Post 3 Waxed by Maryland Club
GLEN DALE – Moundsville Post 3 manager Bill Burkett knew his team was up against a wall entering the second day of the Edgar Martin Beast of the East Baseball Tournament. Sure, Post 3 got off to a good start with a 2-0 record Thursday, but standing in front of them in Friday’s opener at Monarch Field was the Maryland Monarchs.
For those not familiar with the Maryland outfit, it won national championships in 2009 and 2011 while finishing as runner-up in 2010. In other words, it was a case of hold onto your hats for Moundsville.
Jamie Naill, Drew Spinnenweber and A.J. Robinson collected three RBI apiece and Daniel Ryczek tossed a five-inning three-hitter as the Monarchs rolled to an 18-0 victory.
”We didn’t hit, field or pitch,” Burkett said. ”There’s not much more to say.”
The Monarchs, as it turned out, did all the talking, anyway. They sent 39 batters to the plate in their four trips – they batted around three times – and jumped on starter Schuyler Callihan for eight runs, seven of which were earned, and seven hits in one-plus inning. He left with the bases loaded and nobody out in the second.
Naill drove in two with a first-inning double and William O’Hara followed with a two-run single to make it 4-0 after one. Brian Parriera (double) and Naill had RBI hits in the second, Nic Fisher walked with the bases loaded to forced in a run, Spinnenweber doubled home two and Cody Biddle scored on a wild pitch and it was 10-0 after two innings of play.
Maryland went quietly in the first inning but went back to work in the fourth and put things completely out of reach. Fourteen batters strolled to the plate and eight came all the way around to touch it again.
Off the bench, Cameron Burns doubled in a run and Chris Girker drove home two more with a double. Brad Hagemann, who also checked in late, produced another with a groundout and A.J. Robinson drove in three on a two-run homer to left in his first at-bat of the inning, and added a sacrifice fly.
Moundsville, which received a pair of doubles by Philip Smith, didn’t help its own cause by committing a pair of errors and issuing 10 walks.