Sandusky Register Sports Staff
Aug 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM
When opportunity arose, the Sandusky American Legion Post 83 baseball team couldn’t capitalize.
Despite multiple chances offensively, Post 83 came up a run short in a 3-2 loss vs. unbeaten Port Clinton Post 113 in a game played at Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic. With the loss, Post 83 dropped to 3-2, and are scheduled to visit Bucyrus at 6 p.m. today.
Port Clinton scored a run in the second, and two in the third — which proved to be enough for starter Zack Yeckley (SJCC).
Trailing 3-0, Post 83 managed to score two runs in the seventh to pull within one.
Quentin Harrington (Perkins 2013) led off with a single, and Trey Gluth (Port Clinton) walked. Bellevue’s Jake Strayer then came through with a single to score Harrington and make it a 3-1 deficit.
In the theme of the night, Thane Walton (Perkins) then lined a ball to center, but it was hit a bit too hard and was caught, forcing both runners to stay put.
However, both runners were able to move into scoring position off a wild pitch with Austin Huffman (Perkins) batting. Hoffman then hit a ground out to score one more run to make it 3-2, but Sandusky wasn’t able to bring in the tying run that was 90 feet away. In the eighth inning, Post 83 loaded the bases with one out, but Strayer hit a ball straight back up the middle, and it didn’t go through, allowing Port Clinton to turn the double play.
“I give a lot of credit to Port Clinton, they played a very nice game,” Sandusky coach Bobby Palsa said. “Defensively, they were solid. They had one error, but it wasn’t until the seventh inning. The Yeckley kid really kept us off-balance … he struck out six in the first five innings, so he was doing a real nice job.
“Finally in the seventh we were able to put up a couple of runs and it was a ballgame, but we couldn’t quite get that next bit hit we needed” he added. “Jake (Strayer) has been our hottest hitter, and that was just a tough spot for us there in the eighth”
Mason McWilliams (Seneca East) took the loss for Post 83. He pitched the first six innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He walked six and struck out five.
“Mason didn’t have his best stuff today with six walks,” Palsa said of his Ohio University commit. “That’s not what you usually get from him, but was just a little off today. But he was still able to keep them to three runs and give us a chance to win a game”
Walton pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning for Sandusky, while Harrington and Strayer were both 2 for 4 offensively.
“Thane came in and shut them out for two innings, and again gave us a chance to win the game late,” Palsa said. “Give a lot of credit to them for playing a good game. We just didn’t hit it like we had hoped to today”
Sandusky 000 000 200 — 2 6 0
Port Clinton 012 000 000 — 3 7 1
WP: Yeckley; LP: McWilliams