Through defensive mishaps and inconsistent pitching, it has been the offense that has carried the Marysville American Legion Post 79A baseball team so far.

Through defensive mishaps and inconsistent pitching, it has been the offense that has carried the Marysville American Legion Post 79A baseball team so far.

The team was batting .339 as a whole and had five players hitting .367 or better through 20 games. Post 79A was 12-8 before leaving last Thursday for a tournament in Knoxville, Tenn.

"I had a good sense from the start of the year that we would hit well," coach Chuck Gould said. "Most of the best hitters were back from last year's team and I felt comfortable we'd score a lot of runs.

"We still haven't proven a lot. In the past we've had some real good offensive teams that won district titles and advanced to state. This team hasn't done that yet so they need to show they can do that."

Leading the team were Mike Coughlin (.420), Brandon Winter (.413), Justin Churan (.395), Kyle Feucht (.378) and Justin Hayes (.367). All except Winter played on last year's team.

"Most of the guys are veterans and we knew what we had," Gould said. "Brandon is hitting well, but we kind of expected that. His brother is playing for Kent State and we knew he'd hit well once we got here."

Having a potent lineup is nothing new to Post 79A. The team has used its offense in the past to win district titles and advance to state. The difference from this team compared to those in the past is that there is less power, but Gould said it has not affected the team.

"Obviously, having an offense like we have makes things a little easier," Gould said. "We didn't start off real well at the beginning of the season, but the offense kept us in some games. Now our pitching is starting to get better, but it still helps us from that standpoint. The nice part is that we have good depth. We've got guys that can run and get timely hits and provide a little pop off the bench and that makes your job easier when you can do that."

The team is hoping the bats continue to stay hot this week as Post 79A will play in the Lancaster Fourth of July Tournament Thursday through July 6.

In order to play well and win the tournament, Post 79A will have to cut down on the errors. The team committed 12 errors in three losses in the Blissfield Invitational on June 19-22 in Blissfield, Mich.

"It's uncharacteristic of us to have those errors," Gould said. "When we lose, it's generally because we commit an error when we can't afford to. Every loss we've had this season we've had more errors than the other team. It's not always our starters or regulars, but sometimes it's mistakes we shouldn't make regardless.

"We just get a few errors here and a few there we just can't do that. If you don't make some plays and contain the errors then we'll have trouble because we just don't have that dominant pitching to overcome 2-3 errors and still win."

At the Blissfield Invitational, Post 79A defeated Charlotte (Mich.) Post 42 8-3 then lost to Blissfield Post 325 Gold 4-2 and to East Lansing (Mich.) Post 205 13-5. The team bounced back from the two losses to defeat Fostoria Post 73 7-4 but ended the tournament on a losing note after getting defeated by Fremont Post 121 4-1.

At the Fourth of July Tournament, Post 79A will open play against Lima Post 96 on Thursday, then play against Lancaster Post 11 later that day. On Friday the team will play against the Licking County Athletics and Sunday it will play against Hilliard Post 614A. The championship and consolation games will take place July 6.