TORONTO - Richmond Post 740 jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and Clay Woodward pitched a nifty three-hitter to lead his team to a 9-1 victory over Toronto Post 86 last night at the Knights Baseball Complex.
"The mental focus just wasn't there," Post 86 mentor, Steve Sninchak, summed up after the game. "We're just not taking good approaches at the plate. It wasn't there last night and wasn't there again tonight. The focus was there a couple of nights ago when we beat Steubenville."
Meanwhile, the Post 740 batters jumped on Toronto's Andy Miller for three runs in the first and second innings and two more in the third, but veteran coach Sam Davis felt it was a better game than was reflected on the scoreboard.
"We were fortunate enough to have some hits fall our way tonight," he said. "We hit the ball well in the first three innings including a home run by Sammy Orr in the second inning. That kind of got us going a little bit."
Orr's blast cleared the left field fence with two mates aboard to arm Post 740 with a 6-0 lead.
Richmond opened the game with Josh Pasek drawing a walk. Then Nolan Marcus doubled and with one out, Storm Mohn ripped a single to score Pasek and Marcus. Following a walk to Alec Jones, Tyler Krantz doubled Mohn home.
Post 740 kept the fireworks going in the second inning. Pasek got his second hit of the game and after Marcus walked, Orr's blast made it 6-0.
They got two more in the third inning to chase Miller. With one out, Tanner Wise singled and Pasek and Marcus hit back-to-back doubles. Marcus' two-bagger drove home Wise and Pasek.
Things settled down a bit after that and it became a 1-1 ballgame the rest of the way as Sninchak went to his bullpen. Matt Petrella got the Post 740 hitters out when he came on in the third and fourth innings and Blaze Glenn, a Toronto High School freshman, retired the side in the fifth and sixth. Jay Lane, another freshman, did the job in the seventh although Richmond nicked him for a run.
"Our pitchers early just got themselves behind in the counts and they had to come in with some pitches that Richmond took advantage of," Sninchak explained. "They got a couple of hits after some walks and that hurt us. Then, we weren't stringing hits together during our at-bats, which is what you have to do to get back into the game."
Woodward's slants were difficult for the Post 86 batters to pick up as he scattered three singles. Bill Solomon, Chez Glenn and Lane collected the hits.
"Clay pitched a nice ballgame," said Davis, whose club advanced to 4-9 with the win. "We've been trying to get him into the grove. He's had a little early season control problems, but tonight he worked through some jams and did a nice job for us."
Post 86 (2-7) scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning without the benefit of a hit. With two out, John Romey and Jordan Mavromatis got back-to-back free passes (Woodward gave up only three walks in the game). Soloman hit a sharp grounder to third base that eluded the fielder allowing Romey to scamper home.
Richmond 9, Toronto 1
Richmond 332 000 1 9 12 0
Toronto 001 000 0 1 3 1
Richmond (4-9): Woodward (3K, 3BB) and Orr. Pasek S, 2B, 4R, SB; Marcus 2S, 2B, 2R, RBI; Orr HR, 3RBI, R, 2SB; Mohn 2S, RBI, SB; Krantz 2B, S; Woodward S; Wise S, R.
Toronto (2-7): Miller (3K, 4BB), Petrella (3rd, 1K, 1W), B. Glenn (5th, 3K, 0BB), Lane (7th, 0K, 2BB)) and McClurg. Solomon S; C. Glenn S; Romey R; Lane S.