LANCASTER, Ohio — It was Lancaster’s Beavers Field, but the Pomeroy Post 39 American Legion baseball team left a lot of ducks on the pond.
That’s because Post 39 stranded a staggering 15 baserunners, and allowed a pair of multiple-run innings on Monday, en route to suffering a 7-2 8th District Legion League loss at Lancaster.
With the defeat, in fact, Post 39 — after blanking Parkersburg Post 15 in its season-opening tilt on June 5 — has now lost its last 10.
Monday’s loss left Pomeroy with an 0-3 mark in the 8th District Legion League, having also lost at Athens and against Jackson.
Lancaster scored two earned runs on three hits in the second inning, but Post 39 trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with an unearned run in the fourth.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh, when Lancaster let loose for five consecutive singles to center-field to lead off the frame — resulting in four earned runs and a 6-1 advantage.
Post 39’s only error led to an unearned run, and the seventh point for Post 11, as Pomeroy posted a run on three hits in the ninth to make it 7-2.
It even got a bit interesting in the ninth, as a two-out walk to Trey Pickens by Lancaster relief pitcher Braden Heston loaded the bases with the tying run on deck.
But Heston, in his only inning of action, recorded his third and final strikeout to end the game.
While the Pomeroy post pounded out a dozen hits, and reached base via four Lancaster errors, it only accounted for two runs while stranding an astonishing 15.
Post 39 left two runners on in the first, third, fourth, sixth and eighth innings — while leaving one aboard in the fifth and seventh, before the bases loaded in the ninth.
Pomeroy also made a pair of momentum-killing base-running mistakes, losing the lead runner for the second out in the third — and for the initial out in the seventh.
Both runners were tagged out between third and home, as the inability to tie the game at 2-2 in the seventh set up the five-run five-hit Lancaster outburst in the bottom half.
As Post 39 pitcher Cameron Mattox worked strong into the seventh, Lancaster led off with five consecutive singles to center-field — capped off by a two-run baseknock by Derek Short.
At that point, Cameron Richmond relieved Mattox, as he hit Isaac Smith with a pitch — before Brice Deible reached on the error to make it 7-1.
Mattox officially pitched six full frames, allowing all seven runs on 15 hits and a second-inning walk to Short.
He struck out two, while Richmond faced eight batters in his two innings of work, giving up back-to-back infield hits to lead off the eighth.
Speaking of eight, Post 11 starting pitcher Anthony Selhorst went that many strong, allowing the lone unearned run along with nine hits.
Selhorst struck out six, despite hitting Jesse Morris with a pitch in the sixth while walking Mattox to lead off the eighth.
In an overall cleanly-played contest, both starters retired the sides in order only once.
Kaleb Hill had four hits to pace Post 39, and reached base in all five of his at-bats.
Clayton Wood and Blake Johnson added two hits apiece, as Richmond’s RBI-single scored Wood in the ninth.
With Post 39 trailing 2-0, Kaileb Sheets doubled down the right-field line with one out in the third.
But when Wood reached base on an infield hit on a bunt, Sheets was tagged out between third and home.
In both the first and third stanzas, Pomeroy left runners on the corners, then scored once before stranding two more apiece in the fourth and sixth.
Post 39 got its initial run when Dylan Smith reached on a leadoff error, then crossed on a two-out RBI-single by Wes Clark.
Hill had an infield hit deep in the hole in the fifth, but was left stranded at second — just as he was in the seventh.
Wood reached on a leadoff error and Hill singled to right center, but Wood — on a deliberate double-steal set — was tracked down and tagged out in trying to take home.
In the eighth, Mattox walked to lead off and Morris singled to right, but they were left stranded at third and second respectively.
Lancaster scored its opening two runs in the second — when Jack Young doubled and Short walked.
They scored their respective runs off back-to-back RBI-singles by Heston and Smith.
Post 11, with the victory, raised its record to 8-20 — and 1-3 in the league.
Post 39 returns to the road with a non-league bout at Beverly on Thursday.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106