MARTINS FERRY - For the second time in three days, Buckeye Local has defeated Martins Ferry on the baseball diamond.
Wednesday afternoon high atop the Purple City, the Panthers' Austin Marshall was a thorn in the hosts (1-2) side. The senior struck out a dozen in scattering five singles and issuing just one free pass in a 12-2 triumph.
In addition, Marshall drove in a run with a pair of singles and a triple as Buckeye Local (3-2) completed the sweep of their Buckeye 8 rival. The Panthers prevailed, 8-6, on Monday in Connorville.
BUCKEYE LOCAL first baseman Josh Figurski, left, applies a pickoff tag to Martins Ferry’s Michael Oberdick during Wednesday afternoon’s action high atop the Purple City. The Panthers won, 12-2.
"That's two conference wins," first-year Buckeye Local head coach Rick DeLuca said. "That's a pretty good start."
With Marshall keeping Martins Ferry's hitters off balance by mixing his pitches better than Betty Crocker, the Panthers rewarded him by tallying eight times in the third inning when they sent 12 batters to the plate.
Shane Duncan highlighted the uprising with a 2-run single, while Marshall singled and tripled in two at-bats in the frame. Buckeye Local took advantage of four base-on-balls and a trio of Martins Ferry errors in that inning alone.
"We don't have any starting pitching right now," Martins Ferry head coach Anthony Reasbeck said after watching four hurlers combine for a dozen walks. "If we don't find some soon, there's going to be a lot of nights like this."
With an 8-0 cushion, Marshall was as steady as a rock. He was nearly perfect through the first 3 innings as he whiffed eight of the first 10 Purple Riders he faced, including the side in the third. He lost his no-hit bid when Michael Oberdick lined a solid single to right with two outs in the second. However, he was promptly picked off.
"Austin was solid today," DeLuca praised. "He was the one that pulled us through in the second game at Oak Glen over the weekend. He's been our ace thus far."
With Marshall doing the work with his arm and bat, teammate Chase Hopkins joined in with three singles and a double from his leadoff spot.
"Chase is hitting the ball a ton," DeLuca added. "He's a great leadoff hitter."
Seven different Panthers charted a run batted in.
The lone RBI for Martins Ferry came off the bat of Tyler Lanum.
Martins Ferry 12, Meadowbrook 2
AT Byesville, the Purple Riders collected their victory Tuesday night as eight different players had runs batted in.
Zac Coole led the way with a single a three RBI, while Ethan Baire and had a single and two ribbies. Jeremy Plants had two singles and an RBI.
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Batteries: Marshall and Williams. Oberdick, Lloyd (3), E. Baire (6), Waleski (7) and Scott
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