PDT Sports Writer
Post 23 coach Jack Branon discussed earlier this week how his ball club needs to put pressure on the opposition.
There was progress during the second day of the 2013 Gene Bennett Classic Friday, but not enough to get that elusive first win in this year’s tournament as Post 23 dropped both games for the second time in as many days.
“I thought on the positive side, we competed and that’s what we keep telling (them) is to compete,” Branon said. “I thought we competed all the way through.”
The day started with a contest at Hatcher Field against the Kentucky Baseball Club’s 17 Coffman team. Despite getting eight runners on base, the lone run for Post 23 in a 7-1 defeat came in the second inning when Austin Howard’s sacrifice fly scored Alex Shears.
When the morning turned to afternoon, Post 23 looked to reverse its fortunes at Branch Rickey Park against the Kentucky Colonels. For this game, Post 23 loaded the bases in the first inning and had runners on the corners in the sixth but came up empty-handed in both occasions in an 8-0 setback.
“We did get kids in scoring position, just didn’t hit in the right times,” Branon said. “These teams play awfully good defense. Shears hit a ball in the last inning (against the Colonels) should have been a triple.”
For the second-straight day, Branon praised his pitching staff for the jobs they did. Despite Brady Knittel and Zach Brown getting the ball to start both games, the combination of lack of run support and the seven combined errors for the day did not help their cause.
“We just missed some plays defensively,” Branon said. “I don’t know if it was the sun in the outfield but our outfielders struggled catching fly balls.”
After going winless in 2012, Post 23 will look to avoid the same fate Saturday in the final day of pool play. The first game of the day will be a noon first pitch at West against the Bullett Proof Baseball Academy — a team based out of Welland, Ontario — while the second game will be a 3 p.m. start at Wheelersburg against the Dayton Classics.
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KBC Coffman 410 020 0 — 7 13 0
Post 23 010 000 0 — 1 3 4
KBC Coffman — Muto 1-3, Proctor 3-4 (2 R), Briney 1-3 (R), Ford 3-4 (2B, 2 RBI, R), Treadway 2-4 (RBI), Merkel 0-3 (BB, 2 R), Maulder 1-3 (BB, RBI), Kruer 1-3 (HBP, RBI), Hammonds 0-3 (BB, RBI), Lawler 1-4.
Post 23 — Kenyon 0-2 (SAC), Miller 0-2 (BB), Shears 2-2 (SB, R), Howard 0-2 (SAC, RBI), Penix 0-2 (BB), Johnson 1-2 (2B, BB), Lawless 0-2 (BB), Cassidy 0-2 (HBP).
W — Treadway (n/a)
L — Knittel (0-2)
Records — KBC Coffman n/a; Post 23 1-8.
Kentucky Colonels 012 012 2 — 8 10 0
Post 23 000 000 0 — 0 4 3
Kentucky Colonels — Sparta 1-4 (R), Blank 1-1 (BB, HBP, SB, R), Kramer 1-4 (RBI), Ohmer 1-3 (RBI), Slusher 2-3 (SB, RBI, R), Caple 1-2 (2B, BB, HBP), Kuebbing 1-3 (BB, RBI), Cordrey 0-3 (BB, R), LaCorte 1-1 (2B, BB, R), McWhorter 0-1 (RBI), Cain 1-1 (3B, R), Dwyer 0-0 (SB, R), Rice 0-0 (BB, R).
Post 23 — Knittel 0-2 (BB), Miller 0-1 (BB), Shears 1-3 (2B), Morgan 1-2 (HBP), Howard 1-2 (2B), Cassidy 1-2.
W — Cain (n/a)
L — Brown (0-1)
Records — Kentucky Colonels n/a; Post 23 1-9.