Post 34 walks past Richmond

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Playing at Richmond brings out the best in Cadiz.

Helped by 10 walks, three hit batters and three errors, the Post 34 baseball team ended up pulling away from Post 740 en route to a 10-4 victory, in a scheduled nine-inning game Thursday evening.

Cadiz defeated Richmond, 13-3, in six innings back on June 23.

“Playing here seems to work out pretty good for us,” Cadiz (6-17) head coach Jerry Graham said. “The kids were relaxed, and they hit the ball. There was no pressure on them.”

Richmond’s Brain Flack earned a no decision. Flack finished with one strikeout and five walks in four innings. Troy Fairclough took the hill in the fifth. He took the loss, striking out two and walking one in three innings. Tanner Evans pitched the eighth and into the ninth. He did not record a strikeout while issuing three free passes.

Clay Woodward relieved Evans in the ninth with no outs and the bases loaded and got out of the jam.

“The big thing was we struggled to throw strikes except for Clay,” Richmond (10-23) head coach Sam Davis said. “Clay did a real nice job.

“We didn’t throw strikes, and that has not been the case all year with Brain, Troy and Tanner. They have thrown pretty well all year. We just struggled to throw strikes today.”

Cadiz also used four pitchers.

“We have the tournament coming up,” Graham said. “We have some things we wanted to work on in the game, and Sam did the same.

“We went into the game with the full intention of using three or four pitchers. We wanted to get them loose. They hadn’t thrown in several days.”

Brennan Groves struck out one and walked three in three innings. Chase Hopkins began the fourth and picked up the win in three innings, walking one.

Eric Williams pitched 2 innings, walking four. Dustin Redish replaced Williams with two outs in the ninth. He threw one pitch which resulted in a game-ending groundout to third base.

“They threw well,” Graham said. “No one was in any trouble. We had a few walks. They got the ball across the plate for the most part.”

For Post 34, Williams tallied two singles and four RBIs, Matt Dunfee finished with three singles and two RBIs and Nick Staten and Redish each singled and added an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Also, Hopkins belted a triple, Dustin Brown ended up with an RBI and Tyler Redish singled.

For Post 740, Evans singled twice and had an RBI, Flack finished with a single and two RBIs and Woodward delivered a run-scoring single. Also, Austin Horan ended up with two singles and Matt Johnson also singled.

It took just two batters for Post 34 to take the lead in the game.

Hopkins led off the game with a triple to right field and scored on a groundout by Williams.

Cadiz extended its lead with a run in the third. With one out, Redish singled and scored on a single by Dunfee to make it 2-0.

Post 740 plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Horan led off the inning with a single and Scott walked. Woodward plated Horan with an infield single and Flack scored Scott with a sacrifice fly to tie the score 2.

Richmond gave Cadiz a run in the fifth.

With one out, Dunfee and Staten tallied back-to-back singles. Dustin Brown followed with a fly out to center, but the return thrown ended up rolling out of play to the Richmond dugout allowing Dunfee to score enabling Cadiz to regain the lead.

Post 34 plated two more runs in the sixth. Williams singled home a run and Redish plated a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

Post 740 plated two more runs in the home half of the inning. Evans plated a run with a base hit and Flack followed with a run-scoring single to make it 5-4.

Post 34 plated five runs in the final two innings to break the game open.

In the eighth, Dunfee plated a run with a single, Staten brought home a run with a sacrifice fly and Brown had an RBI groundout. The inning started with an error and two walks.

In the ninth, Williams plated two runs with a base hit.

“We are a much better team than we have shown,” Davis said. “I have not done a real good job this year getting the most out of the kids. I am the first to admit that. That is not a reflection on the kids. I haven’t gotten the best out of them, but there is still time. The season is not over yet. We still have hope.”

Post 740 had the bases loaded with one out twice in the game only to see the next batter ground into a double play to end the inning.

“We left a lot of runners on base,” Davis said. “When you are struggling to hit the ball that happens.”

Both teams play today on the road. Richmond is scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. at Coshocton in a nine-inning game. Cadiz will play at 6:30 p.m. at Toronto.

“We play Toronto tomorrow, and we going to use some more pitchers,” Graham said. “We are going to get them loose. We are going to work on some little things that will hopefully make a big difference down the road.”

Cadiz 10, Richmond 4

Cadiz 101 012 032 – 10 8 0

Richmond 000 202 000 – 4 8 3

CADIZ (6-17): Groves (3IP, 1K, 3BB), Hopkins (WP, 3IP, 0K, 1BB), Williams (1 2/3IP, 0K, 4BB), D. Redish (1/3IP, 0K, 0BB) and T. Redish; Hopkins T, Williams 2S, 4RBI; D. Redish S, RBI; Dunfee 3S, 2RBI; Staten S, RBI; Brown RBI, T. Redish S.

RICHMOND (10-23): Flack (4IP, 1K, 5BB), Fairclough (3IP, 1K, 2BB), Evans (1IP, 0K, 3BB), Woodward (1IP, 0K, 0BB) and Scott; Johnson S; Horan 2S; Scott S; Evans 2S, RBI; Woodward S, RBI; Flack S, 2RBI.