Five errors, a leadoff walk, a wild pitch and a two-out hit by pitch were the undoing of Tyson Broy and the Orient Express Post 1961 in a 4-1 loss to Salem Post 128 at the American Legion 5th Division Tournament Saturday in Aviston.
“We made too many mistakes,” said Orient coach Kevin Elko. “We made key errors in the field that they capitalized on.”
Orient (11-4-2) will next play Monday at 5:30 p.m. against either Newton Post 20, Carmi Post 224 or the Aviston Express Post 1239.
“We didn’t have a good approach at the plate,” Elko said. “We had eight strikeouts. The balls we did put into play weren’t hard hit balls that didn’t make it out of the infield.”
Both teams managed just three hits each, but it was a leadoff walk followed by a wild pitch that set up Salem’s first run in the second and a pair of leadoff errors in the fourth that gave Salem the win.
“Walks generally kill you,” Elko said. “Broy walked the leadoff batter and that runner scored. On the whole he pitched well. He only threw 84 pitches all day.”
In the second, Broy walked the leadoff batter Trevor Markley after being ahead in the count 1-2. A wild pitch advanced him to second and a base hit by Hunter Brandt moved him to third where he scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball to second by Trevor Cummins.
Orient squandered a one-out double by Blake Engler in the third, but tied the game in the fourth when Bryson Dorris led with a single to left. One out later, Logan Elko bunted him to second and he scored one single to left by Gabe Campbell.
Campbell was joined on base when Max Phillips hit Brenda Russell, but the rally ended when Phillips got Brogan Rains to hit into a fielder’s choice ground ball to third.
Salem (15-3) retook the lead in the bottom of the frame when the first batters reached on back-to-back errors. One out later, Broy walked Cummins to load the bases and Isaak Hays made him pay with a single to left to drive in two runs to give Post 128 a 3-1 lead.
Salem scored an insurance run in the sixth when Broy hit Justin Schuette with two outs and he scored on the fifth error.
After the fourth inning, Phillips retired the next seven batters in a row. Lane Bond relieved Phillips with one out in the seventh continued the streak by covering first on a ground ball to second and striking out the last batter.