EAST SPRINGFIELD - The weather has proven to be a thorn in the side of the local American Legion baseball teams so far this season as several games have been rained out. Tuesday evening, Richmond Post 740 and Cadiz Post 34 were happy to be able to get a game in regardless of the situation.
"It was a forfeit," Richmond head coach Sam Davis said. "They only had eight players. We get the win."
A 7-0 win in the books.
But, the teams ended up playing seven innings, and Post 740 plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally past Post 34, 5-4, at home.
Richmond is now 3-8 on the season. The loss drops Cadiz to 2-3.
"I thought we did not hit the ball well early, and that is a credit to their pitcher," Davis said. "Later on, we were able to get some timely hits, and Kram (Ryan Kramarich) threw strikes. It is good to have him back. He did a good job. We are expecting to get a lot of innings out of him this season."
Cadiz led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
"We played pretty well," Cadiz head coach Brandt Mazeroski said. "We had some starters absent because of the showcase.
"We had enough players to play. We hung in there. We just gave up some runs late. Richmond is a good team. They didn't die. They hit the ball well. They were able to get the win."
Ryan Rose took the loss. Rose struck out six and walked five.
Offensively, Cadiz outhit Richmond, 9-5, but Post 34 could not come up with enough clutch hits. The visitors were also hurt by having multiple runners thrown out on the bases.
Offensively for Post 34, Chase Hopkins contributed a single, a double and an RBI, while Dustin Rath tallied a double and an RBI.
Post 34 plated a run in the top of the first to take the early lead, but Post 740 tallied a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at 1.
The deadlock did not last long.
Cadiz scored two more runs in the top of the second to build a 3-1 lead. The visitors extended their lead to 4-1 with a run in the top of the fourth.
"Cadiz is a good hitting team," Davis said. "Storm did a good job of throwing out three or four runners today."
With the score 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Collin Scott belted a two-run home run over the fence in right to give Richmond the lead for the first time at 5-4.
"Collin had that nice home run," Davis said. "We had gotten some timely hits before that. We had some good at-bats that inning."
Storm Mohn and Tanner Wise each tallied a base hit and an RBI for Richmond.
Tanner Evans made the lead hold up as he did not allow a run in relief of Kramarich.
"We are 3-8," Davis said. "We have had trouble throwing strikes, and we have been swinging at bad pitches. Those are two areas we have been working on.
"Due to all-star games and injuries, our young guys are getting an opportunity to play. They are coming around. Tanner did a great job when he came in."
Kramarich struck out four and walked three. Evans did not record a strikeout or issue a free pass.
"We are 2-3. We have had a lot of rainouts," Mazeroksi said. "I told them this is the time you earn your reps; this is the time you earn your positions."
Both teams are scheduled to take the field again today - Cadiz hosts Toronto and Richmond visits Steubenville.
"It is supposed to rain tomorrow," Mazeroski said. "Richmond never gave up. They beat us 15-6 in the opener, and they beat us 5-4 tonight."
Richmond is looking to build off the win as Post 740 heads into the remainder of its schedule.
"Every night is tough," Davis said. "With the type of team we have this season, every game is going to be tough. That is fine. We have had some kids step up. That is good for us. That is good for us for next year. It is our job to get the younger players ready for high school and to get the older guys ready for college."