Toronto nips Cadiz Post 34
CADIZ – For Toronto, one inning was enough. For Cadiz, that same inning wasn’t.
Post 86 outscored Post 34, 3-2, during the fourth Wednesday night and that proved to be the difference in a 4-2 victory by the visitors at Mazeroski Memorial Field inside Sally Buffalo Park.
After losing six games by one run in their first 12, Post 86 Manager Steve Sninchak was delighted to see his squad come out on the other end of a close one for once.
”We started out well hitting the ball,” Sninchak said. ”The last few innings we didn’t take an aggressive approach and let them back in it a little bit.
”But, I mean, 11 hits in four innings is pretty good. We’re swinging the bats well.”
Toronto did its damage by lacing 11 singles and taking advantage four Cadiz miscues. All of the hits came during the first four innings, including seven combined in the third and fourth.
”They had all singles compared with our three extra-base hits,” first-year Cadiz manager Jerry Graham noted. ”Them getting the bats on the ball made all the difference.”
Too, was the performance of Jarin McIntosh. The Post 86 hurler went the distance, recording 10 strikeouts, walking three, and allowing five hits. Only one inning – the fourth – did Post 34 collect two base knocks.
”He’s a bulldog and goes after it,” Sninchak said. ”He’s a good pitcher and he throws strikes when has has to.”
McIntosh allowed one hit during the first three innings – a leadoff double by Matt Dunfee in the second. Along the way, he fanned five batters, including the side in the third.
After knocking on the door in the first two innings, Toronto broke it down in the third as four straight batters singled with one out. The last one, by Nate Stewart, drove in Blaze Glenn for a 1-0 Post 86 lead.
Cadiz starter Chase Hopkins got out of the jam, by fanning McIntosh for the second out and then got Anthony Krager to ground out to second to end the inning.
One inning later, Toronto (4-9) loaded the bases with one out. Jay Lane came through with an RBI single plating Andy Miller for the game’s second run.
Tyler Owens followed with another RBI single. Then, after Stewart reached on an error, another run scored making the count 4-0.
Dustin Redish tripled to leadoff the home half of the fourth. After Brendan Baire walked, Dunfee singled home Redish making the score 4-1 with no outs.
Baire later scored from third making it 4-2 when Nick Staten attempted to steal second.
Post 34 (3-12) later got their leadoff batters on third in the sixth and seventh innings, but failed to score.
”We had our leadoff runner on third on three occasions and couldn’t get him in,” Graham said.
Redish and Dunfee both had two hits for Cadiz.
Lane laced three singles for Post 86, with Glenn, Owens and Stewart having two apiece.
”We’ve been in every game,” Sninchak said. ”We’ve had runners on late in games to either tie or win. We’re happy with the way we’re playing.
”The guys come to play every day. We have 15 kids that wanna play ball and they’re playing well.”