The Pickerington Post 283 American Legion baseball team bounced back from a tough loss in the state tournament, winning 7-1 over Harrison Yeager Post 199 on Aug. 1 at Beavers Field in Lancaster.
Pickerington, which fell into the losers bracket with a 12-11, 12-inning loss to Troy Post 43 on July 31, is one of four teams remaining in the eight-team, double-elimination event.
Pickerington will play at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, against the loser of the winners bracket final between Troy and Wayne County Post 68.
Against Yeager, Doug Connor scattered five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts and did not allow an earned run. He also hit a two-run double.
“Connor did a heckuva job,” coach Chris Weber said. “He did a good job commanding his pitches and he got stronger in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. We fixed a mechanical problem in around the fifth inning and he just took control from there.”
Derek Helbing was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs, as Pickerington took advantage of seven walks and five errors.
In the loss to Troy, Pickerington made seven errors.
“We didn’t make seven errors in all of June combined,” Weber said. “I swear I didn’t know those guys out there. We battled and never gave up, but it was a miracle we were even in the game with seven errors.”
Troy snapped a 5-all tie with a five-run sixth. Pickerington trailed 11-8 in the ninth with a runner on first base and was down to its final out before rallying to force extra innings. Greg Peffley, who was 5-for-7, hit a solo home run in the top of the 12th for Troy.
Tyler Magley was 2-for-3 with two runs for Pickerington. Adam Snyder singled and tripled, scored three times and drove in two runs. Chris Brake had three RBI and Tyler Makuch added two. Steven Asbury doubled twice.
Michael Long was 0-for-0 in six plate appearances, walking five times and getting hit by a pitch. He scored twice.