Post 86 slips past Post 740

TORONTO – Teams that finish games with just one hit rarely come out on top.

The Toronto Post 86 baseball team is one of those rare teams that did just that.

Toronto took advantage of multiple mistakes by Richmond Post 740 en route to rallying for a 4-3 victory Thursday night at the Knight Baseball Complex.

“We ran the bases well,” Toronto (3-5) head coach Steve Sninchak said. “We made things happen when we had to. Their pitcher pitched a good game. He kept us off-balance the whole game. We took advantage of a couple of miscues.”

Post 740 committed four errors in the loss.

“Brian (Flack) pitched a good game,” Richmond (5-6) assistant coach Gary Richards said. “He pitched pretty well. We did not hit well. We made mistakes, and that cost us the game.

“I think we should have won the game.”

Tyler Owens struck out four and walked one in getting the victory.

“Tyler pitched a real good game,” said Sninchak. “It was not our best hitting day, but we were able to manufacture some runs. We did what we had to do.

“Their pitcher did a nice job.”

Shortstop Blaze Glenn singled for Toronto’s lone hit of the game, while Jarin McIntosh ended up with an RBI.

Flack struck out three while issuing four free passes in 5 innings. Austin Horan came on to pitch with one out in the sixth inning. He recorded the final two outs of the inning.

Post 740 tallied seven hits. Tanner Wise recorded two singles and two RBIs, Joe Nave ended up with a single and a double and Tyler Krantz collected a single and an RBI.

After four scoreless innings, Post 740 plated two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Wise and Krantz drove in runs with back-to-back run-scoring singles in the stanza.

Toronto tallied its first run in the home half of the inning.

With one out, Chez Glenn bunted and reached on an error. He eventually scored on a delayed steal of home to cut Post 86’s deficit to 2-1.

The victors tacked on three more runs in the sixth.

Jay Lane led off the inning by drawing a walk and advanced to third on an error on a pick-off attempt. Richmond appealed on the play saying Lane missed second base on the play, but the throw to second base was off target allowing Lane to run home to tie the score at 2. When the visitors eventually got the ball to second base, the field umpire ruled Lane had indeed touched the bag allowing the run to count.

Blaze Glenn followed with a base hit. He scored the go-ahead run three batters later when McIntosh laid down a squeeze bunt.

Nate Stewart who walked with one out, scored when he stole home as part of a double steal to give Toronto a 4-2 lead.

Post 740 plated another run in the seventh on Wise’s second run-scoring single of the game, but it was not enough to extend the contest.

“We have some speed,” Sninchak said. “We run the bases well. It was not much of a game until the last two innings. It was not exciting.

“The boys played hard.”

Richmond is scheduled to play again at 6 p.m. tonight at home against Coshocton. Toronto is scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against Coshocton back at the KBC.