Post 33’s season comes to an end with pair of losses

TOUGH ENDING — Clayton Criss and his Jefferson County Post 33 teammates saw their season come to an end Tuesday in the Region 7 tournament final with two losses to Cowle Post 151. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

COSHOCTON — The Jefferson County Post 33 Legion baseball team’s season came to an end on Tuesday in the Ohio Region 7 tournament final with a pair of losses to Cowle Post 151.

Jefferson County, which was the No. 2 seed, entered Tuesday as the last team remaining without a loss in the tournament. That changed as No. 4 seed Post 151 hung on to win the opener, 6-5, forcing a winner-take-all second game, Cowle won the deciding game, 11-4, to end Post 33’s season and move on to the state tournament.

In the first game, Post 151 scored four runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead. After Post 33 got on the board with a run in the bottom half, Cowle made it 5-1 in the second inning.

Jefferson County came charging back, scoring once in the bottom of the third and two run in the bottom of the fourth, eventually tying the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth.

Post 151 re-took the lead in the top of the seventh, though, and hung on to force the nightcap.

In the opener, Clayton Criss had two hits and two RBIs, while Andrew Kinney had two hits. Luke Zorne, Alec McBane and Dom DeFrances each had an RBI.

Trevor Boggess started and only went 1/3 of an inning, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits with four walks and no strikeouts. Ryan Neely replaced him and pitched the final 6 2/3 innings, ultimately taking the loss. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, struck out five and walked two.

In the deciding game, Cowle again got a big, early lead, this time going up 4-0 in the top of the second after a scoreless first inning.

Jefferson County got on the board in the bottom half with a run to make it 4-1, but Post 151 added three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 7-1 lead. Both teams added a run in the sixth inning, before Cowle extended the lead to 11-2 with a three-run top of the seventh.

Post 33 used four pitchers. George Ash started and took the loss, pitching 4 1/3 innings allowing seven runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Anthony Sinicropi replaced him and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits with a strikeout and a walk. Andrew Kinney went 1/3 of an inning, allowing three runs with a strikeout and two walks, while Evan Lewis went the final 2/3 of an inning allowing no runs on two hits.

Jefferson County scored two runs in the bottom half, but could not get any closer as its season comes to a close.

Criss had two hits (a double and a triple) for two RBIs, Zorne had two hits and Klay Cottis two hits. McBane also had an RBI.

Post 33 ends the season at 39-9-1.

Cowle 6, Jefferson County 5

Cowle 4-1-0 0-0-0 1 — 6-5-4

Jefferson County 1-0-1 2-1-0 0 — 5-7-2

COWLE: Newell (4 1/3IP, 5R, 3ER, 5H, 2K, 3BB), Susnik (WP, 2 2/3IP, 0R, 2H, 4K, 1BB).

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Boggess (1/3IP, 4R, 3ER, 2H, 0K, 4BB), Neely (LP, 6 2/3IP, 2R, 1ER, 3H, 5K, 2BB).

TWO OR MORE HITS: Cowle (Susnik 2); Jefferson County (Criss 2, Kinney 2). DOUBLES: None. TRIPLES: None. HOME RUNS: Cowle 1 (Susnik); Jefferson County none. RBIs: Cowle 5 (Susnik 2, Boruszowski, Reichek, Houghtaling); Jefferson County 5 (Criss 2, Zorne, McBane, DeFrances).

Cowle 11, Jefferson County 4

Cowle 0-4-0 3-0-1 3 — 11-12-1

Jefferson County 0-1-0 0-0-1 2 — 4-8-2

COWLE: Susnik (WP, 2IP, 1R, 0ER, 0H, 3K, 3BB), Morris (5IP, 3R, 3ER, 8H, 3K, 3BB).

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Ash (LP, 4 1/3IP, 7R, 7ER, 8H, 3K, 2BB), Sinicropi (1 2/3IP, 1R, 0ER, 2H, 1K, 1BB), Kinney (1/3IP, 3R, 3ER, 0H, 1K, 2BB), Lewis (2/3IP, 0R, 2H, 0K, 0BB).

TWO OR MORE HITS: Cowle (Boruszowski 2, Susnik 3, Zappitelli 2); Jefferson County (Zorne 2, Criss 2, Cottis 2). DOUBLES: Cowle 2 (Newell, Susnik); Jefferson County 1 (Criss). TRIPLES: Cowle none; Jefferson County 1 (Criss). HOME RUNS: Cowle 1 (Susnik); Jefferson County none. RBIs: Cowle 11 (Boruszowski 2, Newell 2, Susnik 4, Zappitelli 2, Morris); Jefferson County 3 (Criss 2, McBane).