Post 27 ousted in regional
PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Post 27’s appearance in the regional was short-lived.
On Thursday, Bristol bounced the Diamond Spyders from the tournament with a convincing 11-6 victory at Bill Nixon Field.
Post 27 had fits trying to figure out Bristol starting pitcher Jake Tucker.
Tucker allowed just three runs on five hits over eight innings as the Diamond Spyders never had more than one hit when he was on the mound.
“I thought we came out kind of flat and they came out and did a nice job hitting the ball,” Post 27 manager Will Hostrawser said.
“(Tucker) kept us out on our front foot a lot and he had a real good curveball and good command today. His fastball wasn’t overwhelming, but he spotted it really well and that’s a sign of a good pitcher.”
Meanwhile, Bristol got to Post 27 starting pitcher Brayden Davidson early, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first three innings.
“Brayden didn’t have his best stuff today,” Hostrawser admitted. “He struggled through a couple innings there and got into a high pitch count early so we kind of had to throw the kitchen sink at them with our pitching staff.”
Bristol pounded out 15 hits and had three innings where it sent at least seven men to the plate.
Post 27, on the other hand, was limited to a pair of singles in the first five innings.
The Diamond Spyders finally got to Tucker in the eighth. Trailing 7-1, Tyler LaFollette hit a two-run home run over the left field fence, driving in Tanner Hampton, who had reached base on an error.
“Tyler is a competitor,” Hostrawser said. “Day in and day out he comes out here and tries to give his best effort.
“We needed a few more guys to step up and do that.”
In the bottom half of the inning, Bristol put the game out of reach by plating four runs.
With his pitch count climbing and his team enjoying an 11-3 lead, Tucker exited the game prior to the ninth inning.
Post 27 took advantage of Tucker being out of the game. The Diamond Spyders singled three times to score three runs in their last at bat. Two of those runs were driven in by center fielder Eric Knepper’s single.
Knepper was one of only two Diamond Spyders to have more than one hit in the game. Justin Gierlowski had a pair of singles and reached base a third time courtesy of being hit by a pitch.
The hitting star for Bristol was right fielder Trevor Hobbs. Batting in the fifth spot, Hobbs went 3-for-5 with three singles.
Interestingly enough, Bristol didn’t have an extra base hit in the ball game. Instead, to its credit, it strung back-to-back hits together on several occasions, took advantage of seven walks and capitalized on some shoddy defensive play by Post 27.
The Diamond Spyders committed three errors in the game and had some other mental miscues that