EAST SPRINGFIELD - Richmond Post 740 put the pedal to the metal in the sixth inning Thursday and earned an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Post 33 at Laney Field.
Sam Davis' club turned six hits into four runs in overcoming a 7-4 deficit and improving to 1-1 on the season. The Steubenville American Legion squad fell to 2-1.
Josh Pasek got things rolling with his one-out single to right. He scored when Nolan Marcus drilled a triple to deep center. Sammy Orr followed with a base knock, plating Marcus. After the second out was recorded, Alec Jones delivered a double allowing Orr to scamper home with the tying tally. Indian Creek's Zach Williams followed with what proved to be the game-winning RBI (Jones scoring from second). Tyler Krantz added the final hit of the frame.
Davis gave the ball to Marcus in the top of the seventh and he played the role of closer perfectly. The Edison senior-to-be whiffed the first two Post 33 batters he faced. The deal was sealed on a routine grounder to second.
"We were fortunate," Davis said. "We really got lucky to have a few drop in there with two outs. They were good at-bats but to score like that, there is a certain amount of luck involved."
Carrollton's Krantz started on the hill for Post 740, giving way to Edison's Clay Woodward in the fourth. Woodward earned the victory with Marcus getting the save.
"I'm happy we were able to get several kids some work," Davis noted. "We had a good chance to look at some of our younger pitchers. Marcus did a nice job. It was his first appearance of the season and we'll get him some more work this weekend."
Krantz had three singles to pace Richmond's 14-hit attack. Pasek, Marcus, Orr and Jones contributed two safeties each.
Post 740 scored three in the second thanks to RBIs by Pasek, Marcus and Orr. Storm Mohn's single in the fifth plated the fourth tally.
Catholic Central product Steve Mihalyo, who recently finished his freshman year at Davis and Elkins, had a monster game at the plate for Post 33. He had a double, two singles and drove home four runs. His first inning two-bagger scored Bryan Pierro, who laced the game's first pitch for a single.
Pierro would score again in the third after he doubled to left, Mihalyo delivering his second RBI. Mihalyo had a two-run single in the fourth and Brenton Colabella also knocked in a tally with his base hit.
Lucas Herrington and Chris Murphy collected the other Post 33 RBIs.
Pierro, Colabella and Aleks Porreca all finished with two hits. As a team, Post 33 had 12.
"We competed but Richmond competed harder," said Post 33 coach Paul Koniski. "They just wanted it more than us tonight. No matter what level of ball you're in, you have to avoid the big inning. We benefitted from the big inning last night but tonight it killed us."
Justin Corsi took the loss for Post 33. He gave way to Mihalyo in the sixth. Post 33 will host the Tusky County Panthers Saturday. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.
"We battled the whole game and I'm pleased with the overall performance," Koniski added. "We know we have a lot of work to do."
Although happy with the win, Davis knows his club also needs to keep improving.
"We made a few mistakes tonight and they made us pay for them," he pointed out. "I'm happy with the win but we have plenty to work on."
Post 740 8, Post 33 7
Post 33 101 311 0 - 7 12 2
Post 740 030 014 x - 8 14 1
POST 33 (2-1): Corsi (LP, 2BB, 3K, 1HB) Mihalyo (6, 0BB, 0K) and McClurg. Mihalyo D, 2S, 4RBI; Pierro S, D; Colabella 2S, RBI; Corsi S; Porreca 2S; Murphy S, RBI; Herrington S, RBI.
POST 740 (1-1): Krantz (3BB, 4K, 2HB) Woodward (WP, 2BB, 1K) Marcus (Save, 0BB, 2K) and Mohn. Marcus T, S, 2RBI; Pasek 2S; Orr 2S, 2RBI; Mohn S, RBI; Jones D, S, RBI; Williams S, RBI; Krantz 3S, Woodward S.