JV baseball – Tigers take down Cadets 11-2

Thursday, 29 April 2017

The Fort Frye Cadets gather for a pre-game prayer

Beverly, Ohio – The Fort Frye Cadets (5-10) hosted the Marietta Tigers (14-4) at Cadet Stadium Thursday afternoon. Sidearming sophomore Hunter Douglas made his first start for the Cadets, but he struggled through an inning and two-thirds in an outing marred by walks.

After issuing two walks and giving up an infield single to Jackson to begin the game, Douglas walked Richards with the bases loaded to hand the Tigers their first run. Duck came up next with a line drive to center to score Moss and give MHS a two-run lead.

In the bottom half of the 1st, the Cadets couldn’t get anything going. Marietta Sophomore Kail Hill recorded ten punchouts on the afternoon, and he was dominant from the outset. Fort Frye went down in order, not giving Douglas much time to get rested after he labored through the 1st.

The Tigers played a patient game and drew four walks in the first two innings. They converted three of the four free passes into runs, and Douglas gave way to Brenden Huck. Huck recorded the third out of the inning after the first of two catcher’s interference calls against Matt Duskey, and the Tigers led 5-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd.

In the home half of the inning, Fort Frye came up with the only runs they would score on the day. Hill issued a rare walk and made an error on an easy grounder back to the mound, and Fort Frye’s Hunter Stoffel drove in two on a lazy popup to no man’s land in shallow right field to make the score 5-2 in favor of Marietta.

Huck stifled the Tigers, who couldn’t figure out his off-speed pitches. He mixed his fastballs with a steady diet of straight changeups that kept Marietta off-balance. He pitched 3-2/3 innings and was lifted after fifty pitches because the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association implemented a new pitch-count rule during the off-season.

Derek Joy is the scheduled starter for the first game of Fort Frye’s doubleheader against John Glenn High School on Saturday, but Coach Mason Lang decided to use him as a stopgap reliever to get out of the 6th. Joy didn’t enjoy the same success as Huck, though, and the Tigers played small ball to tack on two more and improve their lead to 7-2.

After the Cadets failed to get anything going in the bottom of the 6th, Joy walked Jared Hollister to lead off the 7th. Fort Frye Junior Zach Nesselroad entered to replace Joy, but he struggled to find the strike zone. He walked the first batter he faced and the Tigers took advantage of Nesselroad’s slow delivery to steal three bases on three consecutive pitches.

The Tigers would pile on four runs in their final inning at bat to take an 11-2 lead, and that’s where the score stood as Fort Frye went down in order to end the game.

The Cadets have four games left to finish the season. With a win, they had the opportunity to finish the season at .500, but the loss ensures their third consecutive losing season. Their final home game is against the Waterford Wildcats at 5:00 next Tuesday.

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