CAMBRIDGE — Findlay’s Post 3 Legion baseball team, playing its sixth game in three days, finally ran out of gas in falling 13-0 to St. Clairsville Legion Post 159 on Sunday in the championship game of the Don Cross Tournament in Cambridge.
St. Clairsville starter Lucas Lloyd struck out just one Findlay batter. But he allowed only two hits, didn’t walk a batter and was backed by errorless defense as the Post 159 team beat Findlay for the second time in the tournament. St. Clairsville edged Findlay 8-7 in Saturday’s matchup.
Capitalizing on five first-inning walks, St. Clairsville jumped to an 8-0 first-inning lead and never looked back. Garrett Sendelbach and Nolan Rodman had the lone base hits for Findlay.
In Saturday’s win over Findlay, St. Clairsville’s Tyler Ramsey singled in two runs in the first inning and belted a two-run home run in the fifth. Dillon Curtain, Nathan Steele and Cody Goletz added two hits for St. Clairsville.
Ross Adolph had three base hits and Grant Akin, Jared Neiling (2 RBI) and Rodman had two each for Findlay. Post 3 answered St. Clairsville’s two big rallies by scoring in five separate innings, but Findlay left 16 men on base in the one-run loss.
Findlay advanced to Sunday’s championship game with close wins over Parkersburg, W.Va., beating the Post 15 team 2-0 on Sunday and 6-5 on Saturday.
Neiling pitched a five-hit shutout in Sunday’s opener, striking out four and walking none in a complete-game effort to raise his record to 5-0. Neiling, who had an RBI single in the fifth inning, and Chris Hampton, who knocked in Findlay’s first run in the fourth, both had three hits and Rodman had two.
In Saturday’s win over Parkersburg, base hits by Jacob Firsdon and Adolph and Chandler Stillings’ grounder brought home a sixth-inning run that put Findlay up 6-0.
Nick Bowden (4-1) went the distance for the win, ending it with a strikeout with runners on first and second after Parkersburg rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Adolph (3B, 1B), Stillings (2B, 1B, 2 RBI), Neiling (2-1B, RBI), Sendelbach (2-1B, RBI) and Akin (2-1B, RBI) combined for 10 of Findlay’s 12 hits. Josh Stephens had three hits for Parkersburg.
Findlay, now 20-5, wraps up the regular season with a series of home games this week. Post 3 will host Sidney on Tuesday, Ottawa on Wednesday and Maumee on Thursday at the Findlay High School field. Findlay then hosts Pemberville in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before preparing for the district tournament beginning July 16.
ST. CLAIRSVLLE 820 03 — `3 10 0
FINDLAY 000 00 — 0 2 2
WP — Lloyd. LP — Jacobs. TOP HITTERS: (St.C) Banal 2B, 1B; Curtain 3-1B. (Fin) Sendelbach 1B; Rodman 1B.
RECORDS: Findlay 20-5.
FINDLAY 2, PARKERSBURG 0
FINDLAY 000 110 0 — 2 11 0
PARKERSBURG 000 000 0 — 0 5 1
WP — J. Neiling (5-0). LP — Cottrille. TOP HITTERS: (Fin) J. Neiling 3-1B, RBI; Rodman 2-1B; Hampton 3-1B, RBI.
ST. CLAIRSVLLE 8, FINDLAY 7
ST. CLAIRSVLLE 300 050 0 — 8 13 1
FINDLAY 110 013 1 — 7 12 3
WP — Dyson. LP — Stillings (4-1). TOP HITTERS: (St.C) Ramsey HR, 1B, 4 RBI; Curtain 2B, 1B; Steele 2-1B, RBI; Goletz 2-1B. (Fin) Adolph 3-1B; Akin 2-1B; J. Neiling 2-1B, 2 RBI; Rodman 2-1B.
FINDLAY 6, PARKERSBURG 5
FINDLAY 005 001 0 — 6 12 0
PARKERSBURG 000 000 5 — 5 9 1
WP — Bowden (4-1). LP — Dudley. TOP HITTERS: (Fin) Adolph 3B, 1B; Stillings 2B, 1B, 2 RBI; J. Neiling 2-1B, RBI; Sendelbach 2-1B, RBI; Akin 2-1B, RBI. (Park) Stephens 3-1B.