“We challenged the kids not to leave without a win,” the Sandusky Post 83 coach said. “We weren’t going to give up two.”
Behind the arm of Plymouth’s Zach Butler, Post 83 (5-3) beat Ashland 4-1.
“Obviously from the scores, there was not a whole lot of run production from either team,” Palsa said. “We played two really tight games. There was just outstanding pitching in the first game. We struggled. Their kid has us off-balanced and threw a great fastball.” In the second game, it was Butler keeping Ashland off-balanced.
“We knew we could be confident with Zach Butler and could expect a good performance from him,” Palsa said. “We put two runs up early and Zach did a phenomonal job at shutting them down. Alex Manner (Bellevue) came in (in the seventh inning) and slammed the door shut.”
Butler gave up two hits, no runs, walked six and struck out 11.
Manner gave up two hits, a run and struck out one. Amherst’s Alex Walts stepped up in the top of the seventh with a single to start the Post 83 lineup off right. Manner lined out to the pitcher but Perkins’ Seth Bryant smacked out a double that scored Walts.
Willard’s Kyle Fluharty drove in Bryant with a double. Fluharty finished 2 for 3 with an RBI.
In the first game, Thane Walton was the lead hitter with two hits and two runs scored.