Errors doom Cadiz in district tournament
TORONTO One look at the hits column on the scoreboard told a different story than what had just transpired.
The Cadiz and Coshocton baseball teams each produced 13 hits in the game, but Post 65 plated at least one run in five-straight innings to rally from an early four-run deficit en route to a 16-5 victory over Post 34 in seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader in the Region 7 American Legion Baseball Tournament Tuesday evening here at the Knight Baseball Complex.
“You’re exactly right,” Cadiz (10-11) head coach Brandt Mazeroski said about the hits column telling a different story. “Look at the E column. Our seven errors killed us. You can’t have that in the district tournament. You can’t have seven errors and expect to win in Legion baseball, especially in the district tournament.”
The shorthanded Post 34 team was also hurt by 10 walks and four hit batters. Cadiz played the game with only nine players available to play.
“We were shorthanded,” Mazeroski said. “We were missing players because of injuries and work and stuff like that. We had to make do with what we had. We had nine players here today, and that shows where their hearts are at.”
With the win, Coshocton (19-16) moves on in the winner’s bracket, while Cadiz drops to the loser’s bracket. The result was the reversal from last season when Post 34 defeated Post 65, 11-7, in the two team’s first tournament game.
Both teams also used three pitchers in the game.
Starting pitcher Nick Pelegreen took the loss for Cadiz. Pelegreen struck out one, walked five and hit three batters in his two-plus innings of work on the mound.
Jonathan Borkoski relieved Pelegreen in the third inning. Borkoski entered after Pelegreen was unable to record an out in the third frame. Borkoski struck out two and issue two free passes in his 1 innings of work.
Ryan Rose replaced Borkoski in the fourth inning. Rose pitched the rest of the way. Rose recorded six strikeouts and three walks in his 2 innings of work on the mound.
“We had four hit batters and seven errors,” Mazeroski said. “You can’t win like that.”
Offensively, Rose and Andrew Chlon each collected three base hits, David Brown delivered a solo home run, and Borkoski belted a run-scoring double. Also, Dalton Rutter recorded two base hits, and Chase Hopkins, Eric Williams and Nick Patrone all tallied two base hits.
Dyson Bowman earned the win for Coshocton. Bowman struck out seven and walked three in his four innings of work to start the game.
Hayden Cantrell replaced Bowman to start the top of the fifth. Cantrell tallied one strikeout and one walk in his two innings of work on the mound.
After scoreless first inning, Post 34 plated four runs in the top of the second stanza to take an early 4-0 lead. Cadiz scored four runs in the frame with just one RBI.
With one out, Williams walked and Rose singled. Next, Nick Patrone reached on a bunt, and Williams and Rose scored when the throw sailed past first base and down the line in right field to make the score 2-0. Later, Patrone scored on a wild pitch to put Post 34 up 3-0, and Borkoski plated Rutter, who also reached safely on a bunt, with a double making the score 4-0.
The lead did not last long.
Coshocton came right back to score four runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score. The first run scored on a sacrifice fly by Troyer, the second run scored on a single by Bowman, which bounced off the diving centerfielder’s glove in left-center. The third run scored when Lowe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and the fourth run crossed the plate when Gray drew a bases-loaded walk.
Post 65 plated five runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. The inning was twice delayed by lightning.
As a result of its loss, Cadiz will now play at 4 p.m. today against Toronto back at the KBC. Massillon defeated Toronto, 7-6, Monday at Toronto.
“We have got to move on,” Mazeroski said. “It is either win tomorrow and move on or lose and go home and I will see you next year unless your time here is done.
“We were shorthanded today. Our hands were tied.”
Coshocton will play in a winner’s bracket game at 7 p.m.
There will also be two games today at Vaccaro Field in Steubenville.
Tuesday afternoon at Vaccaro Field, Steubenville defeated Kingsville, 6-5, in 12 innings to advance to the winner’s bracket while Post 743 dropped into the loser’s bracket.
Kingsville will play Tuscarawas County at 2 p.m. Richmond defeated Post 205, 6-5, Monday night in the second game of the doubleheader in the Gem City. Post 33 will play at 5 p.m. in a winner’s bracket contest.
Cadiz 040 010 0 5 13 7
Coshocton 045 331 x 16 13 1
Batteries: Pelegreen, Borkoski (3) and Rose (5) and Williams. Bowman, Cantrell (5), Gray (7) and Lowe.