CHILLICOTHE – Coming off of a big win against Pickerington Post 283 on Thursday, the Chillicothe Post 757 Colts suffered a 14-4 loss at the bats of the Chillicothe Capitals on Friday at VA Memorial Stadium.
Even with the loss, the Colts are seeing the bigger picture.
“We’re getting better every single day,” 757 coach Tom Barr said. “Everything we’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks has all been in preparation for the American Legion tournament starting on Monday. We stuck with guys a little bit longer than we usually would for sure, but we needed to get those guys some work in and I feel we accomplished that tonight.”
The Colts opened the game with runners on second and third, but failed to drive both base runners across the plate, ending the top of the first inning. The Capitals scored six runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of a bases-loaded hit by pitch, a three-run double and a two-run single before the Colts were able to end the inning.
“We have a lot of respect for the Capitals,” Barr said. “We also have a great relationship with them and this was pretty much a scrimmage for both teams. We scrimmaged against them before our seasons both started and it was beneficial for both teams. As for tonight, this was a perfect time for us to play them. We needed to get guys some extra pitching, we moved some guys around and gave them extra work and I’m happy with how everyone responded.”
The Colts began to show signs of life in the top of the third. Caleb Price walked to get on base, Zack Jordan hit a fly ball that would be misplayed by the Capitals’ center fielder. The next batter was Luke Sarver and he took the first pitch he saw and drove it into right center field for a double, scoring both Price and Jordan to cut the deficit to 6-2.
After the Capitals started the bottom of the fifth getting runners on base on an error and a walk, they posted five straight hits and scored five more runs to push their lead to 11-2.
“We struggled tonight,” Barr said. “We’ve been pretty solid defensively the last few weeks and our bats are starting to come around now, but tonight wasn’t our night. Our pitchers struggled a little bit tonight, but they still threw well and when they made that good pitch and the ball isn’t fielded and the guy reaches base, it’s kind of a sucker punch to the pitcher’s gut. Our guys kept battling and that’s something we’ve talked about all year; don’t roll over for anybody no matter who it is or how many innings we play, keep fighting.”
The 757 Colts meet Athens at 1 p.m. today.
“We feel good about where we stand right now,” Barr added. “We’ve got the same plan for tomorrow, we’re going to get some more guys some work on the mound and get ready for the tournament on Monday. There are some really good teams we’ll face and we’ll be ready for them.”