Toledo Post 764 fell in a 2-0 hole early against Danville Post 210’s 2 team, but a strong pitching performance by Matt Kingery kept them in the game.
Sadly, the bats didn’t follow suit and Toledo dropped its Mattoon Firecracker tournament finale, losing 6-0 in six innings.
Danville opened the bottom of the first with Chase Vinson and Devante Hicks reached second and third with no outs. Kingery induced a line drive to second for the first out, walked Hunter Philps, then got a ground ball to shortstop Hayden Kanizer.
He tried to turn a double play, but Alex Talley mishandled the throw at second, allowing a second run to score on the play. Philps was caught in a rundown trying to score on another rundown and was tagged out, and Kingery got Waylon Connrad to pop out to end the inning.
From the second to the fifth innings, he allowed just one more hit and three baserunners, keeping Post 764 in the game.
Sadly for Toledo, that one hit matched Toledo’s output in that category for the first five innings. Layne Andrews led off the game with a single up the middle and was caught stealing, and Post 764 went hitless from there until the sixth.
Kingery reached on a walk in the second for Toledo’s only other baserunner until there were two outs in the top of the sixth -- when Andrews singled again.
In the bottom of the sixth, it looked as if Kingery ran out of gas, allowing four straight runners to reach before being pulled for Kanizer. All four scored, the last with two outs, to end the game via the tournament’s six-run rule.
Kingery went five, striking out three and allowing six runs on six hits and three walks. Andrews was 2-for-3.
Toledo went 1-2 at the tournament, losing to Mattoon Post 88’s 1 team 8-0 Monday but defeating Post 88’s 2 team 5-0. Danville’s 2 team, which beat Toledo Tuesday, advanced to today’s final four of the junior tournament. The senior tournament begins today.
Toledo Post 764 000 000 0 2 2
Danvile Post 210 2 200 004 6 7 0
WP - Hicks (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB) LP - Kingery (5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 K, 3 BB)
Toledo: Andrews (2-3); Kingery (0-1, BB, SB)
Danville: Vinson (1-3, 2B, R); Hicks (2-3, 2 R); Nelson (1-3, 3B, RBI, R); Philps (1-2, 2B, R); Bolton (1-2, R, BB, SB); Connrad (0-3, RBI); Sprague (1-1, RBI, BB)