Richmond rallies against Coshocton

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Two-out lightning sparked Richmond to a victory.

The Post 740 baseball team scored all eight of its runs with two outs en route to an 8-4 victory over Coshocton Post 65 Friday evening at home.

The Cherokees also scored two of their runs with two outs.

“It was a good day for the most part,” Richmond (6-6) head coach Sam Davis said. “One had the one big inning. After that, like Coach (Steve) Hawkins said, we didn’t have as good of at-bats. We threw away some at-bats. We had a lot of good at-bats in that inning. Sometimes that happens in baseball.”

Post 740 plated seven runs in the bottom of the second, and Richmond delivered another run in the fifth.

Tanner Evans picked up the win for Post 740. He struck out three while walking one.

“Tanner pitched well,” Davis said. “He got a complete game.

“We made some mistakes. We have some younger players. They are doing a good job.

“I’m happy with the win. I’m happy we were able to play baseball today. I thank God we are able to do this. It was a beautiful day.

Offensively, Richmond recorded seven hits in the game.

Individually, Austin Horan ended up with a single, a double and two RBI, Bryce Piatt and Tyler Krantz each collected a single and two RBI and Joe Nave and Colin Skeeles each tallied a single and an RBI. Also, Dom Rogers recorded a single.

Cole Hinton took the loss for Post 65. Hinton ended the game with three strikeouts and four walks.

Offensively, the Cherokees collected nine hits on the day.

Individually, Dyson Bowman belted four singles to go along with an RBI, Ryan Lowe tallied am single, a double and two RBI and Hinton helped his own cause with a double. Also, Gavin Gray and Caleb Brassfield delivered base hits.

After a scoreless first inning, Richmond broke the game open with its seven-run inning in the second.

With two outs, Evans and Skeeles walked and Rogers was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nave, the No. 9 batter, followed with a single scoring Evans to make it 1-0. Then, Piatt collected a base hit of his own to score Skeeles and Rogers to increase the hosts lead to 3-0.

After Tanner Wise walked, Krantz tallied a two-run single to score Nave and Piatt to increase Post 740’s advantage to 5-0.

Finally, Horan doubled in front of a diving Levi Jones in right field to plate Wise and Krantz to make the score 7-0.

Coshocton came right back to plate a run in the third.

With one out, Brice Hammond, the No. 9 hitter, walked, and he scored on a two-out single by Bowman to make the score 7-1.

Post 740 plated a run in the fifth to regain a seven-run advantage.

Horan led off the inning with a base hit, and he scored on a two-out single by Skeeles to make the score 8-1.

The Cherokees cut into their deficit by scoring two runs in the sixth.

Bowman singled to start the inning off, and he scored on a double by Lowe to make the score 8-2. Lowe ended up on third on the play following an error, and he scored the Cherokees’ third run of the game on another error as the visitors closed to within five runs.

Post 65 plated a run in the seventh, but it was not enough to extend the game.

With one out, Brassfield singled and he moved up to second on a two-out single by Bowman.

Then, Lowe singled home Brassfield, but Bowman was tagged out at the plate trying to score to end the game.

The Cherokees had two runners thrown out at the plate in the game.

Wise, who was playing in center, threw Bowman out to end the game, and Rogers, who was playing in left, threw out Hinton, who had doubled, to end the fourth.

“That was nice,” Davis said. “That is something we work on. They were do or die plays. Dom and Tanner both made good throws. It has been a long time since we have had to two outfielders throw people out at the plate in the same game.”

Richmond played the game with only 10 players. Brain Flack, who was the starting pitcher for Richmond Thursday night at Toronto, was the only substitute player available.

Both teams are scheduled to play doubleheaders on the road today. Richmond is scheduled to play two starting at noon at Wayne County, while Coshocton is slated to play a pair of games starting at 1 p.m. against Toronto at the Knight Baseball Complex.

Post 86 rallied to defeat Post 740, 4-3, Thursday at the KBC.

“It was a tough game,” Davis said. “I wasn’t able to be there. We made some mistakes that hurt us.

“Today, we had the one big inning. The kids did a good job.

“These games are all practice for the state tournament.”