FORT GAY — That’s it, that’s all, that’s all she wrote ladies and gentleman.
The Mingo Central Miners ended the post season on a disappointing note with a 3-0 loss to the Tolsia Rebels on Monday evening at Tolsia’s new ball park in the opening round of sectional play. This marks the end of the Miners baseball season.
Both teams struggled early in the game and play was even until the Rebels loaded the bases after two walks and a bunt that turned into a convoluted three runs. With the bases loaded Eric Williams hit a grounder to Chase Bentley who tagged second base for the out but didn’t get the next out. Blake Stuart got a walk after Mingo’s Thomas Harmon had worked himself into a full-count to load the bases again. Jared Switzer was almost out after he popped one up right above Mingo’s catcher, Ethan Collins, but Collins was unable to come up with the catch giving Switzer another at bat. With that extra at bat Switzer was able to pooch a ball over Harmon’s head to give the Rebels one run while two other Tolsia batters crossed the plate on other grounders that had the Miners looking one way with the action in another.
During the beginning of the game the Miners almost looked asleep on the infield, with late arrivals to back up throws and a lack of situational awareness. After the three run inning by the Rebels, Mingo at least woke up on defense. On offense was a different story, The Miners finished the game with only two hits; two singles. Both hits were in the third inning, before Tolsia had scored, by Devin Poe and Micheal Dotson. Other than that Poe was awarded a walk later in the game but that was the extent of Mingo’s offensive stand.
The Miners had plenty of hits, but they all ended up in the gloves of Tolsia.
Battling on the mound was Harmon for Mingo Central and Logan Presley from Tolsia. Harmon faced Tolsia 28 times at the plate with 7 strikeouts, with four walks, and zero batters hit by pitch. Presley finished the night after facing the Miners at the plate 21 times with 10 strikeouts, and only one walk.
Miners Head Coach, Jared Lester said after the game, “Tonight I think we played defense really well. We came down here with a game plan and defensively we have been playing good for the last month. Tonight our problem was limited bats, that has been our problem all year; we couldn’t get anyone on base and when we did we just couldn’t get any opportunities to score.” Lester continued by saying, “I’m proud of them, we will lose 10 seniors but we have a great nucleus of younger players coming back; we have two junior leaders coming back next year. I’m real excited and I believe we have turned a page this season. We improved from last season and I expect us to improve next year as well.”
The Tolsia Rebels will advance to play Wayne at Wayne tonight.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242, or at [email protected], or on twitter @sidplater)