Barton routs Maynard, 15-0
MAYNARD — Lacing up the cleats for a fourth straight day, Barton showed no signs of fatigue Friday night in a 15-0 pounding of Maynard (5-11) in Ohio Valley Baseball League action on the sun-splashed Community Park diamond.
The Braves (11-5) collected 16 base hits and broke open a 2-0 game with four runs in the top of the fourth, then added four more in the sixth and five in the seventh to complete the rout.
“We’re starting to hit the ball. Playing four days in a row against live pitching has really helped too,” Barton manager Billy Timko said. “We’re getting ready for the playoff run.”
The OVBL regular season ends Monday with makeup games. The playoffs begin Thursday at the top two seeds. Game 2 in each best-of-3 series is Friday at the lower seeds. Should a Game 3 be needed, if would be played Sunday at 1 p.m.
Every Barton starter recorded at least one hit and every starter picked up an RBI with the exception of one. Kaden Blomquist paced the offensive outburst with a pair of doubles and a single that produced two runs. Eli Petho, Bailey McGrath, Anthony Zorne and Tanner Werkmann each had a pair of safeties, with McGrath having a single and double.
“Kaden is really starting to hit the ball the way we know he can,” Timko added. “He’s been on fire of late. I hope he continues it through the playoffs.”
The beneficiary of the offensive explosion was Tyler Blomquist. The righthander worked the first six innings, striking out 10, walking two and scattering three singles. He threw 104 pitches, of which 64 went for strikes. At one point, he retired 11 out of 12 straight batters he faced. Petho closed out with a perfect seventh. He fanned two.
Moundsville 11, Weirton 5
AT GLEN DALE, the Expos (9-7) scored five times in each of the first two innings in rolling past the visiting Bobcats (5-11) on the John Marshall High School diamond.
Trin Scott singled three times and drove in a run for the winners. Garrett Scott also laced a trio of base hits, while player/manager Matt Carnahan homered for the seventh time this season, driving in two runs.