By RICK THORP
For the News-Register
MARTINS FERRY - Even though they picked up their diplomas a few weeks ago, Robert Vargo and Seth Scott continue to produce at their old stomping grounds.
Vargo tripled, singled and drove in two runs, and Scott also tripled and singled as Martins Ferry topped Cadiz Post 34, 9-7, Saturday afternoon for its first 19U victory in the four-day Edgar Martin Beast of the East Baseball Classic at Martins Ferry High School.
''It was good to have a few guys that have graduated come back and play,'' said Ferry coach Dave Reasbeck, subbing for head coach Anthony Reasbeck.
''Plus, we have many pieces of the nucleus that's coming back for next year playing.''
''They like being around each other. They like playing baseball.''
The Purple exploded for five third-inning runs and then held off a pesky Post 34 club that put up four runs in the bottom of the sixth before the game was stopped due to the two-hour time limit.
''We started making a game of it,'' Cadiz manager Jerry Graham said. ''They had us by six and then we brought it back to within two. If we had been able to play another inning it might have been a different outcome.''
Dustin Redish and Matt Dunfee both belted two singles for Post 34, with Dunfee, the Union Local product, driving in two runs.
Tied 1-1, Ferry scored five times in the top of the third to jump ahead 6-1.
Vargo's triple highlighted the inning, which also featured singles by Ethan Baire and Logan Bassa. Three Cadiz errors also aided The Purple's run total.
''We bounced back pretty good,'' Reasbeck said. ''(Friday) was a little rough. I mean, we hit the grind. (The Beast) is a grind. We came back (Saturday) with a lot of energy.
''This was the best game we've played.''
Gahanna bested Martins Ferry, 7-5, earlier Saturday.
Post 34, now 1-5 in the Beast, came back in the bottom of the third with a one-out triple by leadoff man Austin Marshall. He scored on a groundout to short by Dustin Redish.
Ferry tacked on two more runs in the fourth.
With Brendan Baire on second with one out, Vargo singled, knocking in Baire making the score 7-2. Vargo later scored on a wild pitch, increasing the lead to 8-2.
Again, Cadiz chipped away with a run. This time it was on a single by Dustin Rath the drove in Jonathan Borkoski making the score 8-3.
Ferry eventually went ahead 9-3 before Cadiz rallied in the bottom of the sixth.
With Brennan Graves and David Brown on second and first, respectively, Griffey Girty singled, knocking in in Graves. Moments later, Marshall reached on a fielder's choice and Brown scored from third making the score 9-5.
Redish next slapped a single to center and went to second on an error. This moved Marshall to third. Dunfee followed with a two-run single that cleared the bases making the score 9-7.
At this point, Reasbeck pulled J.T. New, the former Martins Ferry pitcher who picked up the victory after fanning eight, and inserted Cade Lloyd. Lloyd got Borkoski to fly out to end the game.
''It's good to get some experience, competition and at-bats,'' Reasbeck said. ''That's the goal. To win a game is icing on the cake.''