ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Barnesville and St. Clairsville treated the fans to some bonus baseball here Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Park.
The Shamrocks (12-11) pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a hard-earned, 5-3, triumph over the host Red Devils (8-14).
"We were 3-9 at one point and we had a couple of seniors who really stepped up and took it upon themselves to get the team going in the right direction," Barnesville head coach D.J. Butler said. "The younger guys have started playing a lot better, and we're where we are right now."
ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S Turner Provost slides into second base safely as Barnesville
shortstop Dylan MacMillan applies the tag during Tuesday’s action at Memorial Park in St. Clairsville. The Shamrocks won, 5-3, in eight innings.
Deadlocked at three after the regulation seven innings, Dylan MacMillan, one of those seniors Butler was referring to, beat out an infield single to the right side with one out. He moved up a base on a wild pitch and, after David Brown walked, an errant pickoff attempt sent MacMillan racing to third. Colton Pritchard lined the first pitch that he saw into centerfield, but Malik Gummer was there to snag it. MacMillan tagged and easily beat the throw home for the go-ahead, and eventual game-winning, run.
Brown went to second on a wild pitch and was lifted for pinch runner Justin Grear. Bret Crum walked and Mitchell Wells' looping single into shallow leftfield chased home Grear with an insurance marker.
"Dylan is one of those seniors that took it upon themselves to get us on this stretch," Butler praised.
Wells, who came on to relieve David Stewart in the seventh, struck out the side in the eighth to end the game.
"We've pitched well all year," Butler said. "Our defense was shaky at first, but we've been playing well.
"David and Mitchell did a good job for us today. They've both pitched well all season, but Mitchell hasn't had much luck in some games, so this was good for him to get the win today," Butler added.
St. Clairsville veteran head coach Tom Sliva praised the Shamrocks for their performance.
"Give them credit. They played well," he said. "It was a good game all the way around. Their pitcher's pitched well and kept us off balance. We had a hard time stringing two or three hits together. We had a hard time squaring up on the ball today."
The Red Devils took the early lead when Gummer opened the bottom of the first with a line drive single to left. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and took third on Lewis Mitchell's bloop single down the leftfield line. Turner Provost's flyball to left easily scored Gummer with the game's first tally.
It remained that way until the third when both teams dented home plate.
Barnesville scored twice as MacMillan singled sharply to center with one out and went to second on a wild pitch. David Brown's rocket to left-center plated MacMillan, and Brown, after going to third on another wild pitch, would score on the first of Pritchard's two sacrifice flies for a 2-1 reading.
St. Clairsville answered with a pair of its own in the bottom of the frame. With Provost on second with two outs, Michael "Zuke" Jacob's chopper down the first base line deflected off the bag and trickled down the line as Provost darted home. Andrew Hayes followed with a single up the middle as Jacob scooted to third. Dylan Busby's bouncer off the glove of Stewart resulted in an infield single as Jacob crossed the dish.
The Shamrocks drew even in the fourth when Colin Wilson walked with the bases loaded. Stewart and Jacob Keiser drew back-to-back leadoff walks and Auston Hannahs' infield grounder was bobbled to load the sacks.
St. Clairsville remains at home to to host East Liverpool. Barnesville hosts Union Local.
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Batteries: Stewart, M. Wells (7) and Hannahs, Brown (3). Carrothers, R. Busby (6) and Slavik
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