TORONTO - The third time proved to be the charm for the Richmond Post 740 baseball team.
Richmond led Tuscarawas County twice only to see Post 205 rally and tie the score. The Panthers, however, did not have an answer after Post 740 received a run-scoring single by Collin Scott in the top of the ninth inning as Richmond held on to defeat Tuscarawas County, 6-5, in Game 2 of the District 10 American Legion Baseball Tournament Monday night at the Knight Baseball Complex.
With the win, Richmond (10-23) will now play No. 2 seed Alliance at 5 p.m. today in the second game of a doubleheader at Vaccaro Field. Tuscarawas County drops into the loser's bracket.
Post 205 will play Wednesday against the loser of today's game between Post 33 and Post 743.
"Like I said before, I want to thank God for having the opportunity to coach these kids," Richmond head coach Sam Davis said. "I am blessed to coach them, and thankful we are able to play the game of baseball, especially in a game like this.
"It was exciting. For the most part, you don't get to take part in something with pressure like this and with the intensity in something other than sports in a tournament like this where there is finality unless you are young kid or unless you go on to play in the pros.
"It was a heck of a game. We had some things happen us to night that don't normally happen, but Ryan (Kramarich) hung tough. We lost a ball in the lights that led to two runs. He didn't get down. He kept battling. He didn't want to come out of the game. He wouldn't let me take him out.
"To have a nine-inning 6-5 game in a situation like this, it was a heck of a game.
"I have a lot of respect for Tuscarawas County. They threw some good pitchers. Both team battled hard. We were real fortunate to get the win. I am blessed to be a part of this. We are able to play a kids' game, and I am thankful to be a part of it."
Kramarich struck out seven and walked four in picking up the complete-game victory.
Offensively, Post 740 pounded out 13 hits.
"I thought we had great at-bats all the way through," Davis said. "Hopefully, we can come back and do it again tomorrow. We are excited."
Individually, Josh Pasek produced three singles and an RBI, catcher Storm Mohn ended up with a single and a run-scoring triple and Scott tallied two singles and the game-winning RBI. Nolan Marcus contributed a single and a triple, Tyler Krantz contributed a single and a double and Tanner Wise, Sammy Orr and Storm Allese all collected base hits. Finally, Tanner Evans chipped in with an RBI.
Along with his success at the plate, Krantz also played strong defensively at the hot corner.
"Tyler Krantz did a great job," Davis said. "He did a real good job at third base. He made some real good plays."
Unlike Richmond, Tuscarawas County used multiple pitchers. Brandon Fox started the game for Post 205 and finished with three strikeouts and four walks in his four innings. Fox was replaced in the seventh inning by Nate Robinson, who took the loss. Robinson struck out two while issuing one free pass in his 2 innings. Mitchell Smith recorded an out on a strikeout. He did not walk a batter.
Offensively, the Panthers produced eight hits.
Individually, Brady Byers belted three singles to go along with two RBIs, Cory Cline contributed two singles and an RBI and catcher Ethan Slentz ended up with a single and an RBI. Also, Adam Hershberger and Smith each tallied base hits.
Post 740 plated a run in the top of the first to take the early lead. With one out, Wise singled, and came all the way around to score on a triple to the gap in left-center by Mohn to give Richmond a 1-0 advantage.
Richmond added another run in the second stanza.
Pasek and Allese tallied back-to-back base hits to start the frame. With Pasek on third, Evans lofted a sacrifice fly to center allowing Pasek to score to put Post 740 up 2-0.
The victors lost a golden opportunity to add on to their lead in the inning. Allese was thrown out trying to steal second, and Marcus followed with a triple of his own into the left-center gap.
Unfortunately, Fox struck out Wise to strand the Post 740 shortstop at third.
Post 740 maintained its two-run lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when Post 205 plated a pair of runs to tie the score at 2. Cline drove in a run with a single, and the other run scored on a throwing error.
Richmond scored three runs in the seventh to build a 5-2 advantage. Pasek singled for a run, while the other two runs were scored on an error.
The lead did not last long as the Panthers plated three runs in the bottom half of the inning to draw even at 5. Two of the runs scored on a base hit by Byers.
On the play, Byers lofted the ball toward second base. Orr went out to catch the ball, but he lost the ball in the lights allowing two runs to score.
After a scoreless eighth inning, Post 740 capitalized on its opportunity in the ninth.
With one out, Krantz doubled into the gap, and he came around to score on a base hit to right by Scott.
Down by a run in the bottom of the ninth, the Panthers did not go away quietly. Tuscarawas County loaded the bases with one out on a walk, an error and a single, however, Kramarich struck out Hershberger, who nearly won the game with a grand slam, but the ball sailed foul, for the second out of the inning.
Kramarich was able to wrap up the complete game by getting Robinson to ground out to third.
"We played Alliance three times, and they beat us twice and we won once," Davis said. "They are a real-good team. They are well coached. There is a reason they are the No. 2 seed."
In Monday's first game at the KBC, Massillon held on to defeat Toronto by a score of 7-6.
There will be two more games today at Toronto. Cadiz will play Coshocton at 4 p.m., while Wayne County will take on Massillon in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
Toronto and Tuscarawas County are scheduled to return to the diamond Wednesday. Post 86 will play against the loser of the game between Post 34 and Post 65, while the Panthers will take on the loser of the game between Post 33 and Post 743.
Richmond 6, Tuscarawas County 5
Richmond 110 000 301 - 6 13 4
Tuscarawas County 000 020 300 - 5 8 1
RICHMOND (10-23): Kramarich (WP, 9IP, 7K, 4BB) and Mohn; Marcus S, T; Wise S; Orr S; Mohn S, T, RBI; Krantz S, D; Scott 2S, RBI; Pasek 3S, RBI; Allese S, Evans RBI.
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY: Fox (6IP, 3K, 4BB), Robinson (LP, 2 2/3 IP, 2K, 1BB), Smith (1/3IP, 1K, 0BB) and Slentz; Slentz S, RBI; Smith S; Byers 3S, 2 RBI; Hershberger S; Cline 2S, RBI.