By Josh Brown
TROY — After Tuesday night’s 10-run loss, Troy Post 43’s coach Frosty Brown didn’t mince any words.
“What a poor effort,” he said. “Just a poor effort. It started in the first part of the ballgame, and it just didn’t end.”
The Miami Valley Prospects took control with three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back, building a 9-1 lead and putting the game away for good with three more runs in the top of the seventh to hand Troy Post 43 a 12-2 defeat Tuesday night at Duke Park.
The loss was the fifth in the last six games for Post 43 (9-8), which went 1-4 over the weekend at its Miami Valley Veterans Appreciation Tournament. But after a day off on Monday to regroup, the team still came out flat — and the Prospects made it pay.
An RBI triple by Jacob Peters put Miami Valley on the board, and Peters later scored on one of three passed balls in the first inning alone. And even when things went right, the execution just wasn’t there for Post 43 — Jon Fields singled, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout for the second out, and Jake Whisman drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Troy called a pitchout and guessed correctly as Whisman broke for second … but the throw went into center field, allowing a third run to come home before Post 43 even had a turn at bat.
Troy got a run back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a leadoff walk by Greg Peffley and an RBI triple by Michael Hale, but the Prospects tacked on three more runs in the second to widen the gap. Alby Baker singled with one out and C.J. Tervino and Peters both worked two-out walks to load the bases. Fields brought them all home with a bases-clearing double down the left field line to make it a 6-1 game. Troy’s response was cut down as it left the bases loaded in the bottom of the second to remain down by five.
“It was 3-0 right away, then it was 6-1,” Brown said. “We came back after that first inning, got a run, and after that you think all you need is a few more opportunities to get back into the game and you might have a chance. But then we gave up three more runs, and three more, and three more. It was just bad. That’s all there is to it.”
Three more Prospect runs in the fourth effectively put the game out of reach as Nathan Blei and Tervino led off with back-to-back singles and Peters drove them both in with a triple to right-center. He later scored on a two-out RBI single by Whisman to make it a 9-1 game.
Fields, meanwhile, sat down eight straight batters between the second and fifth innings, with Greg Peffley breaking up his streak with a one-out single. Brandon Nesbitt followed with a single, both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Hale hit an RBI groundout to make it a 9-2 game. Cory Cotrell and Hunter Cohee both drew walks to load the bases once again, but Fields struck out the final batter of the inning to escape without further damage.
“We’ve got older guys that know how to play the game,” Brown said. “But the younger guys just aren’t picking it up. We have too many strikeouts to be a good offensive team. I’m getting nobody learning how to hit and terrible efforts. It’s just bad. We’ve got to start thinking better on the field.”
After Troy left runners stranded on first and second in the bottom of the sixth, bringing their total to nine left on base at that point, Miami Valley cashed in three more to start the seventh. Peters — who finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs — drove in a run with a single and another scored on an error, and Konner Black hit an RBI single to make it a 12-2 game. Post 43 put runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Fields got a groundout to short to finish off a complete game.
Fields walked six, gave up six and struck out seven, giving up only two earned runs to get the win. Post 43 starter Mitchell Lindsey took the loss, giving up six runs in 1 2-3 innings, with Nick Matney and Ian Yunker each giving up three runs in their respective relief stints.
Peffley was 2 for 2, reaching base each time up by adding a pair of walks and scoring Post 43’s only two runs. Hale was 1 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs.
For the Prospects, Blei was 3 for 5 with two runs, Tervino was 1 for 2 with three walks and four runs scored, Fields was 2 for 5 with a double and three RBIs and Baker was 2 for 2.
Post 43 looked to end its skid Wednesday night in a league game at Greenville Legion, a game that was not complete at time of press. Troy returns home to face Richmond Legion Thursday.
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