FRANKFORT – Under cloudy skies and a constant chance of rain, the Chillicothe Cobras handed Chillicothe American Legion Post 757 a 3-2 loss in nine innings, Thursday night at Adena High School.
The non-conference affair took place thanks to rainouts on both team’s schedules and provided a chance for all players involved to get some quality playing time in competition-like atmosphere.
While both squads sent their entire rosters to the plate, it was the pitchers who seemed to shine.
On the Cobras’ side, it was starter Gunnar Free holding down the fort from the opening pitch. The Adena High School product tossed five solid innings, giving up two hits and two earned runs en route to the win.
Coming on in relief was Cody Cottrill, who hurled the next four, allowing four hits, walking four and sending two back to the dugout with their heads hung low.
The Colts (8-17-1) sent three different pitchers to the bump — Zack Jordan, Andrew Wingo and Jacob Chester.
Jordan anchored the calvary with a four inning start, giving up three hits and two runs — only one of which was earned. Wingo followed with a new look curveball and four strong innings of two hit baseball. In those four innings, he struck out four and surrendered one unearned run, taking the tough luck loss on the chin.
The Cobras took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Cale Free laced a double down the right field line and scored on an Eli Kunkel RBI single.
Post 757 knotted the score, 1-1, when Wingo knocked in right fielder Brandon Triplett with an out in the top of the fourth. Later in the inning, Wingo came in to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Zack Stapleton to give the Colts a 2-1 edge.
In the top of the fifth, the Cobras took advantage of a Post 757 throwing error as Collin Cory scored from second base, making it 2-2.
The 2-2 deadlock would remain until the top of the seventh when the Cobras took advantage of yet another throwing error. Free gave the Colts deja vu, rocketing another ball down the right field line before scoring, making it 3-2, Cobras.
Post 757 will be back in action, Saturday, as they square off against Hillsboro Post 129 in a doubleheader at Hoffman Field.