PARKERSBURG - Beverly Lowell (Post 389/750) rallied from an early two- run deficit and went on to down Parkersburg (Post 15) 17-7 on a steamy Independence Day at Hank Greenburg Field Wednesday.
Beverly/Lowell pounded out 17 hits en route to its 21st consecutive win and 28th in its past 30 games.
Post 15 jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning off of Dustin Duffy.
Photo by Mike Morrison
Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 pitcher Ben Barnas wides up to deliver a pitch to a Parkersburg Post 15 batter Wednesday.
Josh Wine got things started for Parkersburg by drawing a walk and promptly stole second.
After Clay Walters moved Wine to third with a ground out to second base, Jacob Wilcox grounded out to shortstop to score Wine with the games first run.
Consecutive singles by Brett Burns, Zane Marchal, and Jordan Braniff produced the second run of the inning for Post 15.
BEVERLY/LOWELL (POST 389/750) 17 PARKERSBURG (POST 15) 7
Beverly/Lowell 010 021 355 - 17-17-1
Parkersburg 201 000 202 - 7-10-2
WP: Ben Barnas (8-2) 3.2 IP, H, 2R, ER, 5BB, 3K, Save-Kordell Antill 2.2IP, 2H, 2ER, 3BB, 2K, Starting Pitcher: Dustin Duffy: 2.2IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, K.
LP: Jacob Braniff: 3IP, 6H, 4ER, 4BB, K, Starter: Kyle Haverty: 4IP, 3H, ER, 5BB, 2K, Cody Starcher: 2IP, 9H, 10R, 8ER, BB.
Beverly/Lowell (30-4) Top Hitters: Wes Hatfield: 3-4, 4R, RBI, 2B, SB, Tyler Proctor: 3-5, R, 4RBI, 2SB, Eli Lenington: 2-4, 2R, 3RBI, 3B, Landon Kern: 2-3, 2B, SB, Nick Spurr: 2-3, 2B, RBI, Tim Grosel: 1-4, 2R, 2 2B, 3B, SB, Gunnar Smith: 1-1, R, RBI, Justin Futrell: 1-1, R, RBI, Jordan Satterfield: 1-5, R, RBI, SB, Clay Ullman: 1-7, Jake Ullman: 0-3, 3R, Austin Campbell: 0-1, 2R, 2SB.
Parkersburg (25-4) Top Hitters: Brett Burns: 3-4, 3R, RBI, 2B, Jordan Braniff: 2-3, 2RBI, Josh Wine: 1-4, 2R, SB Clay Walters: 1-5, R, Zane Marchal 1-3, RBI, Anthony Kist: 1-1, RBI, Jonathon Murphy: 1-3, Jacob Wilcox: 0-2, R, RBI, SB.
Next Game: Beverly/Lowell: Friday, Home vs. Tuscarawas (6pm), Parkersburg: Saturday at Moundsville, DH (1 PM).
Beverly/Lowell got on the board in the top of the second without the aid of a base hit as Parkersburg starting pitcher Kyle Haverty walked a pair of hitters and hit another to make it a 2-1 game.
Parkersburg got that run back in the top of the third when Walters singled, moved to third on a Burns single and scored on another clutch two out base hit by Braniff.
Engle elected to replace Duffy on the mound with Marietta's Ben Barnas and the right hander struck out Dustin Helmic to end the inning and leave the base runners stranded.
Parkersburg head coach Jim Goodwin had planned to use several pitchers on the day with the temperatures hovering in the mid 90s and he stuck to his guns as he replaced Haverty on the mound after four solid innings.
Goodwin brought Jacob Braniff in to pitch in the fifth inning and after he walked catcher Landon Kern to start the inning, he got right fielder Clay Ullman to ground in to a double play and it appeared he would get out of the inning without allowing a run.
Beverly/Lowell had a totally different idea however and after Jake Ullman drew the second walk of the inning, back-to-back RBI doubles by Wes Hatfield and Nick Spurr tied the game at 3-3.
B/L would take it's first lead of the game in the top of the sixth when Tim Grosel walked, stole second, and scored on an a run scoring single to right field by Tyler Proctor to make it 4-3.
Post 389/750 added to that lead in the top of the seventh when Eli Lenington's drive to right field was misplayed by right fielder Damon Ribeiro, allowing a pair of runners to score and Grosel followed with a perfectly placed bunt to score Lenington and make it a 7-3 game.
Barnas was cruising along heading to the last of the seventh, allowing no runs in three and a third innings of relief, but was unable to capitalize on the four- run lead as Parkersburg climbed right back into the contest.
Wine got things started with a single and one out later three consecutive base-on-balls produced the fourth run of the game for Parkersburg and also meant the end of the day for Barnas.
Engle elected to replace Barnas on the mound with Kordell Antill with the base loaded and only one out setting up what would prove to be the key play of the game and possibly the season for Parkersburg.
Jordan Braniff hit Antill's first pitch sharply to third and Proctor quickly fired home for the force out.
Kern's throw to first base to try for the double play bounced away from Lenington and the hustling Braniff stepped on the loose ball and immediately fell to the ground in pain.
The fifth run of the game crossed the plate on the play but Parkersburg may well have lost Braniff for the season in what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.
"He's our No. 1 catcher and does a great job for us," said Goodwin. "He will be tough to replace if we have to."
Goodwin brought in Cody Starcher to start the eighth inning and Beverly/ Lowell wasted little time jumping on him.
Hatfield got the inning started with a single and scored on an RBI single by Jordan Satterfield.
Lenington and Grosel followed with back-to-back triples and a sacrifice fly by Proctor made it 12-5.
Beverly/Lowell added five more runs in the top of the ninth on run scoring pinch hit singles by Gunnar Smith and Justin Futrell to make it 14-5.
Two outs later, Proctor followed with a two-run single, his third and fourth runs batted in on the day, and his 62nd of the season, and Kern followed with a double to right to make it 17-5.
Parkersburg touched up Antill for a pair of runs in the last of the ninth on RBI hits by Burns and Anthony Kist .Barnas picked up his eighth win of the season while Antill notched his first save.
B/L will return to action at home Friday evening against Tuscarawas, while Parkersburg will travel to Moundsville Saturday for a doubleheader.