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Barton’s late attack has the upper hand over Maynard |  News, sports, jobs

Barton’s late attack has the upper hand over Maynard | News, sports, jobs

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Barton’s Colton Coss tries to turn a double play in Ohio Valley Baseball League action Wednesday night as Maynard’s Hunter Westlake slides in. Barton scored four times in the top of the eighth for an 11-7 victory.

MAYNARD – Barton used some drama in the late game against Belmont County rival Maynad in Ohio Valley Baseball League action on Wednesday night.

The visiting Braves (6-5) scored one run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game and then scored four runs in the eighth for an 11-7 victory over the Indians (6-3) on sun-drenched Firemen’s Field. within the community park.

“We hit the ball really well today… really well,” Barton manager Billy Timko said. “The guys are hitting the ball and what do they say, ‘Good hitting beats good pitching.’”

Maynard scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7–6 lead, but Barton tied the game when Dom Gorence singled up the middle with one out in the seventh. The single drove home Jake Winland, who had led off the inning with a single to right. Winland moved to second on a Ben Wach sacrifice – one of three that night for the recent Shadyside graduate. After Colton Coss walked, Gorence took a throw from Mackenzie Koehler back through the box.

The Indians threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Eric Banal singled to left with one out. He took second on an errant pickoff attempt and then stole third with one out. However, Winland struck out back-to-back and escaped unscathed.

Barton sent nine Braves to bat in the eighth, four of which scored on just two hits.

With one out and Kaden Blomquist on first base, Luke Marsh hit a line drive double to the right corner. Zac Taylor was walked intentionally to load the bases and Will Morrow singled to right-center, scoring Blomquist and Marsh for a 9-7 lead. Aaron Marovich was hit with a pitch to load the bases again, then Taylor crossed on an error. Wach drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly to center.

Coss, the third Barton pitcher of the game, allowed an infield single to Matthew Busby to lead off the eighth, but then retired the next three Indians to close the door.

“We gave them that game completely. We beat ourselves,” Maynard manager David Vicker said. “I’d rather lose to them now than in the play-offs.”

The win was Barton’s first in three tries against Maynard this season. They will meet twice more in the regular season, on consecutive Sundays (June 23 and 30) in Maynard and Barton respectively.

Morrow, a junior-to-be at West Liberty from South Side Beaver High School, went 4-for-5 at the plate with three singles, a double and four RBI.

“He’s a pitcher at West Liberty, so they don’t let him hit, but he came through for us tonight,” Timko said of the Hookstown, Pennsylvania, native. “He did a good job on the mound…probably played one more inning than he should have.”

The right-hander struck out six and walked two in four innings. Winland worked the fifth and sixth with a pair of Ks and a trio of walks. Coss, the winner, pitched two innings with two strikeouts and no base-on-balls.

All nine starters for Barton had at least one hit. The Braves had a dozen total, four of which were doubles.

Tyler Ramsay drove in four runs for Maynard with a double, home run and fielder’s choice. Hunter Westlake singled twice and drove in a run, while Mason Ramsay doubled and had two RBI.

Maynard welcomes Martins Ferry on Friday, while Barton is inactive until Monday when Martins Ferry visits Crescent.

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