RICHMOND - The Edison Wildcats rode the arm of senior hurler Nolan Marcus to an 8-0 victory over Martins Ferry Wednesday to move to 3-0 on the season.
Marcus fanned 10 Purple Riders and surrendered just four hits on his way to the complete game victory. He also helped his own cause at the plate with a pair of singles, an RBI and two runs scored.
"He's a competitor," said Edison head coach Mike Collopy. "He doesn't get rattled with guys on. That's what you want out of your best pitcher, to be able to pitch in any situation. He executed, he was patient, coach (Jim) Marcus did an excellent job of calling pitches again, and we'll take it."
With the Wildcats leading 2-0 Dylan Jones broke things open with a two-run triple. He then scored on a wild pitch to give his squad a 5-0 lead and Edison cruised from there.
"They hit," said Martins Ferry head coach Anthony Reasbeck. "That's what Edison has been doing for about 20 years. They hit. They outhit us, they outpitched us, they outfielded us, and the score reflects that."
Marcus scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to make it 6-0 and in the sixth he and Josh Pasek each connected for run-scoring singles to make the score 8-0.
Storm Allese contributed a pair of singles, with an RBI in the second while Collin Scott had an RBI single in the third.
"We did a good job of hitting with guys on base," said Collopy. "I believe all our runs came off of two-out RBIs. The guys did a good job of sticking to the process. Nolan pitched a good game, he got ahead of hitters, and our guys made routine plays behind him."
Robert Vargo and Marcus Sutton each had a single for Martins Ferry. The Purple Riders had second and third with no outs in the top of the sixth, but were shut down by Marcus who struck out three of the next four batters to end the threat.
"That's two nights in a row now that we left a small village on the base paths," said Reasbeck. "I don't know if that's a positive or a negative because we're getting people on base. It shows we have potential, but we have to start knocking them in or we're not going to win.
"It's baseball. Same thing I said last night. It's baseball. We're doing the first part; we're getting them out there. Now we have to start getting them in."
Edison 8, Martins Ferry 0
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Edison 011 312 x 8 10 1
MARTINS FERRY: Scott (LP, 4K, 1BB), B. Baire (5th, 1K, 1BB) and Trudo. Sutton S; Vargo S; Jacob S; Plants S.
EDISON (3-0): Marcus (WP, 10K, 2BB) and Skeeles. Jones T, 2RBI, 2R; Pasek 2S, RBI; Marcus 2S, RBI, 2R; Scott S, RBI; Evans S, R; Allese 2S, RBI, R; Skeeles S, R; Dillon R.