Post 83 treated Wednesday's game against fellow state-qualifier Strongsville as an exhibition.
The bad news: Strongville scored a 14-3 victory in five innings.
The good news: Pitcher Adam Manner, a 2011 Bellevue graduate, threw for the first time this summer since he strained an elbow in the spring exactly two months ago.
"We didn't look very good tonight, but it's hard to get up for an exhibition game," Post 83 associate coach Mike Shepherd said. "But based on the last nine games -- five at the district and four in Michigan -- I feel that we're ready for state and we're going to go in there and battle and compete."
Manner was the starting pitcher in Bellevue's win against Lexington on May 20 in the Division II District Semifinal at Galion. He left midway through.
Wednesday was the first game he pitched since the injury. Manner faced one batter, and got him to fly out.
"It was promising. He threw as good a changeup to that one batter than any of our pitchers have all summer," Shepherd said. "There's a good chance he could throw at state."
The team won't know it's state tournament schedule until it arrives Sunday in Lancaster.
Shepherd said he has not determined it's starter for Monday, but it would likely be Robert Fravel (Port Clinton) or Kyle Fluharty (Willard). Fravel is 9-1 this summer, while Fluharty is 3-1.
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