MARYSVILLE — The Ashley American Legion Post 518 baseball team had eight hit’s the night before against Granville, but could not string them together.
That problem disappeared Wednesday, as Post 518 had 14 hits, scored at least three runs in three different innings and recorded its second victory over Marysville’s Union Post 79A this season, this time by a 12-6 count at Marysville High School.
Ashley (8-9) had three-run innings in the first and third frames, and put up five runs in the fourth to take command. In the first, Olentangy grad Kenny McCambridge was hit by a pitch with one out and scored when Liberty grad Jimmy Waterwash doubled down the left field line.
Olentangy grad Sean Leonard walked, and Buckeye Valley’s A.J. Veach ripped a double to right center, scoring Waterwash and moving Leonard to third. Liberty grad Blake Hampshire then hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, allowing Leonard to come home.
Marysville (16-9) got two back in the bottom of the first, but Ashley rebounded again in the third. McCambridge started things again with a bunt single to third, then stole second base and came home on a Leonard single through the left side. Leonard took second on the throw home.
Veach then followed with a single to right, pushing Leonard to third, and Hampshire singled to center, scoring Leonard and moving Veach to third. Buckeye Valley grad Marcus Caplin sacrificed to first base, but Veach scored when the Marysville first baseman’s throw home sailed over the catcher’s head.
Post 79 added a run in the third inning, but Ashley took control for good in the fourth. Olentangy’s Griffin Binkley walked, took second on a passed ball and scored when Buckeye Valley’s Kyle Whetro reached on a sacrifice bunt and an error.
Gahanna Christian grad Josh Badal worked a walk, pushing Whetro to second, and Gahanna Christian grad Drew Martindale reached on another bunt single, loading the bases.
McCambridge reached on a fielder’s choice that retired Whetro at home, but Waterwash cleared the bases with a three-run double to the fence in left center, his fourth double in two games. Leonard then brought Waterwash home with a single through the left side.
Post 518 added one more run in the fifth when Binkley reached on an error, took second and third, respectively, on consecutive ground outs, and scored when Martindale reached on an infield single to third.
Marysville added a run in the bottom of the fifth and two in the seventh, but could get nothing more.
Caplin worked the first five innings and earned the win, allowing three earned runs, 11 hits and two walks with one strikeout. McCambridge pitched the last two innings, giving up two runs, two hits and two walks. The defense committed five errors, but made up for it by turning four double plays.
The top five in the Ashley order each had at least two hits, Martindale and Leonard each with three singles, Leonard adding two RBIs and Martindale one. Waterwash added his two doubles and game-high four RBIs, Veach added a double, single and one RBI, and McCambridge two singles. Hampshire and Badal also had a single each, Hampshire driving in a pair of runs in the game.
Marysville starter Ryan Longbrake took the defeat, giving up five earned runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Wes Fauver topped the Union Post 79A offense, going 4 for 4 with a triple, three singles and two RBIs.