Wayne County cruises past Richmond

EAST SPRINGFIELD – Giving teams extra outs can be costly.

The Richmond baseball team spotted Wayne County five runs in the first inning, and Post 66 plated the first seven runs of the game en route to a 13-2 victory in seven innings over Post 740 Wednesday evening.

Richmond committed four errors, three of which came in the top of the first inning.

“We did not play well in the field today,” Richmond (10-17) assistant coach Gary Richards said. “We did not get any clutch hits when we needed to.

“We are going to have to improve on those two things. If we do, we will be OK. We are going to have to play as a team.

“We have to back up our pitchers when they throw strikes.”

Both teams used multiple pitchers. Richmond used two, while Wayne County used four.

Austin Horan took the loss. He did not record a strikeout while walking two in his two-plus innings on the mound. After a leadoff double in the third, Tyler Krantz, who started the game at second base, replaced Horan on the mound. Krantz pitched the final five innings.

Offensively, Post 740 collected eight hits.

Individually, Tanner Evans and Horan each ended up with a double and Collin Scott tallied a run-scoring single.

Aaron Saal picked up the win for the Gunslingers (17-1-1). Saal did not strike out or a walk a batter in his three innings. Jordan Stutzman pitched the next two innings. He struck out two while not walking a batter. Adam O’Brien pitched the next 1 innings. He struck out two while walking two. Nick Buckingham came on to record the last out of the game.

Post 66 pounded out 13 hits.

Individually, Buckingham belted three singles and a double, and he had three RBIs, Saal singled and had three RBIs of his own and Cam Daugherty tallied a double and an RBI. Also, Jason Sanders and Stutzman each singled home a run.

After scoring five runs in the first, Post 66 plated a run in the second and one more in the third to build a 7-0 advantage.

With one out in the first, Nick Strausbaugh reached on a dropped fly ball and scored two batters later on a double to center by Buckingham to make it 1-0. Next, Saal hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Daugherty, who walked, but Buckingham also scored when the throw to plate ended up going out of play making the score 3-0.

Next, Tom Huettner and Drew Wharton had back-to-back base hits and both scored on a dropped pop up to increase the Gunslingers advantage to 5-0.

In the second, Buckingham singled home Strausbaugh, who drew a one-out walk to increase the visitors lead to 6-0.

In the third, Huettner doubled to start the inning, and he scored on a base hit by Sanders to increase the victors lead to 7-0.

After retiring the Gunslingers in order in the fourth, Post 740 plated a run in the home half of the inning to cut into its deficit.

Horan doubled into the gap to start the inning and scored on a base hit by Scott to make the score 7-1.

The Gunslingers came right back with a run in the fifth to regain a seven-run advantage. The first two batters reached on an error and a single, and Stutzman singled home a run to give the Gunslingers an 8-1 lead.

Post 740 came back in the bottom half of the inning to score its second run of the game.

Mason Gibbons walked to start the inning, and Krantz followed with a base hit. After a strikeout, Clay Woodward reached on an error, and Gibbons scored on the play to make the score 8-2.

The Gunslingers scored three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to seal the deal. Saal singled home two runs in the sixth, and Daugherty and Buckingham singled home runs in the seventh.

Wayne County plays Thursday at home against Ashland. Richmond and Wayne County are both slated to play in a holiday tournament hosted by Tuscarawas County this weekend. Richmond and Wayne County will play at noon Friday at Hiland, and Richmond will play its second game of the day against Coshocton.

Tournament play will continue Saturday and Sunday.