Although his team fell short of its goal of reaching the state tournament, American Legion Union Post 79A baseball coach George Scheiderer was pleased with its progress.

Although his team fell short of its goal of reaching the state tournament, American Legion Union Post 79A baseball coach George Scheiderer was pleased with its progress.

Post 79A finished 22-14 after losing to Utica Post 92 16-15 in the District 6 tournament July 16 at Highland Community Park in Sparta.

"Overall, it was a great season," Scheiderer said. "We finished with a .611 winning percentage. We played 36 games and there was really only one game (a 9-1 loss to the Ohio Force on July 1 in the Midwest Classic in Cincinnati) that there was a team we couldn't play with. Everybody else we played against we played with. Even games we lost, they were good teams and we could have won them."

Post 79A opened the double-elimination district tournament by losing to Mount Vernon Post 136 4-3 on July 14, but the team bounced back to defeat Ashley Post 518 7-6 later that day.

"We played three games and they were all one-run games," Scheiderer said. "We opened against Mount Vernon, which was probably the favorite going in and we had a tough game against them. I think our team is right there with them."

Post 136 played Prospect Post 368 or Post 92 in the championship game on July 19.

Against Post 136, Post 79A tied the game at 3 on Noah Arbogast's two-run single in the seventh inning. Arbogast will be a junior at Marysville.

Post 136, however, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Post 136 also defeated Post 79A 12-10 in nine innings on May 30.

Against Post 518, Post 79A took a 6-0 lead in the fifth before Post 518 rallied with two runs in the fifth, three in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Post 79A pulled out the win by scoring in the bottom of the ninth when Matt McCoy came home on Nick Ciotola's bases-loaded walk. Both will be juniors at Marysville.

Against Post 92, Post 79A couldn't hold a 15-9 lead in the top of the ninth. Three balks called against Brendan Colvin resulted in two runs.

"I've never been involved in a game like that," Scheiderer said. "I've probably coached almost 400 baseball games and it was probably the toughest loss, and it was probably because we got eliminated. It was the end of our season. The way we lost with those balks, and the fact that Brendan Colvin hasn't balked since eighth grade."

Colvin, who pitched three scoreless innings before the ninth, will be a junior at Marysville.

Post 79A had 16 hits against Post 92. Alex Rodenhausen homered, doubled and singled and McCoy tripled, doubled and singled.

Rodenhausen is a 2011 graduate of Marysville.

Arbogast and Colvin each singled twice.

"I'm still stinging from the loss to Utica that ended our season, but I'm just more bummed that our legion season is over because I enjoyed coaching these kids so much," said Scheiderer, who was in his first season with the Post 79A senior team.

"We were disappointed," McCoy said. "We were hoping to make it further. We thought we were one of the better teams in the district. I thought we took it well."

Players from Marysville will compete in the Union County Fall League beginning Aug. 26. Teams will play doubleheaders on Sundays during the six-week season.

Last year, eight teams and approximately 85-90 boys participated in the league, Scheiderer said.

"It was real competitive last year, but it's more laid back," he said. "It's just an opportunity to get those kids some additional reps in the field."