Monarchs Upend Dragons

GLEN DALE – It doesn’t take much to change the complexion of a game. Stuff like loading the bases with nobody out and not scoring in the top of the first will get you every time.

The Cameron baseball team suffered that fate Wednesday at Monarch Field, where host John Marshall, and in particular starting pitcher Logan Patrick, got through that scenario unscathed.

Patrick settled down to allow two runs on six hits while striking out six, as the Monarchs (13-14) handed the Dragons (14-12) an 8-2 setback.

It was a tough pill to swallow for Cameron coach Eric James, who watched his young club strand six runners, including three in that prophetic first. After the initial three batters reached, Patrick struck out the next two and induced a comebacker to the mound.

”When you get the bases loaded, regardless of how experienced your team is, you’ve got to be licking your chops and going in there to attack the baseball,” James said. ”Unfortunately we didn’t do that.

”In the game of baseball, in athletics in general, you’ve got to have an attacking mentality. You’ve got to be like a shark – when there’s blood in the water, you’ve got to have a feeding frenzy, and we didn’t do that.”

The Monarchs, too, were not immune in a game where, for the most part, getting hits with runners in scoring position was about as easy as solving a Rubik’s Cube in 30 seconds or less. The difference though, was John Marshall was able to string together just enough to get it done.

A leadoff walk to Aaron Fonner in the second ultimately produced the game’s first run when Jimmy Henderson scored him on a sacrifice fly. Griffin Yocum produced two more with a bases-loaded single in the third, and Wyatt Persinger’s single in the fourth brought in two more.

In between, the Dragons tallied the first of their two runs on a Jimmy Higginson sacrifice fly.

”That was big for Logan,” John Marshall coach Bob Montgomery said of escaping the first. ”It’s two Marshall County Schools – Small School, Big School – and they’re looking for some life.

”We’re not too bad right now. We’re not out of the woods and we’re not a favorite.”

The big blow came in the sixth as a one-out single by Fonner ignited a three-run uprising that put things out of reach. Yocum doubled in a run and Chris Riggs, a fifth-inning replacement in right field, doubled into the left-field corner to plate two more and make it 8-1 Monarchs.

Cameron tacked one on in the top of the seventh when leadoff man Austin McDonald, who had three of his team’s six hits, singled in Cole Cottrell.

”We came in and everyone knew we’re not as good as we normally are,” Montgomery said. ”We stumbled there pretty good – it was like they were putting a little more pressure on themselves. But we’re a lot better now than we were in the beginning of April.

”We’ve been trying to find pitching, and it’s just all of us trying to help each other out along the way.”

For the Dragons, great things could be on the immediate horizon for a team that started a pair of freshmen, five sophomores and two juniors. There’s not a senior to be found.

”Hopefully this will be a bit of a confidence booster for us, in the fact that we came down and played a big school for four or five innings and made it interesting,” James said. ”I honestly think the kids were overcome with the fact they were playing John Marshall. Ability-wise we’re probably about equal to what they are.

”So like I explained to the kids before the game, we’re not young anymore. We’re experienced ballplayers when we take the field, and we have to treat the situation as such.”

Wheeling Park 9

Oak Glen 4

NEW MANCHESTER – Kyle Fitzpatrick belted a grand slam and Wheeling Park scored eight runs in the final three innings to rally past Oak Glen.

It was the 100th victory for Patriots coach Chad Stout and his current staff.

Corey Walter added three singles for Wheeling Park (15-11), while Chris King had two doubles, a single and an RBI.

Kyle Koper laced two singles for the Golden Bears.

Indian Creek 9, Weir 5

MINGO JUNCTION – Michael Wayt slapped two singles, a double and drove in three as Indian Creek topped Weir.

Adam Young, Alan Hastwell and RJ Barnett all had two hits for the Redskins (15-11).

Reuben Pine and Chad Ford each doubled, singled and knocked in two for the Red Riders.

Union Local 5

Barnesville 4

MORRISTOWN – Union Local scored two runs in the seventh to rally past Barnesville.

Darby Waller laced two triples, a single and knocked in three for the Jets (17-5), while Michael Michelli doubled and singled, and Ethan Tobin had two singles.

Braughn McLaughlin doubled, singled and plated a run for the Shamrocks.

Magnolia 10, Tyler 0

NEW MARTINSVILLE – Kyle Elliott tossed a two-hitter, striking out seven and walking one, as Magnolia blanked Tyler Consolidated.

Mason Rine and Elliott each had two hits for the Blue Eagles (19-4).

Toronto 19, Bridgeport 1

BRIDGEPORT – Toronto exploded for 13 runs in the first inning en route to crushing Bridgeport. Mike Garman drove in four for the Red Knights (21-3) and doubled and singled.

Chase Takacs added three hits and three RBI.

Chris Pritchett laced two singles for the Bulldogs.

Steubenville 18

Buckeye Local 0

STEUBENVILLE – Steubenville scored 11 runs in the second inning and pounded out 12 hits in blanking Buckeye Local.

Caleb Westlake had two doubles, two singles and three RBI for Big Red, while Jordan banks had two doubles and two RBI and Anthony Pierro laced a triple, single and drove in three.