Beverly/Lowell falls to state champ Circleville
LANCASTER — Another wild summer has come to a close for Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750.
For the second straight year, the Washington County legion baseball team finished as the Ohio state runner-up, falling to state champion Circleville 4-2 Saturday at Beavers Field.
Beverly/Lowell finished the season 36-10 while Circleville improved to 34-9 and will head to the regional tournament Aug. 6 in Toledo.
“This team has overcome so much adversity,” Beverly/Lowell skipped Todd Engle said Saturday.
Brett Gandee got the nod on the mound for Post 389/750 and allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings pitched. He gave the team everything he had, but Circleville lefty Nick Salyer had just a little bit more.
Salyer went the distance, allowing two runs and four hits while fanning seven to earn the victory. After allowing a run in each of the first two innings, Salyer was dominant the rest of the way.
Clayton Cook’s RBI single in the first inning gave Beverly/Lowell an early 1-0 lead. The margin grew to two in the second inning when Luke Nelson scored on a double steal.
Circleville got both runs back in the bottom of the second on Lane Larson’s two-run base hit. The state champs went ahead the next inning on a wild pitch and added an insurance run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly.
Konnor Roberts relieved Gandee and got the final two outs in the sixth to keep it at 4-2.
Beverly/Lowell got its first two batters on base in the top of the seventh, but Salyer closed the door to end the tournament.
Tate Engle, Cook, Nate Brothers and Nelson all had hits for Beverly/Lowell. Drew Huffman and Nelson scored the team’s two runs.
Beverly/Lowell 6, Lancaster 2
Earlier Saturday, Beverly/Lowell kept its tournament hopes alive with a 6-2 victory over Lancaster Post 11 in an elimination game
Brent West and Kurt Taylor combined on the mound to hold Lancaster to two runs.
The game was tied 2-all after two innings. Both teams were scoreless in the third and fourth before Beverly/Lowell put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take control.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Nelson scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Tate Engle then scored on Tyler Bradford’s sacrifice fly, and later two runs scored on Tanner Neal’s infield single.
Lancaster had held a 2-1 lead in the second, but Engle tied things up with an RBI single.