The local contingent came through with a 13-3 win over visiting Maumee in eight innings at Perkins High School to improve to 30-9 overall.
After returning from Adrian, Mich. last Sunday, Post 83 had three mid-week games scheduled that were each rained out during this week’s severe storms.
Sandusky hosts Pemberville at 2 p.m. today in a makeup game from Thursday.
“It was a long layoff for us, but it was good for the kids to get a break,” Post 83 coach Bobby Palsa said. “I think some sore arms got healthy, and in general it allowed some kids to recharge a bit. But going into the district (Tuesday), it was important to get some games in so we weren’t flat.”
Leading 4-3 entering the fifth inning, Sandusky scored five runs in the bottom half of the fifth and added four more in the bottom of the eighth.
In the fifth, Kyle Feyedelem (St. Mary C.C.) led off with a single and was sacrifice bunted over to second by Mason McWilliams (Seneca East). He then scored off an RBI single by Alex Manner (Bellevue) for a 5-3 lead.
With two outs, Zach Butler (Plymouth) and Kyle Fluharty (Heidelberg/Willard) each walked, and Quinten Harrington (Perkins) followed with a single Devin Dubbert (Perkins) was hit by a pitch, bringing in a run to make it 6-3.
Alex Walts (Amherst) then brought in another run on an RBI single and Ryan Reed (Rossford) capped the inning with a two-run double and a 9-3 advantage.
Thane Walton (Perkins) pitched two innings and allowed one run on one hit to earn the win. He struck out three and walked four. McWilliams pitched two innings and allowed one run on one hit, striking out five and walking three.
Noah Asmus (Rossford) pitched the last four scoreless innings, allowing three hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
“Today was a good day with some really good pitching with three different guys,” Palsa said. “We want everyone ready to go for districts. Although Mason and Thane struggled with control, they both only gave up one hit and minimized the run damage to put us in a good spot.
“We were able to get a good cushion after the fifth. We got good pitching, good defense and some timely hitting and we found success today.”
After facing Pemberville today, Post 83 will look to win the 5th district championship for the sixth time in the past seven years.
Sandusky earned a bye in the winner’s bracket, and will await the winner of Fremont-Medina at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tiffin University’s Heminger Field.
“Pemberville has a real nice team that beat us at the tournament in Chillicothe,” Palsa said. “It would be nice to get a win against them going into the tournament.”