Post 83 splits at Erie tournament

Post 83 coach Bobby Palsa knew his team would have its hands full with Pemberville during the Albion/Millcreek Invitational in Erie, Pa. Staff
Jun 16, 2013

After an emotional 6-4 win over Albion to start the day Saturday, Post 83 didn’t have enough left to keep up in the second game of the day and fell to Pemberville 3-0 in the round-robin tourney.

“This was definitely going to be a battle,” Palsa said. “We knew it from start. In baseball, anybody will tell you after an emotional win it’s hard to come back and duplicate that level of play and enthusiasm.

“We might have been flat in the second game.”

Both teams entered Saturday’s nightcap undefeated in the tourney and sporting 11-3 season records.

Pemberville scored a run in the first inning and two more in the sixth.

Zach Butler (Plymouth) suffered his first loss of the season from the mound.

In seven innings of work, Butler struck out 14, walked two, gave up five hits and three runs.

“We were confident in pitching Zach (Butler),” Palsa said. “We knew he would throw a great game and he did but their kid threw a little better.” Devin Dubbert (Perkins) had a big hit fly foul that Palsa said might have changed the game. “(Kyle) Fluharty (Heidelberg/Willard) started off with a walk and then Dubbert had a hit that went about 340 feet out and missed going over the fence by about two feet,” he said. “That could have given us the momentum that we needed and might have changed the game.”

Seth Bryant (Perkins) and Alex Walts (Amherst) each had a hit while Fluharty went 2 for 2. In the first game Saturday, Post 83 saw a 2-0 lead quickly change to a 3-2 deficit in the top of the sixth inning.

“Albion threw a left-handed pitcher at us who really did a fantastic job and kept us off balance during the first five innings,” Palsa said. “He had a very deceptive move to home and really controlled our running game.” Luke Fraley (Perkins) singled to kick off the bottom of the sixth and reached second when Matt Clark (Perkins) put down a bunt for a hit. Noah Asmus (Rossford) followed up with another bunt to load the bases with no outs.

Walts’ sac fly drove in Fraley and then Quinten Harrington (Perkins) smacked a two-run single to score Clark and Asmus. Fluharty finished with a sac fly to bring in Walts.

“That was a huge inning for us,” Palsa said. “We bounced back and got back on top. Kyle went out there and slammed the door in the seventh.”

Albion got another run on the board in the seventh.

Fluharty took home the win after 11 strikeouts, one walk, nine hits and four runs through seven innings.

“He did fantastic today,” Palsa said of Fluharty. “He gave up some runs in the sixth and seventh but that was probably because he was tired. 11 strikeouts and only one walk is fantastic.”

Harrington went 3 for 4 and scored two runs while Fraley, Clark, and Asmus had a hit and each scored a run.