A spectacular season for the Marietta School Pioneers got here to a disappointing finish Sunday afternoon within the Division III regional event at Don and Sue Schaly Stadium at Pioneer Park.
The Pioneers opened the day by rallying from three runs down late to down Penn State Behrend 7-3 to advance to the evenings championship sport in opposition to top-seeded Rowan.
Marietta additionally managed a late rally in opposition to the Profs however have been unable to complete within the second sport of the day as Rowan got here up with a 9-8 win in 10 innings to advance to DIII School World Collection.
The Pioneers discovered themselves trailing 3-0 heading to the final of the sixth inning whereas additionally failing to attain a single run in 16 consecutive innings.
That every one modified within the sixth as Marietta scored thrice to tie the rating.
A single by Trent Fortress plated the primary run and later within the inning an RBI-double by Drew Wilkinson tied the rating at 3-3.
Marietta took the lead within the backside of the seventh when Trent Valentine clubbed his first collegiate house run, an extended two-run shot contained in the foul pole in proper discipline for a 5-3 Marietta lead.
Marietta Excessive Faculty grad Isaac Danford stored the Pioneers within the sport with 5 innings of one-run reduction earlier than Sam Mathews took over on the hill within the sixth.
The Pios acquired some insurance coverage within the backside of the eighth on a two-run double by Damian Yenzi and Mathews retired the ultimate seven hitters he confronted to safe the win and ship MC up in opposition to Rowan who had defeated them 2-0 on Saturday.
Issues began properly for Marietta as Logan Vietmeier slammed a two-run house run within the backside of the primary to present them the early lead.
The Profs answered with a four-spot within the high of the second however Marietta scored thrice of their half of the second to re-take a 5-3 lead.
Turner Hill delivered the massive blow with a two-out, two run single and Yenzi’s two-bagger put them again in entrance by a run.
Rowan jumped again in entrance within the sixth on RBI hits by Jared Marks and Ryan McIsaac after which prolonged that lead within the subsequent inning on a two-run homer off the bat of Eric DiDomenico.
Marietta got here up empty within the final of the seventh however rallied to tie the rating with three within the backside of the eighth.
Hill acquired issues began with a double, his fourth hit of the sport and Yenzi adopted by drawing a base on balls.
Hill got here into rating on a fielders alternative and Valentine delivered the second run of the inning with an RBI-double down the fitting discipline line.
Trent Fortress introduced within the tying run the arduous means as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to tie the sport at 8-8.
Mathews entered the sport on the mound for Marietta and managed to carry the Profs scoreless within the high of the ninth however the Pioneers have been unable to dent the plate both of their half of the ninth in opposition to Rowan nearer Zach Listro.
The Profs managed to grind out a run in opposition to Mathews within the high of the tenth with out getting a ball out of the infield as Marks led off with an infield single, moved to second on the mixture of a sacrifice bunt and the lone Pioneer fielding error of the day earlier than scoring the go-ahead run on a floor out by third baseman Victor Cruz.
The Pioneers have been unable to get something going in any respect in opposition to Listro within the final of the tenth and Rowan held on for the arduous fought win.
Whereas Rowan (29-4) advances to the School World Collection for the primary time since 2006, the Pioneers spectacular season involves an finish with a 38-6 mark.
“Clearly dissatisfied however tremendous pleased with this group and every part they’ve achieved,” mentioned Marietta head coach Brian Brewer. “They’ve gotten us again to the place we must be and that’s competing on a nationwide stage.”
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