Sour is the taste of defeat.
Especially, when it signifies the end of a season.
Sandusky American Legion Post 83 once again battled back from an early deficit for the third straight day in the Region 3 tournament, but saw its summer come to an end with a 13-6 loss to Galion-Mansfield in Thursday’s championship finals played at Heidelberg University’s Peaceful Valley Complex.
Post 83, which finishes its season 13-18, had to beat Galion (22-8) twice to advance to the Ohio American Legion state tournament.
The culprit on Thursday, much like in Tuesday’s 16-5 loss to the same team, was a crooked number against it on the scoreboard.
“Galion is good. That’s a team that put up 29 runs in 17 innings against us,” Sandusky coach Bobby Palsa said. “I don’t think that was by fluke. The scouting report on them was they’re a team that can swing the bats, and that’s what they did.”
Galion led 4-0 after two innings, before Post 83 came back with two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.
But it didn’t last for long.
Galion scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull ahead 10-5.
“Kyle Young (Perkins) only had one bad inning on the mound for us,” Palsa said. “We hung in there. We fought back and the kids played hard up till the end.
“Unfortunately, to go like this leaves a sour taste in the mouth,” he continued. “But for us to make it to the championship finals after the summer we’ve had, says a lot about this group.”
Kyle Feyedelem (St. Mary C.C.), Thane Walton (Perkins) and Jake Strayer (Bellevue) each had two hits for Sandusky. Strayer drove in two runs, while Feyedelem and Walton scored two apiece.