EAST SPRINGFIELD Post 740 continues to struggle at the plate.
One day after being shut out, Richmond was limited two runs while St. Clairsville jumped out to an early lead and did not look back as visiting Post 159 defeated Post 740, 8-2, Friday.
"We're just not hitting," Richmond (6-15) head coach Sam Davis said. "We're trying."
St. Clairsville (7-4) outhit Richmond, 13-8, in the game.
"It was a good day," Post 159 head coach Mike Jacob said. "Our defense played well. Richmond always hits well. They hit well every time we play them. Even their outs were hard hit. We played well defensively, and we scored enough at the plate."
Beallsville's Logan Nippert earned the win for St. Clairsville. Nippert struck out four while walking one.
"We got a good effort from our pitcher," Jacob said. "Their guys hit the ball hard. That is a credit to their coaches. They are a good-hitting team."
Offensively, St. Clairsville swung the bat well from start to finish. Most of Post 159's damage at the plate came via the base hit. Of the victors 13 hits in the game, a dozen were singles.
Individually, Colton Prichard recorded three singles and an RBI; Bailey McGrath tallied two singles and two RBI; and Malik Gummer and Q.J. Williams each produced a single and two RBI. Also, Hunter Westlake and Joel Gifffin each finished with a single and an RBI, and Tyler Strama added three base hits.
Sammy Orr took the loss for Post 740. Orr recorded three strikeouts in the game while not issuing a free pass.
"Sammy pitched really well," Davis said. "He pitched for us in spot duty. We were short on pitchers. I never dreamt he would throw the whole game. I'm happy with that. He has only pitched a few times for us this year.
"When you have guys step up like that and fill in, we have to make the plays behind him, and we did not. We also didn't support him at the plate.
"We are in a bit of a drought right now. You're going to have that. The kids are going to have work hard. They are working hard. We are going to come out of it and start hitting the ball. You're not going to win too many games when you only score two runs.
"You have to give St. Clairsville credit."
Offensively, Richmond made good contact with the ball, but Post 740 couldn't come up with the clutch hit at key times in the ballgame. Seven of the team's eighth hits were singles.
Individually, Storm Mohn recorded two singles, Josh Pasek produced a double while Tanner Wise, Tyler Krantz, Collin Scott and Austin Horan all collected base hits. Also, Clay Woodward and Orr produced RBI.
St. Clairsville sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning as Post 159 plated four runs to take an early 4-0 lead.
"Getting out early was huge," Jacob said. "Orr pitched well. He is normally their catcher. Richmond is a good team."
Richmond attempted to answer in the bottom half of the inning, but Pasek was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a base hit by Mohn. Pasek led off the inning with a double.
The visitors tacked on another run in the second to increase their lead to 5-0.
Richmond got on the scoreboard in the second.
Krantz and Scott collected back-to-back base hits, and Krantz scored on a groundout by Woodward to cut Post 740's deficit to 5-1. The hosts had a chance to tally another run, but Scott was tagged out trying to score on a fielders' choice.
"We were trying to be aggressive," Davis said. "They made a couple of nice throws. We are not going to stop being aggressive. We will always do that."
Post 159 plated two more runs in the third to take a 7-1 lead.
Richmond recorded its second run of the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Orr, and St. Clairsville capped the scoring with a run in the sixth.
Both teams are scheduled to play doubleheaders today on the road. St. Clairsville will play at 10 a.m. at Beverly/Lowell, while Richmond will play at noon at Alliance.
"It is a makeup," Jacob said. "We have only played 11 games. We have had three or four games rained out."
St. C. 412 001 0 8 13 1
Richmond010 010 0 2 8 3
Batteries: Nippert and Curtin. Orr and Skeeles