EAST SPRINGFIELD - The story remained the same for Richmond.
Visiting Moundsville Post 3 tallied six runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a tie ballgame en route to a 10-5 victory over Post 740 Tuesday evening.
"We struggled at the plate, but the big thing is we are not a very good baseball team right now," Richmond (7-21) head coach Sam Davis said. "We have more talent than what we are showing. We are not getting their best at the right time.
"The good thing is the season is not over. We have time to get ready for the tournament. We are struggling, but it is not because they are not trying and it is not because they are not working hard. We are just aren't getting their best.
"We are going to double our effort. We are going to keep at it.
"We helped them. We made some mistakes."
Post 740 made mistakes in all phases of the game, and Post 3 was able to capitalize.
"We hit the ball well today, but we made a bunch of errors," Moundsville (16-7) head coach Bill Burkett said. "We made some bad mistakes. We get a big lead, and the kids don't know what is going on.
"We are hitting better now, and we are playing better now."
The teams combined to produce 22 hits with Moundsville gaining a 12-10 edge.
Hunter Kaschke collected the win for Post 3. He struck out three without walking a batter in his 3 innings in relief of starter Mark Walker. Walker struck out two while issuing three free passes in his 3 innings of work.
Offensively, nearly half of Post 3's hits resulted in extra bases. Moundsville tallied five doubles to go along with seven singles.
Individually, Kaschke contributed two doubles and two RBIs to help his own cause, Jeremiah Fromhart tallied two singles and three RBIs and Zach Winland delivered a single and two RBIs. Also, Austin Pegg ended up with a single and a run-scoring double, Walker recorded a single and a double and Alex Reidel added a double. Finally, Shane Wellman collected an RBI, and Ryan Hughes singled.
"We play a 50-game schedule, but the kids still haven't learned," Burkett said. "We had a college kid throw the ball over the backstop when we had a big lead in the seventh inning."
Ryan Kramarich took the loss for Richmond. Kramarich struck out two and walked three in four-plus innings of work. Austin Horan, who previously was playing shortstop, replaced Kramarich in the fifth. Horan ended with four strikeouts and two walks in his three innings.
Offensively, Post 740 pounded out 10 hits. Three of Richmond's hits went for extra bases.
Individually, lead-off batter Tanner Wise tallied two singles, a double and two RBIs, Storm Mohn recorded a double and two RBIs and Tanner Evans ended up with two singles and an RBI. Also, Josh Pasek picked up a pair of base hits, and Sammy Orr and Collin Scott each tallied a base hit.
Neither team played a clean game in the field. The teams combined to make eight errors with Post 740 owning five.
Both teams scored in the first inning, but the runs came about in vastly different fashions.
In the top half of the inning, Post 3 plated a run without producing a hit. With two outs, Winland reached on an error. He stole second base, and he came around to score on another error to give Moundsville the early 1-0 lead.
Post 740 tied the score in the bottom half of the inning. Wise led off the game with a base hit, and Orr recorded a one-out single to put two runners on base. With Wise at third, Mohn grounded out to short, but Wise was able to score on the play.
After a scoreless second stanza, both teams tacked on runs in the third to keep the game tied.
In the top half of the inning, Walker led off with a double, and he scored on a one-out single by Winland to put the visitors out in front 2-1. In the bottom half of the inning, Pasek started things off with a single, and came all the way around to score on a double by Mohn to tie the game at 2.
Mohn moved up to third on a wild pitch, but Walker was able to pitch himself out of danger by getting two outs on back-to-back fly balls.
The inability to hit with runners on base proved costly to Post 740. All told, Post 740 stranded 13 runners on base. Richmond left the bases loaded twice without scoring a run.
"We couldn't get the big hit," Davis said. "We had a chance to break it open. We hit a line shot right at them.
"That is just the way things are going for us. We are on a bad streak. It is tough. You work five hours on the field, and then you don't play well. That's baseball. Tomorrow is a new day. We are going to get up and do this again. It was a beautiful day today."
After another scoreless inning, Post 3 plated six runs to chase Kramarich and break the game open as the visitors built an 8-2 advantage.
Moundsville added runs in the sixth and seventh innings to increase its lead to 10-2.
Richmond did not go away without a fight as Post 740 plated three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
"Our mission is to get the older kids ready for college and the younger kids ready for high school," Davis said. "The younger players are getting some swings in. They are getting some time in. We want to win like everybody else does, but we want to improve.
"Our young guys are playing much better. We are trying to keep things in perspective. We are making mistakes, and that is on me."
Richmond visits Vaccaro Field at 6 p.m. today against Post 33.
Moundsville 10, Richmond 5
Moundsville 101 061 1 - 10 12 3
Richmond 101 000 3 - 5 10 5
MOUNDSVILLE (16-7): Kaschke (WP, 3 2/3IP, 3K, 0BB), Walker (3 1/3IP, 2K, 3BB) and Riedel; Hughes S; Winland S, 2 RBI; Fromhart 2S, 3 RBI; Riedel D; Kaschke 2D, 2 RBI; Pegg S, D, RBI; Wellman RBI; Walker S, D.
RICHMOND (7-21): Kramarich (LP, 4IP, 2K, 3BB), Horan (3IP, 4K, 2BB) and Mohn; Wise 2S, D, 2 RBI; Pasek 2S; Orr S; Mohn D, 2 RBI; Scott S; Evans 2S, RBI.