Post 33 stops Post 86

STEUBENVILLE – Justin Corsi had a night to remember Tuesday as Post 33 earned a 13-2 five-inning victory over Toronto Post 86 at Vaccaro Field.

The Big Red graduate, who will continue his baseball career at Bethany College, ripped three doubles and knocked home five runs as Post 33, the third seed for next week’s Region 7 tournament, improved to 19-12.

“Justin had a really big game for us,” said Post 33 coach Mark Stacy. “It was great to see him swinging the bat like he did tonight. We’ll definitely need him in the tournament.”

Corsi’s initial two-bagger, a drive to left-center, chased home Anthony Zorne and Niko Petrides in the Post 33 half of the first. The runs scored after Post 86 starter Dan Zdinak retired two straight.

The big lefty doubled off the fence in right-center to plate Petrides with Steubenville’s fifth run in the third. He added a two-run bomb to right in the fourth when the hosts exploded for eight runs.

“We just didn’t come ready to play,” stated Toronto manager Steve Sninchak.

All told, Post 33 recorded 12 hits off four Post 86 pitchers (Andy Miller, Hank Clegg and Aaron Crawford followed Zdinak to the hill).

“We swung the bats really well,” stated Stacy, who saw his squad drop a 2-1 verdict to Post 86 last Thursday.

“One through nine, we did a nice job. That’s something we haven’t been doing lately. At this point in the season, we’re just trying to get ready for the tournament.”

John Linn launched a two-run triple down the right field line in the Post 33 second, plating a pair. Branden Jones capped the fourth frame rally with a three-bagger to deep right. His hit scored Jimmy Bolyog and Gino Pierro. Jones actually started the eruption with a single to right.

Jones, Zorne and Bryan Pierro joined Corsi in the multiple-hit club for Post 33.

Ryan Bernard earned the pitching victory, allowing just two hits (singles by Jess McClurg and Jay Lane). He fanned four and worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the second. After retiring Toronto’s lead-off hitter, Bernard walked two and hit a third. The final two outs came via a strikeout and nice snag at third by B. Pierro.

“He’s one of our young kids but he showed a lot of guts tonight,” Stacy said of Bernard, who will be a sophomore at Big Red. “He threw strikes and he battled, that’s really all we can ask of him. I thought he pitched really well.”

Post 86’s tallies came via Lane’s RBI base hit and a wild pitch.

Both teams return to action today. Post 33 will host Tusky County, which earned the second seed for the Region 7 event, with Chris Murphy getting the pitching start. Post 86, now 10-12, will entertain Richmond.

Steubenville, which will visit Wheeling Thursday, was scheduled to host Wayne County on Friday but that game has been canceled. Wayne County (21-1) drew the top seed for the regional tournament.

Post 33 will open regional play at 6 p.m. on July 16 against either Cadiz or Conneaut. That game is scheduled for City Rec Park in Coshocton. Toronto is matched with Tusky County on the same day. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Lake Park in Coshocton.