By Josh Brown
TROY — Troy Post 43 is getting used to coming from behind.
After a 12-inning win last week against Pemberville legion, a loss at Ottawa and a 6-1 victory against Greenville to kick off WOL play on Friday, Post 43 returned to action Monday night with a thrilling seventh-inning rally against the Miami Valley Prospects, scoring four in its final at-bat to claim a 7-6 victory at Duke Park.
And it certainly wasn’t a typical game.
“It’s always trouble when a team arrives and wants to play free substitution, and they plan on using a new pitcher every inning,” Troy Post 43 coach Frosty Brown said. “It means our hitters have to make new adjustments every inning. Likewise, our pitchers and coaching staff can’t rely on who they send to bat. It was very difficult, but we did it. It’s better than not playing, but it’s still difficult.”
Troy took a 3-1 lead in the third inning. With a pair of runners on, Hunter Cohee drove in a run with a single, Dylan Hensley followed with a one-out RBI single and eventually scored on another RBI single by Anthony Steele.
Miami Valley answered with four runs in the fourth, though, taking advantage of four wild pitches, three walks and four hits. The Prospects added an RBI triple by Tanner Lee in the top of the sixth to make it a 6-3 game.
“We are still trying to develop the pitching staff, and too often we make mistakes of inexperience,” Brown said. “The Prospects threatened in every inning, but we were always able to overcome it until that four-run fourth.”
Freshman Ian Yunker struck out two and pitched a scoreless top of the seventh inning to give Post 43 a chance, putting himself in line for a win — and then Troy struck.
Brandon Nesbitt and Cory Cottrell got on base to start the bottom of the seventh, then Kieran Williams hit an RBI single to left-center field. Hensley drew a walk and Ethan Garland hit an RBI single to make it a one-run game, and from there a pair of wild pitches tied the game and then scored the game-winner.
“The key to this was the improved hitting discipline late in the game and Ian’s ability to shut down the Prospects to give us a chance,” Brown said.
Troy (5-3, 1-0 WOL) faced Piqua Post 184 Tuesday night in a game that was not complete at time of press. Post 43 travels to Springfield Wednesday night for a doubleheader.
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