Marcus pitches Richmond past Weirton

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Nolan Marcus outdueled Mario Lombardi.

Led by a strong outing by Marcus, the Richmond Post 740 baseball team defeated Weirton Post 10, 3-1, Thursday evening at home.

Marcus struck out 14 batters without issuing a walk while Lombardi delivered four strikeouts and three walks.

“It was a well-pitched game, and a well-played game,” Richmond (8-12) head coach Sam Davis said. “Due to the weather and other things, Nolan hasn’t started in a while. I was a little worried about that, but he gave us a strong effort.

“He was really sharp. He had command of his pitchers. If he pitches like that, and we play good defense behind him, we have a chance to win every game he starts.”

Each team had six hits.

“Both pitchers pitched very well,” Weirton (6-3) head coach Bill Magnone said. “Their pitcher pitched a heck of a game. He kept us off-balance.

“Mario has pitched for us a few times. Every game he has pitched, he has pitched well. We just did not give him enough support.”

Both pitchers helped themselves in the field and at the plate. Lombardi recorded two assists, while Marcus had one. Offensively, Marcus singled, while Lombardi delivered a, run-scoring single to produce the lone run of the game for Post 10.

Also for Richmond at the plate, Tanner Wise tallied two base hits, Collin Scott and Collin Skeeles each collected a single and an RBI and Tanner Evans ended up with a base hit. Finally, Austin Horan added an RBI.

For Weirton at the plate, Mitch Viakley and Dom Sylvestri each collected a double, while Patrick Reardon, Will Bowser and Matt Cessna all singled.

Post 10 struggled at the plate against Marcus. Five of the nine batters struck out twice in the game.

Post 740 plated a run in the bottom of the first inning to take the early advantage.

Wise led off the game with a base hit, and Marcus followed with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Krantz, Horan plated Wise with a groundout to make the score 1-0.

Richmond added to its lead in the fourth. With two outs, Scott and Evans singled, and Skeeles singled home Scott on a ball hit just past the mound to increase Post 740’s lead to 2-0.

Post 10 plated a run in the fifth to cut its deficit in half. Sylvestri started the inning with a double to left field, and after a groundout to first, Lombardi plated his catcher with a single to the gap between shortstop and third base to make the score, 2-1.

Richmond answered right back in the home half of the inning to regain its two-run advantage.

Nick Sinicropi drew a walk to start the inning, and Wise and Marcus reached on infield singles to load the bases, but Wise ended up being doubled off at second after Krantz lined out to short.

With two outs, Horan walked, and Scott plated a run when he was hit by a pitch plating Sinicropi increasing Richmond’s lead to 3-1.

“We had a few miscues in the infield,” Magnone said. “We missed a few balls we normally get.”

For Post 740, a little small ball helped them break out of a rough patch they were in in the last few games.

“Sometimes, we have to play a little small ball,” Davis said. “Sometimes, we need to bunt and move runners up whatever we can depending on the situation. We did that today. We were able to get some bunts down. We executed today.”

This was the second scheduled meeting between the two teams this season.

The first meeting was called off in the third inning due to rain back on June 4 at Ed Bowman Field in Weirton.

The weather was not an issue Thursday.

“It is nice to be outside playing and not have to worry about the rain,” Magnone said.

Both teams are scheduled to return to the field today.

Richmond is scheduled to play doubleheaders today and Saturday in a tournament at Coshocton. Richmond is scheduled to play Tuscarawas County at 4:30 p.m. and then play Sandusky. Richmond is slated to play Coshocton at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by a game against Cambridge. Depending on what happens, Richmond may also play in the tournament Sunday.

Weirton is scheduled to play against Toronto at 7 p.m. at home.