Dan Eurich hit a two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a five-run rally that lifted the Worthington Post 239 baseball team to a 10-9 victory over Coshocton Post 65 in Game 1 of the American Legion state tournament Monday.
LANCASTER -- Dan Eurich hit a two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a five-run rally that lifted the Worthington Post 239 baseball team to a 10-9 victory over Coshocton Post 65 in Game 1 of the American Legion state tournament Monday morning at Beavers Field.
Post 239, which appeared to be on the verge of losing by run-rule in its first game of the double-elimination tournament, trailed 7-0 after four innings but scored five runs in both the eighth and ninth.
Worthington Post 239 advanced to play Pickerington Post 283 later Monday in a battle of two of central Ohio's three state-qualifying teams. Utica Post 92, the other area entrant, also opened Monday afternoon.
Mark Zuccaro walked to lead off the ninth for Post 239. Will Meador and Andy Bean both singled to load the bases and Sam Adams hit a two-run single to center field to make it 9-7. David Lykens hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Bean.
Eurich then sent a 1-1 pitch into right-center field. The ball hit the top of the fence and bounced over for the winning homer.
Trailing 7-0 in the eighth, Zuccaro singled and Meador tripled to right-center field to end a strong outing for Coshocton starter Thomas Ellis. He allowed six hits and two walks with two strikeouts, and the Cherokees made a pair of double plays behind him.
Bean greeted reliever Michael Adams with an RBI double and Sam Adams lined a home run to left-center field. Lykens singled and Eurich walked, and Collin Finn's groundout made it 7-5.
Coshocton, making its first appearance at state since 1976, stretched its led to 9-5 in the top of the ninth off Sean Hoy, who relieved Post 239 starter Cody Strayer in the eighth.
Coshocton fell to 22-24 and Post 239 was 25-9 before playing Pickerington Post 283, which was 37-3.