Mother nature blanks teams

TORONTO – The boys of summer were no match for Mother Nature.

Tuesday’s American Legion baseball game between Coshocton and Toronto began under a dark-cloud overcast sky. In the end, only six batters made their way to the plate as the game was called with one out in the bottom of the first inning.

“I feel bad for them because they had to travel all this way,” Toronto (6-13) head coach Steve Sninchak said. “We looked at the weather, and it wasn’t supposed to come until later. They made a long trip here for a rainout.”

The teams managed to play for about 16 minutes before the game was suspended after a 33 minute delay.

Post 86 was hoping to be able to get the game in and to continue its strong play of late, but that would not be the case due the inclement weather.

“Our young kids have started taking advantage of their opportunities,” Sninchak said.

It took some time for the Post 86 players to come together and to get use to playing Legion baseball as compared to high school baseball.

“Pitching-wise, it is a lot better at this level,” Sninchak said. “We wanted to see this kid throw. He is pretty good.”

Owens looked to continue his strong run on the mound as of late.

“He has pitched well, but we have been playing good defense behind him, too,” Sninchak said. “We have been eliminating the errors. We have been playing pretty well. Our pitchers have been pitching to contact, and we have been making the plays behind them.”

Tuesday’s game was the second meeting of the squads. Toronto won the first, 5-3.

Post 86 was off on Monday and with the short outing Tuesday, the Toronto players have gained some much-needed rest. Toronto is dealing with multiple injuries right now.

“We have a lot of injuries,” Sninchak said. “We have a lot of guys hurt. We have guys with sore arms. We are dressing 11 kids right now. Some of that is also due to vacations and stuff. We have four or five pitchers with sore arms.”

The time off should help Post 86 as Toronto has busy schedule the rest of the week.

Post 86 will visit Vaccaro Field at Steubenville Post 33 today at 6 p.m.

“They always bring a good team to the field,” Sninchak said. “They are well balanced. They can pitch. They can hit. They are well coached.”

Post 86 is scheduled to be off Thursday, but Toronto will be busy after that.

Toronto is slated to play a nine-inning game at 6 p.m. Friday at the KBC against Massillon Perry.

The squad then plays back-to-back doubleheaders, Saturday hosting Wheeling and Sunday at Alliance. Both start at 1 p.m.