Post 10, 86 split

TORONTO – Toronto American Legion Post 86 bounced back from a first game loss to down Weirton Post 10 6-2 in the nightcap Thursday at the Knight Baseball Complex.

Post 10 used a big seven-run third inning in the first game to down Post 86 10-3 in the opener, but couldn’t get the bats going in the second game. It is beginning to sound like a broken record, but shoddy defensive play was another factor in the second game loss.

“In the first game we played well, put everything together and got the win,” said Post 10 coach Bill Magnone. “Mitch (Viakely) pitched a good game, but in the second game we sort of fell apart.”

Toronto got only six hits in the second game win, but used its speed to back up a strong pitching performance by Nate Stewart.

Stewart went the distance, and while he had trouble with a bit of wildness (seven walks) he allowed Post 10 just four hits and struck out four. Post 10 committed five errors.

“Nate (Stewart) hasn’t pitched much this season, but he wanted the ball tonight and he threw well,” said victorious Toronto coach Steve Sninchak. “Our defense gave him support and offensively we did what we do, put pressure on them, run and use the speed that we have.”

Post 86 batters had no RBIs as it scored all its runs via wild pitches and Post 10 miscues. Post 86 had five stolen bases.

Toronto jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff batter, Dan Zdinak was safe on an error. Blaze Glenn’s bunt single sent him to second base and he eventually scored on a Post 10 error. Glenn scored on a wild pitch.

Post 86 got two more runs in the bottom of the third inning when Glenn led off with a single, stole second and scored when Tyler Owens was safe on another Post 10 miscue. Owens scored on a wild pitch.

Lombardi, who hurled four innings, yielded another run in the bottom of the fourth. Colin Sweeney walked, stole second and went to third when the throw to second got away. He scored as Zdinak reached on an error.

Matt Cessna pitched the final two innings and gave up another run. Anthony Krager singled up the middle, advanced on Santo Carducci’s hit to left field and scored on another Post 10 wild pitch.

“Running is how we play,” said Sninchak, whose team now is 12-13. “We have run ourselves out of some innings, but our speed also has won some games. We use our speed to our advantage, get our guys in scoring position and good things happen.”

Post 86 returns to the diamond today in a 6:30 p.m. game hosting Cadiz, while Post 10 is off until Saturday when it plays a doubleheader at Steubenville. It hosts Steubenville at Ed Bowman Field in a single game Sunday.

Post 10 batted around in the third inning of the first game to give Viakley breathing room. Kelaen Welch had a two-RBI single in the third. Will Bowser later blasted a home run in the top of the sixth inning.

Game 1

Weirton 10, Toronto 3

Weirton 107 002 0 – 10 5 0

Toronto 200 100 0 – 3 7 4

WEIRTON: Viakely (WP, 1BB, 3K) and Reardon. Bowser 2D, RBI, HR, 2R; Larch S, R, SB; Welch S, R; Baire 2R; Viakely S, R.

TORONTO: McIntosh (LP, 3BB, 2K), Krager (3rd) Crawford (5th, 2BB, 0K), Glenn (7th, 0BB, 1K) and Clegg. Zdinak S, D, R; Lane S; Glenn R, SB; Owens 2S; Miller S; Rawson S.

Game 2

Toronto 6, Weirton 2

Weirton 000 001 1 – 2 4 5

Toronto 202 110 x – 6 6 0

WEIRTON: Lombardi (LP, 2BB, 2K), Cessna (0BB, 3K) and Larch. Baire 2S, RBI; Welch S, SB; Larch R; Woodruff S; Antinone R.

TORONTO: Stewart (WP, 7BB, 3K) and Gilson. Zdinak R, SB; Glenn 2S, 2R, SB; Owens R; N. Clegg S; Krager D, S, R; Sweeney R, 2SB.