Post 79 wins in a rout
Fourteen consecutive runners reached base in the top of the ninth inning as St. Marys Post 79 scored 11 times en route to a 14-4 victory over the Herb Baseball Academy Friday night at Don Schaly Stadium.
Trailing 4-3 heading to the final frame, SM strung together eight basehits and took advantage of six base-on-balls to turn the one-run deficit into a double-digit lead.
St. Marys struck first in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by left fielder Luke Cooper, but Herb scored three unearned runs in the last half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead.
Post 79 committed a pair of errors in the second to extend the inning and Herb third baseman Romy Casey made them pay with a two-out, two-run single.
St. Marys scored an unearned run of their own in the third inning to trim the lead to one but Herb answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third off of SM starting pitcher Tyler Davis to stretch the lead to 4-2.
Ty Lemley collected four basehits in the game for Post 79 including an RBI single in the fourth inning that scored Tony Drazba and cut the lead to 4-3.
Both Davis and Herb starting pitcher Michael Simonette settled down after struggling in the early innings as each pitcher held their opposition scoreless until the pivotal final inning.
St. Marys committed four errors in the first three innings but outstanding defensive plays by Drazba at second base, Hayden Hizer at shortstop, and Cooper in left field in the later innings were instrumental in keeping Herb off the score board the rest of the way.
Michael Stout pitched a scoreless eighth inning for SM setting up the big final inning.
Stout singled and Hizer followed with a walk to open the ninth for Post 79 and Herb elected to remove Simonette from the mound in favor of Tyler Parsons.
Robbie Harper drew another base-on-balls to load the bases and catcher Jarrod Lough sent St. Marys in front with a two-run double into the gap in left center field.
After Zach Heasley walked, Davis and Drazba followed with two-run basehits to extend the lead to 9-4 and the rout was on.
By the time the inning was over, Herb was forced to to use four pitchers to finally get out of the inning.
Stout allowed a pair of Herb baserunners in the final inning but struck out Casey to end the game. St. Marys pounded out a total of 16 basehits in the game with four different hitters collecting at least two RBI.
Stout fanned five in his two scoreless innings of relief to claim the victory, while Simonette was saddled with the loss.