BARNESVILLE - After enduring a rough start to the season, the Barnesville High School baseball team is slowly, but surely, starting to put things together.
David Stewart tossed a complete-game seven-hitter and three players put porth multiple-hit outings Saturday as the Shamrocks took the first game of a twinbill against Buckeye Trail, 8-4, at the former ''Moose Field'' for it's first win of the season.
The good times continued as Barnesville won the second game, 12-2, behind a four-RBi performance by Jacob Keiser.
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Buckeye Trail’s Corey Gidcumb dives back to first base ahead of the catch by Barnesville first baseman Mitchell Wells during the fifth inning of Saturday’s first game. The Shamrocks won, 8-4. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
''Overall, I'm pretty happy with the performance,'' said veteran Barnesville head coach D.J. Butler, who picked up career victories 101 and 102.
The Shamrocks scored in every inning but the sixth and did all of the little things you'd like to see a baseball team do in improving to 2-3.
''We still have some things to clean up,'' Butler added. ''We had a chance to finish the game strong, but we made a few mistakes there in the seventh. But it's coming along and we're getting better.''
While Barnesville's defense continues to mature, it got plenty of help Saturday from Stewart. The senior was steady, striking out six and walking none.
''He's been pretty consistent for us for years,'' Butler said of Stewart, a senior who was 2-0 in 2013. ''he was throwing strikes and keeping the ball down so they hit ground balls. If we field it, he's going to be successful.''
The Warriors (1-5) hit into 10 groundouts in Game 1.
''He did a good job of keeping off-balance,'' Buckeye Trail head coach Mike Neuhart said.
Buckeye Trail scored twice in the second inning and twice in the seventh. In the other innings, it was held to two hits.
''We've been starting slow all year,'' Neuhart said. ''But, as the year goes along, I think we'll see improvement.''
The Warriors's two runs in the second gave them a 2-1 lead. But it was brief.
Barnesville took the lead for good at 3-2 with a two spot in its half of the inning thanks to RBI doubles by Nathan Clark and Keiser.
The Rocks added another run in the third then, in the fourth, increased their lead to 6-2 on RBI singles by Collin Wilson and Logan Schultz.
In the fifth, Brown recorded his second RBI double of the game to highlight another two-run frame that finished with the hosts leading 8-2.
Wilson and Schultz also finished with multiple hits.
A pair of Barnesville errors in the seventh helped lead to two Buckeye Trail runs. Anthony Stevens collected a pinch hit single during the frame and scored one of the runs. Timmy Perry came off the bench to score the other.
''Youth has been a factor for us all season,'' Neuhart said. Once we get more mature, we'll be fine.''