CHILLICOTHE – It appears as if Chillicothe Post 757’s recent trip down south has started to pay dividends.
After ending a week long trip that reached as far as South Carolina, the Colts (7-13-1) handed Washington Court House Post 25 a 15-6 loss in the team’s first game on Ohio soil in nearly two weeks.
“We’re happy tonight,” Post 757 coach Tom Barr said. “We saw a lot of really good pitching last week. In all, we probably saw seven or eight Division I pitchers. Our bats started to come alive (on the trip) and I think we saw that tonight. We hit the ball well and sat on pitches.”
In total, Chillicothe had 20 hits. Keeping Washington Court House at bay was starting pitcher Jacob ‘Panda’ Chester.
Chester threw four innings, allowed just one run on six hits and picked up the W on the bump.
“Panda was in total control tonight,” Barr said. “He gave up six hits in four innings but they didn’t hit the ball hard at all. He threw 40 pitches tonight. That set us up well for this weekend’s tournament and allowed us to get some others to get some work in on the mound.”
Supporting Chester on the mound was six different Colts who managed at least two hits each. Leading the pack was Brandon Triplett, who posted four hits, stole two bases, scored twice and knocked in two runs.
“Brandon was huge tonight and he’s an animal on the bases,” Barr said. “He hit the ball hard three or four times tonight so they weren’t ‘gimme’ hits either. When we get him on base in the nine hole and then have Caleb Price coming up after, we’re dangerous.”
Post 757 will next be in action Friday in a doubleheader, as a part of the Dick Kuehn Wood Bat Tournament in Cincinnati.
The Colts will take on Latonia (Kent.) Post 203 at 10 a.m. and then face Whitehouse Post 384 at 12:30 p.m.
“It will be a good test for us,” Barr said. “We’ll be swinging wood and that’s a different ballgame. But I’m confident in our guys.”