TORONTO - The Toronto Post 86 baseball team used its speed to its advantage against Richmond Post 740 Wednesday.
Post 86 base runners stole eight bases, and Toronto took advantage of eight Richmond errors en route to a 9-4 victory in a scheduled nine-inning game at the Knight Baseball Complex.
"We used our speed well," Toronto (11-12) head coach Steve Sninchak said. "We put pressure on them. We took advantage of a couple of miscues."
DIVING BACK — Toronto Post 86 pitcher Tyler Owens dives back into first base as Brian Flack of Richmond Post 740 awaits a pick off throw in the third inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. Post 86 won 9-4 in nine innings.
-- Matthew Peaslee
Post 740 gave Post 86 extra outs and extra runners on base, and Toronto made Richmond pay.
"We kicked the ball around a lot," Richmond (10-22) head coach Sam Davis said. "We had seven or eight errors. You are going to lose when you do that."
Tyler Owens went distance in picking up the win. Owens struck out six while walking one.
Toronto 9, Richmond 3
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RICHMOND (10-22): Kramarich (LP, 3IP, 2K, 2BB), Krantz (4IP, 3K, 3BB), Marcus (1IP, 0K, 0BB) and Scott; Pasiuk S; Krantz D; Horan S, RBI; Scott S, RBI; Woodward S; Flack S, RBI.
TORONTO (11-12): Owens (WP, 6K, 1BB) and Clegg; Zdinak S; Lane S, 2RBI; B. Glenn 2S, 2RBI; Owens 2S, RBI; Clegg S; McClurg S, 2RBI.
"T.O. threw a heck of a game," Sninchak said. "They were able to get to him in a couple of innings, but he pitched a heck of a game."
Starter Ryan Kramarich took the loss. Kramarich struck out two and walked two in his three innings on the mound. Tyler Krantz came on to start the fourth and pitched the next four innings. Krantz collected three strikeouts while issuing three free passes. Nolan Marcus came on to pitch the eighth.
Individually for Post 86, Blaze Glenn collected two singles and two RBIs, Jay Lane and Jesse McClurg each tallied a single and two RBIs and Owens ended up with two singles and an RBI. Also, Danny Zdinak and Nolan Clegg each delivered a base hit.
Individually for Post 740, Austin Horan, Collin Scott and Brian Flack all collected a run-scoring single, Krantz contributed a double and Aidan Pasiuk and Clay Woodward each delivered a single.
"Tyler Owens pitched a real good game," Davis said. "I tip my hat to him and Toronto.
"We made too many mistakes. We got down, and we can't afford to do that. We are not scoring enough runs. If we don't tighten that up, it will be a short tournament for us."
Post 740 made two errors on the same play three times.
Post 86 plated three runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead.
Zdinak reached on an error and ended up on third base after a second throwing error on the play. Lane followed with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Zdinak.
Next, Glenn singled and Owens walked to put two runners on base. After a strikeout, McClurg plated the pair with a base hit down the line in left field to give the hosts a 3-0 advantage. The ball took a high bounce over the glove of Tanner Evans at third resulting in a single.
Toronto extended its lead with a run in the fourth to go up 4-0.
Zdinak got things started with a base hit. He scored two batters later on a dropped flyball in the outfield to increase the victors lead to 4-0.
Toronto had a chance to add to its lead when Owens flew out to right field, but Woodward, who was playing in right, fired a strike to Scott at the plate to nail Glenn keeping the score at 4-0.
Richmond scored its first run of the game in the fifth.
With one out, Evans walked, and Woodward ripped a single down the line in left advancing Evans on the play. Next, Flack followed with a grounder that took a high bounce into the outfield, and Evans hustled in to score to cut Post 740's deficit to 4-1.
Richmond had a chance to cut into the deficit even more, but Woodward was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a groundball back to Owens, and Owens retired the next batter on a groundout to short.
Post 740 plated a pair of runs in the sixth to make the score 4-3.
Pasiuk singled to start the inning and Krantz doubled to put two runners on base. Horan followed with a base hit scoring Pasiuk making it 4-2. Scott followed with a single of his own scoring Krantz to make it 4-3, but that was as close as the visitors got.
Horan was tagged out trying to get back to second on Scott's single, and Owens retired the next two batters to get out of the threat.
Toronto broke the game open with four runs in the home half of the sixth.
The first two batters walked, and Sante Carducci scored on a single by Lane to make the score 5-3. Glenn followed with a base hit to right scoring Carducci and Lane to increase Post 86's advantage to 7-3. Glenn scored on an error to give the hosts an 8-3 advantage.
Post 86 capped the scoring in the eighth.
With one out, Lane reached on an error, and he moved up on another error. After a groundout, Owens singled home Lane to make it 9-3.
"That is how we have played all year," Sninchak said. "We make things happen. It was a good rebound win after last night.
"Last night was my fault. The kids were not ready to play. That is my fault."
Owens retired Richmond in order in the ninth.
"We didn't plan on him pitching the whole game," Sninchak said. "We planned on him going five or six innings, he had his stuff so we let him go."
Both teams have games today at home. Richmond is scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. against Cadiz in a nine-inning game, and Toronto will play Weirton in a doubleheader starting at 6 p.m.