GRAFTON — The outcome was the same, but the method of production was radically different.
Elyria Post 12 scored a pair of unearned runs to defeat Post 88 from Ashland, 2-0, in an American Legion game Wednesday.
Wednesday’s game was quite a switch from Monday’s Elyria-Ashland affair when Elyria rapped out 20 hits to pummel Post 88 at Ashland, 13-2.
“They showed up with a whole different attitude,” Post 12 manager Brad Chenoweth said. “They were a much better team than what they showed us the night before last.”
But Elyria still won, despite getting a mere four hits. Post 12 benefited from two Ashland errors and some early wildness by Post 88 pitcher Logan Adams.
Three Elyria pitchers combined to hold Ashland to only five hits. Jake Kolcun of Amherst, who joined the team over the weekend, pitched his second game and picked up the victory after throwing the first 32/3 innings. Nick Miller went 21/3 innings and Adam Beach earned the save with a perfect seventh.
The victory improved Elyria to 12-3 and 5-2 in the Northern Ohio League. Ashland dropped to 2-6 and 1-2 in the league.
“We played an excellent defensive game tonight,” Chenoweth said. “We were trying to get our pitching order set for the weekend. No one was going to go too long. We have a big tournament in Zanesville this weekend.”
Elyria will face Chillicothe Post 757 tonight at Muskingum College in New Concord. The team plays two games on Friday, with semifinals and the championship game Saturday.
“We hit the ball, but we hit it in the air a lot,” Chenoweth said. “A team is going to have games like this once in a while.”
Beach was a star at the plate and in the field as well as on the pitcher’s mound. Beach’s two-out triple in the fourth inning gave Elyria its 2-0 lead. He also had a spectacular catch on a sinking hit off the bat of Freeman Nixon in the second inning.
Andrew Eliopoulos drove in Elyria’s first run with a two-out single in the first. Nick Simonovich got aboard on an outfield error with one out and Beach walked ahead of Eliopoulos’ hit to right field.
Kevin Allen led off the fourth by reaching on an infield error. Two outs later Beach sent a 1-0 pitch deep in the gap in right-center. Beach attempted to turn the hit into a home run, but was tagged out at the plate after a strong throw from center fielder Chad Fitch to second baseman Justin Stewart, who made a perfect relay to catcher Chad May.