Prep baseball: Cadets defeat Bobcats

The Fort Frye Cadets kicked off the 2014 season with a 6-4 victory over Cambridge Monday.

The Cadets jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings and survived a fifth inning rally by the Bobcats to hang on for the win.

Colten Shuster and Brad Martin pitched three innings apiece for Fort Frye. Shuster was credited with the win, allowing one run on three hits and striking out two.

Shuster also went 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in three more. He also stole three bases. Chandler Lang added two base hits for the Cadets while Martin drove in a pair of runs on one hit. Derek Layton recorded Fort Frye’s only other base knock.

Alexander 7, Marietta 2

The Marietta Tigers dropped their season-opener Monday, falling 7-2 to Alexander.

Marietta scored a run in the second inning to tie the game up at 1-all, but the Spartans answered with the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the frame. Alexander added three insurance runs in the third and two more in the fifth to go up by six. The Tigers managed a run in the seventh to fill out the score, but it was the Spartans that prevailed.

Zac Smith pitched 6.1 innings, striking out two and walking five, to earn the victory. Smith also went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI, while Brody McGrath and Blake Linder added two hits apiece.

Zach Robinson suffered the loss on the mound, lasting 2.1 innings while striking out one and walking two. Isaac Danford was Marietta’s leading hitter, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in.

Marietta’s home opener will take place tonight against Morgan at Legion Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Shenandoah 12, Frontier 2

The Frontier Cougars remain in search of the first win of the season as they fell 12-2 to Shenandoah Monday.

The Cougars scored both their runs in the top of the first to take the early lead, but the Zeps answered with five runs in the first two innings to go ahead by three.

Shenandoah added a run in the fourth and five in the fifth to take an 11-2 lead. The Zeps added the final run in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the mercy rule.

Jordan Spence went the distance to earn the mound victory. Ryan Lovette and Jacob Rossiter each collected three base hits to lead Shenandoah.

Robert Valentine surrendered eight runs in 4.1 innings pitched to take the loss. Wyatt Smitley was Frontier’s leading hitter, going 2-for-3 with a double.

The Cougars will look to rebound Wednesday when they play at Cameron (W. Va.) at 5 p.m.