PDT Sports Writer
ASHLAND, Ky.— No group may be thankful for a day off more than the pitching staff of the Portsmouth Post 23 baseball team.
Running out whoever can offer up innings, Post 23 was not able to win the first of road doubleheader with Ashland (Ky.) Post 76 at Ernie Chattin Field as the final went 10-0 in six innings. The nightcap was not completed at press time.
It was a fairly easy day in the opener for 76ers starter Connor Robinson, who scattered just four hits while recording eight hits and two walks in a complete game shutout. His counterpart, Philip Cassidy, didn’t have as fortunate outing as he w roughed up for six of the 10 runs in five innings of work. He issued five free passes and fanned a pair.
Post 76 took the lead in the third when J.D. Pridemore’s attempt at a sacrifice bunt turned into an error when Cassidy’s attempt to throw him out went beyond the reach of Austin Howard and allowed Sam Holder to score from first. The 76ers went on to score five in the fifth and knock Cassidy from the mound.
The only person to have any type of success against Robinson was Alex Shears, who went 1-for-1 with a double and two walks. Howard, Daulton Kenyon and Brady Johnson accounted for the other three hits.
Post 23 will travel Friday to Chillicothe for the Jim Jadwin Memorial Tournament.
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Portsmouth 23 000 000 — 0 4 1
Ashland (Ky.) 76 001 054 — 10 13 0
Portsmouth 23—Kenyon 1-3 (2B), Shears 1-1 (2B, 2 BB), Howard 1-2, Johnson 1-2.
Ashland 76—Holder 1-2 (2 BB, 2 R), Pridemore 1-3 (2B, SAC, R), Robinson 2-3 (2 2B, 2 R), Thompson 2-4 (2 R), Hall 3-4 (2 R), `Brown 1-4, Hutchinson 1-1 (2B, 3 BB), Slone 2-4 (2B), Williams 0-2 (BB, R).
Records—Post 23 6-10; Post 76 n/a.