EAST SPRINGFIELD Playing at Richmond brings out the best in Cadiz.
Helped by 10 walks, three hit batters and three errors, Post 34 ended up pulling away from Post 740 en route to a 10-4 victory, in a scheduled nine-inning American Legion baseball game Thursday evening.
Cadiz (6-17) defeated Richmond, 13-3, in six innings back on June 23.
"Playing here seems to work out pretty good for us," Cadiz manager Jerry Graham said. "The kids were relaxed, and they hit the ball. There was no pressure on them."
Post 740 gave up too many free bases to Post 34 throughout the game.
Richmond (10-23) used four pitchers in the game.
Brain Flack earned a no decision. Flack pitched the first four innings. He finished with one strikeout and five walks. Troy Fairclough came on to pitch in the fifth. Fairclough took the loss. He struck out two and walked one.
Tanner Evans replaced Fairclough in the eighth inning. Evans, who pitched into the ninth, did not record a strikeout while issuing three free passes. Clay Woodward relieved Evans in the ninth with no outs and the bases loaded. Woodward retired all three batters he faced. He did not strike out or walk a batter.
"The big thing was we struggled to throw strikes except for Clay," Richmond manager Sam Davis said. "Clay did a real-nice job.
Cadiz also used four pitchers in the game.
"We have the tournament coming up," Graham said. "We have some things we wanted to work on in the game, and Sam did the same.
"We went into the game with the full intention of using three or four pitchers. We wanted to get them loose. They hadn't thrown in several days."
Brennan Graves started the game and ended up with a no decision. Graves struck out one and walked three. Chase Hopkins came on to pitch in the fourth. He ended up picking up the win in relief. Hopkins did not record a strikeout while walking one in his three innings of work.
Eric Williams came on to pitch in the seventh. Williams did not record a strikeout while issuing four free passes. Dustin Redish replaced Williams with two outs in the ninth. He threw one pitch which resulted in a game-ending groundout to third base.
"They threw well," Graham said. "No one was in any trouble. We had a few walks, but they got the ball across the plate for the most part."
Offensively, Post 34 outhit Post 740, 9-8, on the day.
For Post 34, Williams tallied two singles and four RBI. Matt Dunfee finished with three singles and two RBI and Nick Staten and Redish each singled and added an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Also, Hopkins belted a triple, Dustin Brown ended up with an RBI and Tyler Redish singled.
For Post 740, Evans singled twice and had an RBI, Flack finished with a single and two RBI and Woodward delivered a run-scoring single. Also, Austin Horan ended up with two singles and Matt Johnson also singled.
Richmond gave Cadiz a run in the fifth.
With one out, Dunfee and Staten tallied back-to-back singles. Dustin Brown followed with a fly out to center, but the return thrown ended up rolling out of play to the Richmond dugout allowing Dunfee to score enabling Cadiz to regain the lead at 3-2.
Post 34 plated two more runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 5-2. Williams singled home a run to increase the visitors lead to 4-2, and then Dustin Redish plated a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
Post 740 plated two more runs in the home half of the inning to pull back to within one run. Evans plated a run with a base hit to cut the hosts deficit to 5-3, and then Flack followed with a run-scoring single of his own to make it 5-4.
Post 34 plated five runs in the final two innings to break the game open. Cadiz scored three runs in the eighth to increase its lead to 8-4, and the visitors tacked on two more in the ninth to make it 10-4.
Both teams play today on the road. Richmond is scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. at Coshocton in a nine-inning game. Cadiz will play at 6:30 p.m. at Toronto.
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C-Groves (1K, 3W), Hopkins wp (4), (0K, 1W), Williams (7), (0K, 4W), D. Redish (9), (0K, 0W) and T. Redish; Hopkins T, Williams 2S, 4rbi; D. Redish S, rbi; Dunfee 3S, 2rbi; Staten S, rbi; Brown rbi,
R-Flack (1K, 5W), Fairclough lp (5), (1K, 2W), Evans (8), (0K, 3W), Woodward (9), (0K, 0W) and Scott; Horan 2S; Evans 2S, rbi; Woodward S, rbi; Flack S, 2rbi.