PARKERSBURG - Host Parkersburg Post 15 scored the first four runs, but no more as Cambridge Post 84 tallied the final seven runs en route to a 7-4 American Legion baseball victory in the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday night at Bennett Stump Field in Parkersburg City Park.
The first-game loss denied Post 15 manager Jim Goodwin his 500th Legion coaching win as Parkersburg dropped to 8-4 on the season while Cambridge improved to 10-6.
Early on though, it looked like Post 84 starter - and eventual complete-game winner - Matt Tom wasn't going to survive very long, giving up five hits in the first inning for three runs on back-to-back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Tre Jackson, Paul Fichtelman and Austin Cottrell.
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Parkersburg American Legion Post 15 pitcher Jacob Braniff watches a pitch called a strike against Cambridge Post 84 Wednesday during the second game of their doubleheader at City Park.
But Tom weathered the storm, although surrendering another run in the second inning on Devon Crews' RBI fielder's choice to fall behind 4-0, to toss a 12-hitter while shutting out Post 15 over the last five frames, despite Parkersburg getting its leadoff man on with a single in each of those innings.
Cambridge began its comeback with a three-run third on Dillon Sunnafrank's RBI double, followed a wild pitch and a passed ball that each let in a run. Post 84 then knotted the game at 4-4 in the fourth on Ian Wildes' run-scoring single before breaking the tie with a three-run fifth on consecutive RBI hits - a triple by James Luyster and a single by Luke Larson - and Zach Roe's RBI fielder's choice.
"We looked good hitting the ball early, but not so much after that when we hit the ball hard, but just right to them," said Goodwin.
He noted, however, that his team "hadn't played for a week, so I think we were a little rusty, but we'll be alright and get better."