EAST SPRINGFIELD - Post 33 scored runs in bunches Tuesday and cruised to a 15-3 five-inning victory over Post 740 at Laney Field.
The visitors, now 18-11, plated three in the first and third (all those tallies came after two were out) then exploded for nine in the fourth. Steubenville had 25 batters reach base, 13 via hits, seven by walks and five after being clipped by pitches.
"I liked the way we swung the bat today as a team," Post 33's Mark Stacy said. "One through nine, we did a solid job. Our young guys also had some good swings. Gino Pierro and Mitch Gulan both came through with base hits."
Bryan Pierro, who finished with three hits and four RBI, led off the game with an infield single. He moved to third when Niko Petrides dropped a base hit into shallow right. B. Pierro raced home on a pass ball.
Jimmy Bolyog drew a two-out walk and Chris Murphy was hit by a pitch to load the sacks. Branden Jones then delivered a two-run single to center.
A pair of singles, a walk and two hit batsmen powered Steubenville's third frame rally. Gulan earned a RBI when he was clipped and B. Pierro got two with a base knock to right.
Post 33 15, Post 740 3
Post 33 3 0 3 9 0-15 13 1
Post 740 1 0 0 1 1-3 7 0
Post 33 (18-11): Ferguson (WP, 3BB, 5K, 1HBP) and Gulan. B. Pierro 3S, 4RBI; Petrides 2S, RBI; Pizzoferrato S; Bolyog D, RBI; Porreca S, 2RBI; Murphy S; Runkel S; Jones S, 3RBI; G. Pierro S, RBI; Gulan S, 2RBI.
Post 740 (10-14): Woodward (LP, 3BB, 2K, 5BP) Nave (4BB, 1K) and Scott. Evans 2S; Pasiuk S, RBI; Krantz D, RBI; Woodward D; Black S, RBI; Nave S.
Post 33 sent 13 batters to the dish in the fourth. B. Pierro and Aleks Porreca knocked home two with base hits. Jimmy Bolyog delivered a run-scoring double to right while Petrides and G. Pierro also had RBI.
Petrides (two singles) joined B. Pierro in the multiple-hit club for the winners.
"Bryan really had a strong game for us at the plate," Stacy noted. "We rely on him to get our offense going. Petrides also delivered a couple of key hits for us."
Richmond, which stands at 10-14, plated single runs in the first, fourth and fifth. Tyler Krantz drove home the initial tally with his double to right-center. Adian Pasiuk got the RBI in the fourth and Brian Flack in the fifth.
Sam Davis's club threatened in the second after Collin Scott walked and Tanner Evans lashed a single to left. Post 33 starter Devin Ferguson recorded two outs before walking Tanner Wise (who later in the game made an outstanding running catch in center to rob Steubenville's Jones of extra bases) to fill the sacks. Ferguson then retired Pasiuk to end the rally.
"Early on if we could have scored a few more, we possibly could have turned the game into a slugfest," Davis commented. "However, when you get down like we did, it's tough to rebound. Give Steubenville credit, they scored plenty of runs to win the game."
Ferguson was his usual efficient self in earning the pitching victory. The Big Red junior-to-be scattered seven hits and whiffed five.
"Devin battled through some control problems in a couple of innings but hung tough and won the game for us," Stacy stated. "He was very efficient again, only throwing 82 pitches."
Clay Woodward started for Post740, giving way to Joe Nave in the fourth.
"Clay will be the first to tell you he didn't have his absolute best control today," Davis pointed out. "We gave them all kinds of opportunities with walks and hitting guys and they took advantage."
Evans collected two singles to pace Richmond, which is scheduled to host Wayne County for a nine-inning game today. Woodward added a ground-rule double to left in the third.
Davis noted he "was really proud of our kids" for the way they played in the Coshocton tournament over the weekend.
Post 740 split four games (Richmond beat Tusky County and Coshocton while falling to Mansfield and Cambridge).
"We played really well over the weekend," Davis continued. "We had a limited number of kids and our young guys really stepped up. We were a little thin today. When we throw strikes, we're usually in the gamethat's the way it is."
Steubenville's scheduled game with Moundsville today has been canceled. Post 33 will return to action Thursday at Toronto, the first pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m.
"Right now, our goal is to build some momentum for the tournament," Stacy said.
Post 33, Post740 along with Toronto all will compete in the Region 7 American Legion tournament, which starts later this month in Coshocton.