PARKERSBURG, W. Va. — The Pomeroy Post 39 American Legion baseball team opened its season on Sunday, and split a non-league doubleheader at Parkersburg Post 15.
On the strength of a complete-game shutout by right-handed pitcher Cameron Mattox, the Post 39 unit captured a 9-0 win in the opener.
In the nightcap, Parkersburg scored seven of its 10 runs in its final two at-bats, as Post 15 gained a 10-4 triumph for the split at Bennett Stump Field in Parkersburg.
In the first game, Post 39 scored twice in innings one, two and seven — sandwiched around single points in the third, fourth and fifth frames.
Mattox — the former Meigs High School standout — made the most of his summer debut, going the distance in blanking Post 15.
In fact, the only Post 15 baserunner through the opening six innings was Nicholas Wright, who walked with one out in the second.
Mattox didn’t allow a hit until the seventh stanza — and with Post 39 in command 9-0.
Joe Riley singled to lead off, then Wright singled with two outs.
Otherwise, Mattox was simply masterful, retiring Post 15 1-2-3 in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
He faced four batters in the second and finally five in the seventh, and struck out five along the way, including a pair in the sixth.
Post 39 hammered out 11 hits against Parkersburg pitching, including four singles by Christian Speelman.
Speelman also batted in three runs.
Kaileb Sheets added a single and double and scored three runs, as Trey Pickens posted a pair of singles.
Billy Harmon in the first, Dylan Smith in the second and Jensen Anderson in the sixth accounted for the other three hits.
Pickens and Speelman scored twice, as Mattox scored in the second before Blake Johnson crossed in the third to make it 5-0.
Post 39 also took advantage of early walks, as Post 15 starter Jordan Batten walked seven in the opening two and one-thirds innings.
Speelman, in the opening inning, singled and then stole second and third — and eventually scored the only run Post 39 needed for the win.
In the second game, Pomeroy plated single runs in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings in the loss.
The St. Marys outfield duo of Ty Flowers and Michael Fox forged a combined five hits, five runs and four RBIs as Post 15 won 10-4.
Post 39 led 1-0 — and tied the contest twice at 2-2 in the third and finally 3-3 in the fifth.
Sheets pitched the first four innings for Post 39, but was chased following three consecutive hits and two runs in the bottom half.
He scored the third and fifth-inning runs for Post 39, as Speelman scored the opening point and Greg Priddy the final marker in the sixth.
Sheets singled and doubled again in game two, while Harmon had a pair of singles.
Post 15’s Zach Van Camp pitched a complete game for the winners with four walks.
The twinbill also marked the season opener for Post 15.
Post 39 returns to the road, and returns to action tonight (Thursday, June 9), at Athens Post 21.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Ed Rannow Field in The Plains.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106