MARTINS FERRY- Anthony Reasbeck still firmly believes his Martins Ferry baseball team has a chance to be one of the area's better teams before the season's over.
His Purple Riders are driving that point home with their play of late.
Behind solid pitching from Seth Scott, the Purple Riders (8-6) handed slumping St. Clairsvlle a 6-0 setback Monday afternoon.
"I know we haven't shown it at times, but I still think we can be a good baseball team," Reasbeck said. "We can be dangerous. I say that, and we could go out (Tuesday) and get whooped because I've seen it a thousand times, but the pieces are there if we can avoid being so Jeckyll and Hyde."
Scott put forth the kind of outing for the Riders that Reasbeck had been expecting after he had been roughed up in his last three outings.
"We were waiting for the kind of effort he gave us tonight," Reasbeck said. "His last three outings weren't Seth Scott like. Seth's a competitor, who battles like crazy and he was a bulldog again tonight."
Scott sat down 10 Red Devils via the strikeout. He did struggle to a degree with his command. His pitch count was climbing and he worked late into the count with several hitters. He, however, benefitted from solid defense, which committed just one error.
"He got into some jams, but he worked his way out," Reasbeck said. "The key that he didn't walk a guy and then give up a hit. He would get the next guy out, which was big."
St. Clairsville was limited to three scattered singles and had just two runners get to third base during the game. All told, the Red Devils (5-4) had just five runners get into scoring position.
"We're struggling at the plate," said St. C. head coach Tom Sliva. "There are a lot of things that we have to do better and that includes doing a better job of coaching them up, I guess. I am not happy with our approach, the results and there are just a lot of things we need to fix."
With Scott in the groove, the Riders didn't much offense. They struck three times in the second and added three more in the third.