SOSA Staff Report
CHILLICOTHE — After falling to Portsmouth 23 in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, Chillicothe 757 got its revenge Monday night and catapulted itself into the Region V championship game.
However, first, the Colts had to beat Hillsboro 129 to get their second chance at 23 in the first place.
In a 9-8 win over Hillsboro, Chillicothe 757 (22-12) pounded out 13 hits and walked off a winner in the bottom of the eighth inning. In that last frame, Ryan Schwartz logged a game-winning RBI single, driving home Emmitt Cunningham.
Schwartz finished the contest 3-for-5 with three RBIs while Cunningham was 1-for-4 with the run. Lane Larson also helped out, going 2-for-3 with an RBI while Nick Salyer was 1-for-5 with a double and two runs.
On the hill, Drew Seymour picked up the victory in 1 2/3 innings of work. Seymour allowed a single hit and struck out four.
After beating Hillsboro 129, the Colts shifted their attention towards 23.
It didn’t take long for 757 to establish their dominance. In fact, it only took until the third inning, when the Colts scored 11 runs.
After scoring a pair of runs in the first, 757 crossed home plate 11 times in the third to go ahead 13-0. The end result was a 14-3 victory — one that sent the team into the Region V championship game.
Cole Ratcliff led 757’s offense in the second contest, going 3-for-4 with a run and four RBIs. Jaden McNish also had a strong outing, finishing 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs. Cunningham was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs, and Salyer, Larson and Seymour each had a pair of base knocks.
Lucas Foglesong picked up the win on the mound, throwing three scoreless innings and striking out six. He didn’t allow a single hit.
757 will now be back in action, with a trophy on the line, at 6 p.m., Tuesday at Hoffman Field. The Colts will have to beat Waverly 142 twice to win the title after the Shockers (14-9) won their first two tournament contests.