17U Black falls to Tallahassee

Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 4, 2015

Coming off day one of the Freedom Classic with a 1-1 record, Post 70 American Legion 17U Black team fell to Tallahassee Post 13 16-1 in the first game on Friday.

“I think we got a little over confident,” Coach Nick Collins said. “We went out there and pitched well in that first inning and got some quick outs. I think we were too confident, but at the end of the day they have a great team, they made the adjustments and we didn’t. We were ahead of that kid all day; we were reaching and diving at everything. We just didn’t adjust.”

McKenzie Hicks started the game for Troy, shutting down Post 13 offense in the first inning.

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Troy scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning. Logan Thompson opened the game with a ringing double. Thompson moved up a base to third on a past ball later in the inning.

With one out in the inning John Kelsoe drove a pitch to right field scoring Thompson from first base.

After Hicks’ breeze of a first inning, he got into some quick trouble in the second. Post 13 tacked on five runs in the inning on just two hits.

Evan Hamilton got the inning started, reaching first base on error by Hunter Jones. After a Richard Ruth walk, Ryan Day came up and singled scoring Hamilton for their first run on the game.

After a strikeout by Garrett Swier, and a walk by Chance Carter, Preston Kolke cleared the bases with a three-run double scoring Ruth, Day, and Carter. Post 13 closed out the second with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nothdorft, scoring Kolke.

“Went you look at the two starters on paper, I would say we had the better starter,” Collins said. “I think he (Hicks) was a little frustrated today. He was a little out of sort, and didn’t have the same rhythm. He just had a bad day, but he had a bad day against a good team.”

Hicks came out and pitched in the second inning, and was able to retire one batter before he was lifted for Connor Davis.

Post 13 sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning, and scored a total of six runs.

With Hamilton and Ruth both on base, Day singled driving in both runners. It was Day’s third RBI of the game.

Swier, Carter, Kolke, and Nothdorft all had four consecutive run scoring hits to give Post 13 an 11-1 lead.

Caldwell closed the scoring in the inning with an infield base hit scoring Nothdorft from third.

The scoring didn’t stop there; Post 13 tacked on five more runs in the top half of the fourth inning.

With Ruth and Day both on base with walks, Carter came up and singled scoring both runners for Tallahassee. Nothdorft continued his hitting ways and once again reached on a base hit scoring both Swier, who reached on a base hit, and carter. Caldwell finished the scoring with a double scoring Nothdorft.

The offense for Troy lacked all daylong, Post 70 finished their first game with a combine two hits, both of them in the first inning.

“We have to do a better job at making in game adjustments, Collins said. “The game itself, there is not a lot you can take away from it. We need to hustle and do some baseball things better.”