Updated Sun, Mar 30, 2014 10:27 pm
After some issues with Mother Nature on Saturday, the Marietta Pioneers returned to the field Sunday afternoon for a doubleheader against Baldwin Wallace.
The Pioneers solidified a 9-6 win in the first game, but it wasn’t until the seventh inning when the Pioneers really hit their stride.
Opportunity presented itself for Mitch Geers with the bases loaded and only one out. After Dylan Gracia was sent home on a wild pitch, Geers launched one to right field for two RBIs. The momentum kept rolling, as Chris Winpigler delivered an RBI single to bring Geers home, stretching Marietta’s lead to 9-3.
The Pioneers found success in the fifth inning as well. Christian Demko came up with a big time RBI walk to tie up the game. Zach Bukiewicz followed with a double to send two Pioneers home.
Demko and Winpigler each posted a great afternoon at plate, going 2 for 3 and 3 for 5, respectively.
The Yellow Jackets gave Marietta a run for their money early, taking a quick 3-0 lead by the second inning. Jason Byers came alive on the mound after that, deterring any more runs the rest of his time on the mound. It wasn’t until reliever Jim Luyster took the mound in the eighth inning when the Yellow Jackets found a glimmer of hope.
Baldwin Wallace knocked in one run in each of the final two innings.
With the win, Byers moves his record to 5-0 on the season.
Marietta and Baldwin Wallace both struggled to execute any offense throughout game two.
The sixth inning held most of the action for each squad. Baldwin Wallace pulled ahead in the top of the sixth to take a 2-0 lead, only to have Chris Winpigler send Zach Bukiewicz home on a sac-fly and tighten the score at 2-1.
That would sum up all of the action for the second game of the day, as the Pioneers fell short in their last shot at victory in the bottom of the ninth.
Marietta was out hit 8-4 by the Yellow Jackets, as Kevin Johnston and Tim McCoy recorded two hits each.