Two days after a magical comeback against Coal Grove, the Portsmouth Trojans found themselves in another OVC conference game on Wednesday evening in Chesapeake.
Unlike Monday, the Trojans were unable to gain another conference victory. The Panthers broke a seventh inning tie to win the game against the Trojans, 4-3.
Portsmouth struck first on Wednesday, getting one run in the top of the first inning. After Dylan Mullins reached first on a fielder’s choice, Zach DeLotell was walked to put runners on first and second base. The next batter, Reese Johnson, was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Vincent Schwamberger came up to the plate with two outs and a runner on every base. Schwamberger took the first pitch for a ball, and then sent the next pitch into left field, bringing in Mullins, to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first inning the Panthers came out swinging, getting two runs to cross the plate.
After one inning, the Panthers held a 2-1 lead over the Trojans.
Chesapeake added to their lead in the second inning. The Panthers started the inning by getting two outs from the first two batters. The third batter took his first pitch to left field for a double, which was then followed by a walk. Chesapeake got one run in after a single to take a 3-1 lead, as the second inning came to an end.
Another run wouldn’t score until the top of the seventh inning. Trailing 3-1, the Trojans desperately needed to score some runs.
Portsmouth started their half of the seventh inning with a fly out, which was then followed by Johnson getting hit by a pitch. After a strike out gave Portsmouth its second out of the inning, hopes of a Portsmouth comeback looked bleak, but Ty Oliver gave the Portsmouth faithful a refueling of hope.
Oliver worked a full count into a walk to put runners on first and second, as Zach Bayse came to the plate. Bayse hit a pitch to the Chesapeake right fielder who was unable to field it properly, allowing both Johnson and Oliver to score.
The Trojans tied the game 3-3, after their two runs in the seventh. As long as they could prevent the Panthers from scoring in the bottom of the seventh, the Trojans would force extra innings.
Unfortunately for Portsmouth, Chesapeake was able to get a run in, ending the game and stopping a potential Portsmouth rally, with a 4-3 win over the Trojans.