TORONTO - One look at the hits column on the scoreboard told a different story than what had just transpired.
The Cadiz and Coshocton baseball teams each produced 13 hits, but Post 65 plated at least one run in five-straight innings to rally from an early four-run deficit en route to a 16-5 victory over Post 34 in seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader in the Region 7 American Legion Baseball Tournament Tuesday evening at the Knight Baseball Complex.
"You're exactly right," Cadiz (10-11) head coach Brandt Mazeroski said about the hits column telling a different story. "Look at the E column. Our seven errors killed us. You can't have that in the district tournament. You can't have seven errors and expect to win in Legion baseball, especially in the district tournament."
The shorthanded Post 34 team was also hurt by 10 walks and four hit batters. Cadiz played the game with only nine players.
"We were shorthanded," Mazeroski said. "We were missing players because of injuries and work and stuff like that. We had to make do with what we had. We had nine players here today, and that shows where their hearts are at."
Coshocton (19-16) moves on in the winner's bracket, while Cadiz drops to the loser's bracket and will take on Toronto Post 86 at 4 p.m. today in Toronto.
"We had four hit batters and seven errors," Mazeroski said. "You can't win like that."
After a scoreless first inning, Post 34 plated four runs in the top of the second stanza to take an early 4-0 lead. Cadiz scored four runs in the frame with just one RBI.
With one out, Eric Williams walked and Ryan Rose singled. Next, Nick Patrone reached on a bunt, and Williams and Rose scored when the throw sailed past first base and down the line in right field. Later, Patrone scored on a wild pitch to put Post 34 up 3-0, and Jonathan Borkoski plated Dalton Rutter, who also reached safely on a bunt, with a double making the score 4-0.
The lead did not last long.
Coshocton came right back to score four runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score. The first run scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Troyer, the second run scored on a single by Dyson Bowman, which bounced off the diving centerfielder's glove in left-center. The third run scored when Ryan Lowe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and the fourth run crossed the plate when Gavin Gray drew a bases-loaded walk.
Post 65 plated five runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. The inning was twice delayed by lightning.
The first delay was for 14 minutes, and it came with Coshocton leading the game, 6-4, as Borkoski was taking his warm-up pitches after replacing Pelegreen on the mound. The second delay last 15 minutes, and it came with Post 65 leading the game, 9-4.
The victors extended their lead to 12-4 with three runs in the fourth.
Cadiz cut its deficit to 12-5 when David Brown belted a solo home run in the fifth. Unfortunately for Post 34, the home run was not enough to turn the tide.
Coshocton scored three more runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to close out the scoring in the game.
"We have got to move on," Mazeroski said. "It is either win tomorrow and move on or lose and go home and I will see you next year unless your time here is done."
Coshocton will play Alliance in a winner's bracket game at 7 p.m.
Coshocton 16, Cadiz 5
Cadiz 040 010 0 - 5 13 7
Coshocton 045 331 x - 16 13 1
CADIZ (10-11) Pelegreen (LP, 2IP, 1K, 5BB), Borkoski (1 1/3IP, 2K, 2BB) and Rose (2 2/3IP, 6K, 3BB) and Williams; Hopkins S; Borkoski D, RBI; Chlon 3S; Brown HR, RBI; Williams S; Rose 3S; 2S.
COSHOCTON (19-16): Bowman (WP, 4IP, 7K, 3BB), Cantrell (2IP, 1K, 1BB), Gray (1IP, 1K, 2BB) and Lowe; Wood S, D, RBI; Troyer HR, 4 RBI; Bowman S, RBI; Grove S, D, 2 RBI; Lowe 3S, 3RBI; Gray RBI; Sensabaugh S; Watters 2S, D, RBI.