Prospect Post 368 deviated from its normal way of doing things last Thursday and beat the Marysville American Legion Post 79A baseball team 14-8 in the District 6 tournament at Sparta.

Prospect Post 368 deviated from its normal way of doing things last Thursday and beat the Marysville American Legion Post 79A baseball team 14-8 in the District 6 tournament at Sparta.

It was Marysville's first loss in the double-elimination tournament and it set up a rematch for the title last Friday. The winner advanced to the state tournament Aug. 4-8 in Athens.

Post 368, which Post 79A had beaten 11-7 just three days earlier in the tournament, hit an uncharacteristic three home runs, including a grand slam in the first inning by third baseman John Kuzio.

"We're more of a finesse, small-ball team, but this dirt infield takes away a lot of that small-ball stuff," Post 368 coach Lanny Martin said. "We turned them loose and they've been hitting the ball."

Catcher Aaron Nemo hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and shortstop Cam Collum had a three-run home run in the ninth for Prospect.

Post 79A could've avoided the trouble in the first inning had it made good on a possible double play.

"If you give them a chance, they're going to take advantage of them. Obviously, they did that," said coach Chuck Gould, whose team fell to 28-12 entering last Friday. "(Giving up a grand slam) hurts you psychologically and puts you in a hole right off the bat. We have good team speed and generally we run a lot. We couldn't do that (in this game). You have to battle back and I think we did that."

Post 79A -- which split a doubleheader with Prospect during the regular season, winning 10-4 and losing 8-7 on June 1 -- scored five runs in the eighth inning to pull within 11-8 as designated hitter Mike Coughlin drove in three runs with a double and first baseman Kyle Trainer drove in two more with a double.

Post 79A has reached district finals seven times and qualified for state four times. It won the state title in 2004 and has been state runner-up twice.

Right-fielder Nick Arbogast drove in eight runs during the first win over Prospect in the tournament. He hit two three-run home runs and had a two-run single.

Arbogast's first home run gave his team a 4-1 lead in the third inning. After Prospect went ahead 5-4, Arbogast hit his second home run to put Post 79A in front 7-5 in the seventh inning.

Trainer, playing left field, and third baseman Derek Wyman went 4-for-5 and combined for five runs.

"Nick is a power hitter and he was seeing the ball well," said assistant Bob Feucht, whose team had 16 hits. "That second home run just demoralized Prospect.

"The thing about this team is it is not just one player who carries the team. One night it will be (Kyle Feucht) or Trainer or Ian Hotham. That's been pretty typical of our season. Two or three guys play well and everyone else picks up their game."