Post 86 slips past Post 740


Sports correspondent

EAST SPRINGFIELD – The Toronto baseball team put pressure on Richmond, and the aggressiveness paid off for Post 86.

Toronto tallied eight straight runs to rally from an early deficit en route to a 10-4 victory over Post 740 Friday evening on the road.

Post 86 plated a run in the top of the third to tie the score before breaking the game open with three runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth.

“That is how we play,” Toronto (5-10) head coach Steve Sninchak said. “We lost a heartbreaker last night to Wayne County. We battled. The kids came back today with good attitudes and ready to play.

“We hit the ball well which enabled us to be aggressive. We put pressure on them, and that helped us out.”

Mistakes once again proved costly for Post 740.

“You saw it,” Richmond (7-11) head coach Sam Davis said. “Toronto put pressure on us, and we made a lot of mistakes. They were aggressive, and it paid off for them. I tip my hat to them. They ran the bases well, and they hit the ball well too. Their pitcher threw a nice game. You have to give them credit.”

Nate Stewart picked up the win. Stewart struck out two while walking four in six innings. Dan Zdinak came on and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He struck out two while not issuing a free pass.

“Nate pitched a heck of a game in a spot start,” Sninchak said.

Ryan Kramarich took the loss. Kramarich struck out four and walked one in 5 innings. He was replaced by Troy Fairclough with two outs in the sixth. Fairclough struck out one and did not walk a batter in his 1 innings.

Individually for Post 86, Blaze Glenn ended up with a run-scoring double and a run-scoring triple. Jay Lane tallied three singles and an RBI and Stewart collected two run-scoring base hits to help his own cause.

Also, Tyler Owens singled and plated a pair, and Blaine Rawson recorded two base hits.

“We have been hitting the ball well,” Sninchak said. “We have had good approaches. We are making things happen.”

For Richmond, Tanner Wise tallied two base hits, Joe Nave ended up with a run-scoring single and Clay Woodward delivered an RBI.

Both teams made errors which led to runs. Toronto made three errors, while Richmond made five.

“We are not a very good baseball team right now,” Davis said. “Fortunately, we are only midway through the season. We made a lot of mental mistakes. We have a lot of work to do, and we are not hitting like we should. We have a lot of things to work on.”

Toronto tallied two runs in the first to take the early advantage. With one out, Glenn doubled home Lane, who singled, and then Owens singled home Glenn.

Richmond cut into its deficit with a run in the home half of the inning. With one out, Woodward hit a sacrifice fly scoring Wise, who singled to start the inning.

Post 740 plated two runs in the second inning to take a 3-2 lead. Both of Richmond’s runs scored on an error with two outs. Collin Skeeles and Dom Rogers, who reached on an error, scored on the play.

“That is something we have to clean up,” Sninchak said. “We had some sloppy play, but that is fixable.”

Toronto tied the score at 3 in the third on an RBI single by Stewart.

Multiple mistakes by Richmond proved costly for Post 740 in the fifth and sixth innings.

Toronto is scheduled to play a doubleheader today at Conneaut. Toronto will then play Kingsville and Conneaut in a doubleheader Sunday.

“We don’t know what they have,” Sninchak said. “Today was a good win for us before we go up there. It was a good win for the program.”

Richmond’s next game is 6 p.m. Monday at home against Cadiz.

“You like to play games,” Davis said. “We have some young kids, and they want to play games. We go to a tournament next weekend, and that should be a good barometer for us.

“We have a lot of young kids. They have played because we have had some older kids who have not been here. They have gotten a baptism under fire. That is a good thing.”

Post 86 slips past Post 740

TORONTO – Teams that finish games with just one hit rarely come out on top.

The Toronto Post 86 baseball team is one of those rare teams that did just that.

Toronto took advantage of multiple mistakes by Richmond Post 740 en route to rallying for a 4-3 victory Thursday night at the Knight Baseball Complex.

“We ran the bases well,” Toronto (3-5) head coach Steve Sninchak said. “We made things happen when we had to. Their pitcher pitched a good game. He kept us off-balance the whole game. We took advantage of a couple of miscues.”

Post 740 committed four errors in the loss.

“Brian (Flack) pitched a good game,” Richmond (5-6) assistant coach Gary Richards said. “He pitched pretty well. We did not hit well. We made mistakes, and that cost us the game.

“I think we should have won the game.”

Tyler Owens struck out four and walked one in getting the victory.

“Tyler pitched a real good game,” said Sninchak. “It was not our best hitting day, but we were able to manufacture some runs. We did what we had to do.

“Their pitcher did a nice job.”

Shortstop Blaze Glenn singled for Toronto’s lone hit of the game, while Jarin McIntosh ended up with an RBI.

Flack struck out three while issuing four free passes in 5 innings. Austin Horan came on to pitch with one out in the sixth inning. He recorded the final two outs of the inning.

Post 740 tallied seven hits. Tanner Wise recorded two singles and two RBIs, Joe Nave ended up with a single and a double and Tyler Krantz collected a single and an RBI.

After four scoreless innings, Post 740 plated two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Wise and Krantz drove in runs with back-to-back run-scoring singles in the stanza.

Toronto tallied its first run in the home half of the inning.

With one out, Chez Glenn bunted and reached on an error. He eventually scored on a delayed steal of home to cut Post 86’s deficit to 2-1.

The victors tacked on three more runs in the sixth.

Jay Lane led off the inning by drawing a walk and advanced to third on an error on a pick-off attempt. Richmond appealed on the play saying Lane missed second base on the play, but the throw to second base was off target allowing Lane to run home to tie the score at 2. When the visitors eventually got the ball to second base, the field umpire ruled Lane had indeed touched the bag allowing the run to count.

Blaze Glenn followed with a base hit. He scored the go-ahead run three batters later when McIntosh laid down a squeeze bunt.

Nate Stewart who walked with one out, scored when he stole home as part of a double steal to give Toronto a 4-2 lead.

Post 740 plated another run in the seventh on Wise’s second run-scoring single of the game, but it was not enough to extend the contest.

“We have some speed,” Sninchak said. “We run the bases well. It was not much of a game until the last two innings. It was not exciting.

“The boys played hard.”

Richmond is scheduled to play again at 6 p.m. tonight at home against Coshocton. Toronto is scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against Coshocton back at the KBC.