By Josh Brown
PEMBERVILLE — Sunday, Troy Post 43 had one last tuneup for this week’s American Legion Baseball Region 2 Tournament.
Troy traveled to Pemberville Legion for a doubleheader Sunday, and got a pair of very different results. In the opener, three Post 43 pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout in a 6-0 victory, but Pemberville found its stroke in the second game and forced a split by handing Troy an 8-5 loss.
“Pemberville is the No. 2 seed in their regional,” Troy Post 43 coach Frosty Brown said. “The No. 1 seed in their regional is Ottawa, and we beat them earlier in the week. I feel we are getting better, and our hitting has improved just in time for our regional.”
After a 14-1 win over Piqua Post 184 on Friday, Post 43 picked up a forfeit victory over Greenville Legion Saturday leading up to Sunday’s doubleheader. And to start things off against Pemberville, Chase Weaver and Dalton Lee flirted with a no-hitter until Pemberville broke it up after 5 2-3 innings. Lee came on in the fourth inning and got credit for the win, while Anthony Steele finished the game off for a save.
“We simply had awesome pitching in the first game,” Brown said. “Sophomore Chase Weaver, in his third start for us, did a very nice job and showed a great curveball. Lee was credited with the win and Steele earned a two-inning save.”
Greg Peffley, Michael Hale and Hunter Cohee got things going offensively in the first with three straight hits, and Kieran Williams put down a delayed squeeze to give Troy a 2-0 lead. Brandon Nesbitt hit a two-run double in the fourth made it 5-0, and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh tacked on one more run.
In the second game, Troy grabbed a 3-0 lead after three thanks to an RBI single by Peffley and a two-run double by Cohee. But Pemberville plated a pair in the bottom of the third and tied it in the fourth, only to have Troy jump back on top in the fifth on a two-run single by Hale. Pemberville tied the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the inning, though, and scored three in the sixth to take control for good.
“The players sense it, and I see it — we are playing much better,” Brown said. “The next two or three weeks are the biggest of the season, and I think we are ready.”
Troy began the regional tournament with a game Tuesday at Duke Park against Greenville which was not complete at time of press.
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