By AARON PETCHAL
EAST SPRINGFIELD - The Toronto baseball team put pressure on Richmond, and the aggressiveness paid off for Post 86.
Toronto tallied eight straight runs to rally from an early deficit en route to a 10-4 victory over Post 740 Friday evening on the road.
Post 86 plated a run in the top of the third to tie the score before breaking the game open with three runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth.
"That is how we play," Toronto (5-10) head coach Steve Sninchak said. "We lost a heartbreaker last night to Wayne County. We battled. The kids came back today with good attitudes and ready to play.
Toronto 10, Richmond 4
Toronto 201 034 0 - 10 10 3
Richmond 120 001 0 - 4 6 5
TORONTO (5-10): Stewart (WP, 6IP, 2K, 4BB), Zdinak (1IP, 2K, 0BB) and McClurg; Lane 3S, RBI; B. Glenn D, T, 2RBI; Owens 2S, RBI; Stewart 2S, 2RBI; Rawson 2S.
RICHMOND (7-11): Kramarich (LP, 5 2/3IP, 4K, 1BB), Fairclough (1 1/3IP, 1k, 0BB) and Skeeles; Wise 2S; Pasiuk S; Horan S; Woodward RBI; Skeeles S; Nave S, RBI.
"We hit the ball well which enabled us to be aggressive. We put pressure on them, and that helped us out."
Mistakes once again proved costly for Post 740.
"You saw it," Richmond (7-11) head coach Sam Davis said. "Toronto put pressure on us, and we made a lot of mistakes. They were aggressive, and it paid off for them. I tip my hat to them. They ran the bases well, and they hit the ball well too. Their pitcher threw a nice game. You have to give them credit."
Nate Stewart picked up the win. Stewart struck out two while walking four in six innings. Dan Zdinak came on and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He struck out two while not issuing a free pass.
"Nate pitched a heck of a game in a spot start," Sninchak said.
Ryan Kramarich took the loss. Kramarich struck out four and walked one in 5 innings. He was replaced by Troy Fairclough with two outs in the sixth. Fairclough struck out one and did not walk a batter in his 1 innings.
Individually for Post 86, Blaze Glenn ended up with a run-scoring double and a run-scoring triple. Jay Lane tallied three singles and an RBI and Stewart collected two run-scoring base hits to help his own cause.
Also, Tyler Owens singled and plated a pair, and Blaine Rawson recorded two base hits.
"We have been hitting the ball well," Sninchak said. "We have had good approaches. We are making things happen."
For Richmond, Tanner Wise tallied two base hits, Joe Nave ended up with a run-scoring single and Clay Woodward delivered an RBI.
Both teams made errors which led to runs. Toronto made three errors, while Richmond made five.
"We are not a very good baseball team right now," Davis said. "Fortunately, we are only midway through the season. We made a lot of mental mistakes. We have a lot of work to do, and we are not hitting like we should. We have a lot of things to work on."
Toronto tallied two runs in the first to take the early advantage. With one out, Glenn doubled home Lane, who singled, and then Owens singled home Glenn.
Richmond cut into its deficit with a run in the home half of the inning. With one out, Woodward hit a sacrifice fly scoring Wise, who singled to start the inning.
Post 740 plated two runs in the second inning to take a 3-2 lead. Both of Richmond's runs scored on an error with two outs. Collin Skeeles and Dom Rogers, who reached on an error, scored on the play.
"That is something we have to clean up," Sninchak said. "We had some sloppy play, but that is fixable."
Toronto tied the score at 3 in the third on an RBI single by Stewart.
Multiple mistakes by Richmond proved costly for Post 740 in the fifth and sixth innings.
Toronto is scheduled to play a doubleheader today at Conneaut. Toronto will then play Kingsville and Conneaut in a doubleheader Sunday.
"We don't know what they have," Sninchak said. "Today was a good win for us before we go up there. It was a good win for the program."
Richmond's next game is 6 p.m. Monday at home against Cadiz.
"You like to play games," Davis said. "We have some young kids, and they want to play games. We go to a tournament next weekend, and that should be a good barometer for us.
"We have a lot of young kids. They have played because we have had some older kids who have not been here. They have gotten a baptism under fire. That is a good thing."