CRESCENT — Defending Ohio Valley Baseball League champion Barton has been enjoying in a funk thus far this summer season. Tuesday night time was no exception, however the finish result’s all veteran supervisor Billy Timko cares about.
No-hit for 5 innings, the Braves (4-4) recorded solely two safeties however rallied for a 3-2 victory over a much-improved Shadyside (0-12) squad on Henning Area inside Pramesa Park.
“I hope this snaps us out of this spell we’ve been in. There was no movement to the sport tonight. It was form of dry,” Timko mentioned. “We simply haven’t been hitting the ball like we’re able to, however we maintain battling and battling.
“We lucked out you can say. They (Shadyside) performed one heckuva recreation,” Timko added. “Their man pitched an important recreation. We weren’t hitting him.”
Deadlocked at two with Isaac Rine at third and two outs within the backside of the seventh, Kaden Blomquist lifted a major-league popup behind brief that fell untouched to finish the comeback from a 2-0 deficit. Rine reached second to open the inning when his flyball to proper was misplayed. He stole third with two outs.
“That’s baseball for you. Not everyone is ideal and never all the things goes your method,” Shadyside participant/assistant supervisor Collin Holmes mentioned. “That’s why you play the sport.”
Barton really trailed 2-0 coming into the underside of the sixth in opposition to former Martins Ferry product Dom Wallace. The righty struck out seven and walked 5, however solely allowed three balls to be hit out of the infield.
“My gosh,” Holmes mentioned of Wallace’s outing. “We couldn’t have requested any extra from him. We had his again the entire recreation. He was letting them hit the ball and we performed fairly good protection behind him.”
Nevertheless, Austin Bassa and Kaden Blomquist drew back-to-back walks to begin the sixth. A wild pitch superior each runners 90 toes earlier than Bailey McGrath lined a 2-2 pitch to right-center that drew the hosts even.
One other Purple Rider product, Drake Dobson, fanned 9 and didn’t stroll a batter in 4 innings on the hill for the Braves. He threw 78 pitches (52) strikes and scattered three hits.
“Drake did an excellent job and saved us within the recreation,” Timko mentioned. “Matt (Fouty) got here in and did what we requested of him.”
Fouty picked up the win with three reduction frames. He struck out 4 and yielded only one hit.
The Casketmakers took a 1-0 lead within the high of the fourth on Ryan Florence’s RBI single. They made it 2-0 two innings later when Florence drilled a double to deep heart that chased in Adam Och. It was solely the second time this season that Shadyside had the lead in a recreation.
Barton is again in motion tonight at Weirton in a re-match of final 12 months’s championship collection. First pitch is at 6 on Edwin J. Bowman Area. Shadyside is idle till Friday when it travels to Moundsville to face the first-place Expos.