Barnesville 15, Shenandoah 4
SARAHSVILLE -- Visiting Barnesville rolled to a 15-4 victory in five innings over Shenandoah High on Monday in non-league baseball action.
The 'Rocks jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after two innings and never looked back in their season opener.'
Junior Zane Huntsman collected the win on the mound for Barnesville with three Ks and one walk. Senior Caden Trenner absorbed the loss for the Zeps (0--3) wit two strikeouts and five walks.
Jarrod Kernan led Barnesville's offense with a home run, two doubles with four RBIs, while sophomore Aaron Marovich ripped a triple, single with four RBIs and Huntsman aided his own cause with a double, single and RBI.
Shenandoah (0-3) was led at the plate by seniors Dalton Cowgill and Jacob Howell with a double each.
Cambridge 5, Barnesville 4
Too many more walk-off wins and they might have to start carrying Cambridge High coach Josh Lowery off ... on a stretcher!
For the second time in as many days, the Bobcats pulled out a victory in the bottom of the seventh, this time rallying from a 4-0 deficit with three runs in final frame to defeat visiting Barnesville, 5-4, at chilly Don Coss Field on Tuesday.
One day after defeating perennial power Steubenville by the identical score, Cambridge made it two in a row by overcoming six errors and nine stranded baserunners when sophomore Cooper Kerns delivered a game-winning two-run single to complete the comeback.
"If they do that to me every day, they're going to kill me," said Lowery after his team's dramatic win.
"It wasn't looking too good at all," the CHS coach related. "We had too many errors and left too many guys on base, but finally at the end we were able to pull it out."
Barnesville managed a 4-0 lead after two innings, scoring twice in the second and third frames.
In the second, Jared Kernen walked with one out; was sacrificed to second by Gaetan Sinisgalli and scored on an RBI single by Kaelan Hannahs.
After Kaelan Hannahs stole second, Cade Hannahs reached on a throwing error which allowed Kaelan Hannahs to score for a 2-0 Shamrock lead.
In the third, two Cambridge errors with a walk in between loaded the bases before Aaron Marovich coaxed a free pass to force in a run.
Sinisgalli then hit an RBI single to right to up the ante to 4-0.
At that point, Cambridge's Lowery turned to senior Cody Wallace in relief of starter Trent Valentine and he induced an inning-ending 1-2-3 double-play to halt the uprising.
Cambridge finally broke through with two runs in the fifth inning.
Austin McKee opened with a single, moving to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch before Garth Charlton walked. Kerns came through here with an RBI single to plate McKee, and moments later Charlton raced home on a wild pitch as the 'Cats got within 4-2.
In the seventh, McKee led off with a double to center and Charlton walked, with Cody Moore inserted as a pinch-runner.
Alex Valentine followed with an RBI single to drive in McKee and get the 'Cats within one before Kerns delivered his game-winning two-run single to knock in Moore and Valentine.
Lowery said it's a relief to see his team coming through at the plate in the clutch so far.
"Going back to last year, that was our problem," he noted. "We could get people on base, but we just couldn't get them in."
McKee finished with a double and two singles to lead Cambridge while Charlton had a double and single and Kerns had his two big RBI hits.
Wallace worked three and two-thirds innings in relief, blanking the Shamrocks on just one hit while posting two strikeouts. Valentine had four Ks and four walks during his time on the mound.
"Cody did a great job in relief," said Lowery. "He hits his spots and keeps people off-balance, and he gave us a chance to come back today."
Huntsman had two of Barnesville's four hits.
Nathan Clark took the pitching loss in relief of Sinisgalli. Sinisgalli had five Ks and three walks while Clark had two whiffs and one free pass.
It was a tough loss for sure for the 'Rocks, but it's one which can pay dividends in the long run.
"I told the kids either we can implode or get better from this," said Barnesville coach DJ Butler. "This is only game two, so we have to learn from it.
"Defensively, if we make a couple of plays earlier, we're at the bottom of their order (in the seventh) rather than rotating to the top," he offered. "We also had some chances to build on our lead, but we only got one hit after the third inning."
The early-season clash featured some less than stellar play both ways with a combined 10 errors (six by Cambridge) and 19 runners left on base.
Shenandoah 17, Beallsville 0
SARAHSVILLE -- Host Shenandoah High picked up its first win of the young season with a convincing 17-0 shutout over Beallsville High in baseball action on Tuesday night.
A five-run first inning and a six-run second inning was more than enough run support to seal the deal for the Zeps.
Dalton Cowgill and Lane Howell tossed seven shutout innings for the Zeps, combining for eight strikeouts and two walks with Cowgill (1-0) earning the decision.
Shenandoah (1-3) collected a total of 12 hits and 14 RBIs paced by Jacob Howell with a double, single and a pair of RBIs, Cowgill with a double, single and RBI and Hunter Templeton added a three-hit night to go along with 3 RBIs.
Union Local 8, Meadowbrook 6
BYESVILLE -- Visiting Union Local pushed across a pair of runs in the ninth inning to slip past the host Meadowbrook Colts 8-6 Tuesday.
Union Local had posted a 5-1 lead through the first four frames before the Colts erupted for five runs in the fifth to take the one-run lead. The Jets answered in the sixth to knot the score at six and two scoreless innings sent the game to the ninth.
Ty Kildrow picked up the win in relief of TJ Kelley and Zach Greene, tossing the last three innings. The trio combined for seven strikeouts and four walks. Konnor Roberts was the hard-luck loser for the Colts coming on to pitch the final three innings in relief of David Scharenberg, Easton Black and Zach Rusnak. The four combined for seven punch outs and five free passes.
Union Local collected 11 hits paced by Dalton Clay with a double and two singles, while Cody Ray added a double and single and Kelley a pair of singles. Meadowbrook (1-2) smacked eight hits led by catcher Ben Davis with a triple and two singles to drive in three runs. Ryan Rusnak added a pair of singles.
Steub. Catholic 15, Barnesville 8
Barnesville 9, Steub. Catholic 6
BARNESVILLE - Host Barnesville High split a double-header with Steubenville Catholic Central on Saturday with the Crusaders claiming the first game, 15-8, and the Shamrocks picking up the second game 9-6.
In the first match-up, S.C.C recorded 12 hits overall and tallied seven runs in the fourth inning to breeze past Barnesville.
Zane Huntsman, Kaelan Hannahs, Braydon Reynolds and Seth Gordon all split time on the mound combining for four strikeouts and five walks with Huntsman losing the decision for the 'Rocks.
Nathan Clark roped a pair of hits and collected two RBI's while Jared Kernen chipped in with a triple and three RBI's for Barnesville.
In the second game, the 'Rocks used a six-run fourth inning to sneak past the Crusaders (1-2).
Freshman Jagger Jefferis (1-0) picked up his first win with four strikeouts and three walks while Zach Thompson earned the save and struck out five.
Brady Treherne paced the Barnesville (2-2) offense with three singles and an RBI while Kernen and Clark each tacked on two hits and a pair of RBI's.