Post 86 nips Post 740

TORONTO – Toronto did what it had to do to advance.

Post 86 plated a run in the top of the seventh inning and another in the eighth to pull out a 3-2 victory over Richmond in an elimination game in the Region 7 American Legion Baseball Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Knight Baseball Complex.

“They scrapped,” Toronto (11-18) head coach Steve Sninchak said. “It was a three-inning game, and the kids got it done. They did what they had to do. They scrapped their way through.”

The loss eliminated Post 740 from the tournament.

“It didn’t turn out the way we wanted,” Richmond (10-25) head coach Sam Davis said. “That game kind of sums up our season. We were playing our best baseball in the tournament. We have had games like this all year. We just didn’t do enough. We gave them three-unearned runs. In a nine-inning game, you have to score more than two runs.”

Saturday’s action was the continuation of a game started Friday. The game was called due to the severe weather that hit the area Friday. The game was suspended with Post 740 leading 2-1 with two outs in the top of the sixth.

When the game was called, Nate Stewart was at first for Post 86 after drawing a one-out walk. After a fly out, Seth Wilson was at the plate. Stewart attempted to steal second base, but lightning halted the game as he was en route to the bag. Stewart returned to first, and the game was suspended more than an hour after the delay.

Both teams ended up using two pitchers.

Jarin McIntosh recorded his second win of the tournament by striking out five without walking a batter in his four innings in relief of starter Tyler Owens. Owens also struck out five while not issuing a free pass in his five innings Friday.

Offensively, Owens ended up with a single and two RBI, Blaze Glenn tallied a base hit and a double and Jay Lane collected two base hits. Also, Ryan Cline and Wilson each contributed a single.

Nolan Marcus took the loss for Post 740. Marcus struck out six and walked three in his 3 innings of relief work. Marcus relived starter Ryan Kramarich as action began Saturday. Kramarich recorded two strikeouts and two walks in his 5 innings.

Richmond ended up outhitting Toronto in the game, but Post 740 failed to capitalize on some opportunities. Both of Post 740’s runs crossed the plate in the first inning.

Individually, Tyler Krantz and Collin Scott each had two singles and an RBI, Sammy Orr recorded two singles and Marcus doubled. Also, Tanner Wise, Storm Mohn, Josh Pasek and Austin Horan all collected a base hit.

“You have to give their pitchers credit,” Davis said. “Tyler Owens pitched the first part of the game and McIntosh pitched the second part. I tip my hat to them. They did a great job.

“They did enough to win. They forced our hand, and we made mistakes. That’s baseball.

“We made some good contact, but we hit it right at them. In the ninth inning, we have a 3-0 count, and we hit the ball into right field. The ball is just low enough for their second baseman to jump up and catch it.

“Somebody has got to win, and somebody has got to lose. We lost.”

When play began Saturday, Sam Pinkerton replaced Wilson in the batters’ box. Marcus struck out Pinkerton to end the inning.

In the seventh, Lane led off the inning with his first hit of the game. Lane ended up coming around to score the tying run on a groundout to second by Owens, and the teams headed to the eighth all tied at 2.

In the eighth, Billy Solomon led off with a walk. After a strikeout, Solomon was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice on a possible double play ball off of the bat of Chez Glenn. The throw back to first got past Scott allowing Glenn to not only reach safely, but he ended up on second base.

In almost a replay of a play Friday, Glenn appeared to be tagged out at second before reaching the base, but he was called safe on the play. He ended up scoring on an errant throw to third while he was attempting to steal the base. The throw ended up going down the line in left.

The run put Toronto out in front 3-2, and McIntosh was able to shutdown Post 740 in the next two innings to pull out the victory.

“Jarin McIntosh did a heck of a job in relief or starting or whatever you want to call it,” Sninchak said. “We got the hits when we needed them.

“I am proud of the kids for the way they played. I can’t ask for anything else.”

Richmond score both of its runs on back-to-back run-scoring singles by Krantz and Scott in the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead.

“We are just so thankful. Thank God we are able to come out here and play the game of baseball,” Davis said.

“We accomplished what we wanted to this year. All of the kids got better whether they are moving on to college or for high school baseball. Everyone benefitted from all of the games we got to play.

“I enjoyed it. They are great kids. They are a great team. I wish Toronto luck.”

Alec Jones and Orr are the two players Richmond will be losing from this year’s team.

“They each played for three years,” Davis said. “I appreciate everything they did. Everyone else can comeback.”

Toronto opened the tournament by losing to Massillon Monday, but Toronto defeated Coshocton in an elimination game Thursday before defeating Richmond.

Wayne defeated Massillon Tuesday before falling to Steubenville Thursday at Vaccaro Field.

“We have our work cut out for us,” Sninchak said. “We are going to compete. We are going to give what we have got. This is the tournament. This is baseball. Anything can happen.”

What happened was Wayne County plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to a 6-3 victory over Toronto.

Wayne County will now play Tuscarawas County in an elimination game at 3 p.m. today back at the Knight Baseball Complex.

Post 86 ended the season with a record of 11-19.