MINFORD - Post 23 looked to its entire lineup for the offense Monday night.
Getting seven hits from six of its batters, and an RBI each from two more, Post 23 pulled away to an 8-2 victory against Post 757 at Minford. By contrast, the blue and white allowed just three hits, and kept Colts' batters off the basepaths for most of the night.
Half of those runs, including the game-winner on a balk, came in the bottom of the fourth, when Post 23 broke open a 2-2 tie.
“As much as anything else, I think it was a matter of us being patient at the plate,” said Post 23 coach Jack Branon. “I think we were really selective and we got some bases on balls, put the ball in play, made them play a little bit and took advantage of the opportunities.”
Dustin Cook led the way on the mound for Post 23, giving up three hits while striking out five. Post 757 was able to cross the plate twice in the top of the third to tie the game at two, but Cook would retire the next three batters to get out of the inning.
Cook would allow just five base runners over the final four innings.
“The defense did a great job,” said Cook. “There were a lot of balls put in play, and they made a lot of great plays for me. They played outstanding. I just threw the ball across the plate, they hit it, and just about everything they fielded cleanly and got the guys out.”
Cook helped himself at the plate, going 1 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Matt Harcha led the way for Post 23 at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Jared Farmer added a hit and two RBI, and Adam Wamsley was 1 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI. John Harcha went 1 for 3 with two runs scored and Zach Bukiewicz was 1 for 4. Bryan White and Kylon Crabtree added an RBI apiece for Post 23.
The blue and white also took advantage of four Colts' errors.
“It's just a matter of trying to play the game the right way, (and) doing things the right way,” said Branon. “You are not always going to hit four home runs in a game. We've had games where we've hit three home runs or so, but that's not always going to happen. You've got to do some other things, and I thought that our guys did a nice job of just getting on base, making things happen, (and) being patient at the plate.”
The win improves Post 23's record to 15-8 on the season. The team will play host to the Chillicothe Blaze on Wednesday at Minford in a doubleheader.
Post 757 002 000 0 - 2 3 4
Post 23 200 402 x - 8 7 2
WP: Dustin Cook. LP: Zach Kingsolver.
Post 757 - Cody Speakman 1-3 R; Chaz Bower 1-3; Clay Dennewitz 1-3.
Post 23 - Matt Harcha 2-3 R; Dustin Cook 1-2 2R, RBI; Jared Farmer 1-1 2 RBI; John Harcha 1-3 2R; Adam Wamsley 1-2 2R, RBI; Zach Bukiewicz 1-4; Bryan White RBI; Kylon Crabtree RBI.
Records - Post 23 15-8; Post 757 12-7.