Sidney swept all three games it plays on Sunday in the Northcoast Elite Baseball Tournament, enabling them to finish third in the 25-team event, and up their record on the season to 2012 going into a gamne Tuesday night at home against Piqua.
“I think we had a remarkable weekend by finishing 5-2 and winning all three games we played on Sunday,” said Sidney coach Jim Koewler. One thing I said at the beginning of the season was that we should be strong in pitching, and we are. All the guys that pitched on Sunday did a great job.”
Sidney opened Sunday with a 7-4 win over the RBU Redwings out of Pittsburgh.
Bryant McCarty allowed five hits while striking out two and walking six. But he managed to stay out of big trouble, and was backed up by a 13-hit Sidney attack.
Brett McEldowney led the Post 217 offense with four hits, all of them singles. Cam Clark added three singles and Austin McLain had two.
Sidney fell behind 2-0 in the first on two singles and an error, but got back a run in the second on singles by Clark, McEldowmey and Daniel Berning.
Sidney took the lead with two in the top of the third, with McLain reaching on an error to start it off. Drew Wehrman sacrificed him to second, then came successive singles by Josh Nixon, Clark and McDowney to make it 3-2.
After the Redwings scored a run in the fourth to tie, Sidney came back with two in the fifth on an error, a single by McDowney and a double by Berning.
Sidney added two more in the seventh when Nixon walked, and Clark, McEldowney and Dakota Bollinger all singled.
Sidney`012 020 21—7`13`3
Redwings`200 110 0—4`5`2
Sidney 4, Blue Wave 2
Post 217 then took on Cleveland Blue Wave in its second game and came away with a 4-2 victory.
Sidmney pitcher Drew Wehrman pitched a seven-hitter with four strikeouts.
Sidney had nine hits, with Bollinger leading the way with a pair of doubles. Berning sinbgled and doubles and Clark had two more singles. Carter Mescher also had two singles.
Sidney got two in the bottom of the second after two were out, on doubles by Bollinger and Berning and a single by Mescher.
Sidney added a run in the third on an error, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single from Clark, then score its final run in the fifth on a double by Wehrman and a single by Clark.
BW`000 101 0—2`4`1
Sidney 1, Ohio Glaciers 0
Sidney’s final game of the tournament came against the Ohio Glaciers out of Youngstown, and ended in a 1-0 victory thanks in large part to a rare triple play.
Sidney pitchers Berning, McLain and Clark combined on a four-hiter.
Post 217 had eight hits, with McLain and Tyler Sanford getting two apiece.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the third. McLain singled and was sacrificed to second. Josh Nixon reached on an error and Clark singled McLain home.
The key play of the game game in the second when the Glaciers had runners on first and second with nobody out.
The next batter tried to bunt the runnerrs over, but Nixon, who was catching, made an outstanding play on the ball, catching it for an out. He then threw to Sanford at second to couble the runner up there, and Sanford relayed to Bollinger at first in time to get that runner trying to get back.
NOTE: Post 217 was scheduled to play at Troy in a league game Thursday, but that game has been moved up to tonight. It will be a 9-inning game and start at 7 p.m. at Troy.
Glaciers`000 000 0—0`4`1
Sidney`001 000 x—1`8`0
Tonight — Piqua at Custenborder Field, 7:30
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday — at Fourth of July Tournament (games in Dayton, Springfield, Xenia)
July 5 — at Greenville, 6:30
July 7 — Troy at Custenborder, 6:30
July 8 — Michigan 3 Oaks at Custenborder, 6:00
July 9 — Fostoria, doubleheader at Custenborder, noon.
July 10 — Findlay, doubleheader at Custenborder, 1:00