Sidney Post 217 completed a perfect league season Thursday night with a 12-4 rout of visiting Troy Post 43 at Custenborder Field in American Legion baseball action.
Post 217 finished the league schedule with a perfect 6-0 record and gives coach Jim Koewler’s squad the league championship. It it the first time Post 217 has been league champion since the team was brought back six years ago. And it also makes Sidney the No. 1 seed for the league tournament, which begins next week.
Sidney got strong pitching from two of its best, Brett McEldowney and Josh Nixon. They allowed 10 hits while striking out nine.
Sidney kept up its strong hitting of late, banging out 15. Drew Wehrman and Kyle Subler had three hits apiece, McEldowney singled and doubled, Nixon had two singles and Dakota Bollinger had a double.
Sidney fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first when Troy got two hits and Post 217 committed an error. The visitors then added another run in the second to make it 3-0.
But that lead didn’t last long. Sidney came back with five runs in the bottom of the second to take a lead it would not relinquish.
McEldowney doubled and Bollinger reached on an error. Daniel Berning then walked ahead of singles by Carter Mescher, Austin McLain, Wehrman and Subler.
Sidney got another run in the fourth when Wehrman was hit by a pitch, Subler walked and McEldowney singled home a run.
After Troy got a run in the fifth, Sidney got two more in the bottom of the fifth on a walk, singles by Wehrman and Nixon and an error on a ball hit by Tyler Sanford.
Sidney plated two more in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, singles by Subler, Nixon and Berning surrounded Jackson Hobbs getting hit by a pitch, and in the eighth, McLain walked, Wehrman and Subler singled and Nixon hit a sacrifice fly.
“Our pitchers did a good job mixing their pitches and also locating them,” said Koewler. “Our defense is playing real solid and our bats are hot. We are getting hits in clutch situations. It might be a big two-out hit, or a hit after a sac bunt moving runners over into scoring position. The guys are playing like they are on a mission, which is what you want this time of the year.”
Sidney will host Findlay in a doubleheader on Sunday at 1 p.m. Between games, the new sign on the Legion diamond will be dedicated, naming it “Veterans Field.”
After Sunday, Post 217 will turn its attention to the District Legion Tournament. Sidney will be in action on Tuesday at Greenville against Piqua at 6:30, with Greenville playing at Troy.
The winners will play Wednesday at Greenville and the losers at Troy.
Thursday will be the finals of the loser’s bracket at Greenville and Friday will be the start of the winners bracket at Greenville. A second game will be played Saturday if needed.
Sunday — Doubleheader vs. Findlay at Custenborder Field, 1:00
Sidney vs. Piqua at Greenville, 6:30
Greenville at Troy, 6:30
Tuesday winners play at Greenville, Tuesday losers at Troy
Loser’s bracket finals at Greenville
Winner’s bracket finals at Greenville (second game Saturday if needed)