Post 34 defeats Post 740
EAST SPRINGFIELD – The Cadiz baseball team broke out of its slump in a big way.
Post 34 plated nine runs in the top of the second inning en route to a 13-3 victory in six innings over host Richmond Monday evening.
“It was a good day,” Cadiz (4-13) head coach Jerry Graham said. “After yesterday, it was a darn-good day. We played a doubleheader yesterday, and we got no-hit in the second game.
“The bats really came alive today. That inning was big for us. It was huge. We have had an inning like that once before. It was big considering how bad we were hitting.”
Post 34 produced its 13 runs on 11 hits, and the visitors sent 14 batters to the plate in their nine-run second inning.
The inning started with a Richmond error, one of four.
“It was dej’ vu,” Richmond (7-12) head coach Sam Davis said. “Cadiz played really well. Their pitcher threw strikes. They took advantage of some mistakes we made. Give Cadiz all the credit.”
Griffey Girty picked up the win. Girty struck out seven and walked two.
“He pitched extremely well,” Graham said. “The majority of the batters he threw first-pitch strikes to, and that was huge. He only had a couple outings previously.”
Offensively, all nine hitters reached base safely, and eight of them had at least one hit.
Individually, Nick Staten belted a grand slam, Chase Hopkins produced two doubles and three RBIs and Eric Williams collected two singles, a double and two RBIs. Austin Marshall tallied two singles and an RBI, Dustin Redish and Matt Dunfee each finished with a single and an RBI and Jonathan Borkoski and Brennan Graves each recorded a single.
Austin Horan took the loss. Horan did not record a strikeout while walking two in 1 innings.
Horan was replaced by Collin Scott, who started at first base, with two outs in the second inning. Scott struck out four while issuing one free pass in his 4 innings.
Offensively, Horan belted a single and a two-run double, and Tyler Krantz, Tanner Evans and Collin Skeeles all collected singles.
Richmond scored a run in the first inning to take the early lead. Tanner Wise, who drew a walk to start the inning, scored on a wild pitch making it 1-0.
Cadiz broke the game open in the second.
Dunfee plated a run with a single to tie the score, and Williams followed with a two-run double. Two batters later, Hopkins doubled home a pair and, after Redish singled, Marshall plated a run with a single.
Borkoski was walked to load the bases, and Staten followed by blasting a home run over the fence in left field.
“Nick crushed that grand slam,” Graham said. “That was the biggest hit in the game right there.”
Post 34 plated another run in the third to take a 10-1 advantage.
Horan doubled home Bryce Piatt, who reached on a one-out error, and Krantz, who singled, with his double pulling Richmond to within 10-3.
Cadiz added a run in the fifth to make the score 11-3, and the victors recorded two more runs in the sixth to complete the scoring.
“It has been a long time coming,” Graham said about his team’s big day at the plate.
Cadiz is scheduled to play again at 6 p.m. today at home against Steubenville.
“Everybody contributed today,” Graham said. “It was a really good day.”
Richmond is slated to play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against Weirton.
“We are in a funk right now,” Davis said. “We have hit rock bottom. The positive thing about hitting bottom is there is only one way to go, and that is up.”