Defeated Roberts Tool & Die 15-3 in two innings Tuesday, June 18, 2019, for annual tournament's title
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — With an outcome made largely-anticlimactic by one team’s lack of a full lineup, The Ad Zone romped to a 15-3 victory over Roberts Tool & Die Tuesday (June 18) in the championship game of the 2019 Chillicothe Summer Playground Association’s traditional end-of-season tournament for its 13-and-under baseball division.
After stomping Chillicothe Bootery in the semifinal game of the 3-teams tournament, despite having only about a half-dozen players, Roberts Tool & Die used those plus a pickup from a 10-and-under division team which had a 5:30 p.m. regular-season game Tuesday evening to try to do battle with The Ad Zone, which had 10 players on hand.
With The Ad Zone as the home team, Roberts used a 2-outs rally to gain a brief 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a walk to James Panholzer, a single by Anthony Martin, and their advancement around the bases on a variety of steals and wild pitches or passed balls.
The Ad Zone quickly erased that deficit in its first. Carter Rader drew a leadoff walk and Remington Crowley reached on a dropped third strike. After a walk to Isaiah Myers and a groundout back to starting RTD pitcher Gannon Moore, Trent Jacobs delivered the game’s first hit.
After Moore fielded another comebacker to get the second out, bases on balls to Dante Harris and Christian McLey were followed by a Colton Sullivan single as The Ad Zone lead continued to grow. Walks to Ryan Schuler, Rader, and Crowley then were succeeded by four singles in a row by Myers, James McCoy, Jacobs, and Gabe Wedlock, running the lead up to 13-2 before the final out of the inning was made.
TAZ pitcher McCoy gave up a leadoff single and two steals to Jackson Cassity opening the second inning. Bryson Shoop then waited out a walk and stole second. While Cassity eventually scored and Shoop reached third, Roberts Tool & Dye’s potential big inning that could have cut significantly into its deficit was short-circuited by McCoy, who got the leadoff man in the lineup to pop up to second base and then struck out the next two to limit the damage to a single run.
As the 70-minutes time limit drew nearer and nearer, TAZ went back to work, re-expanding its lead. McLey and Sullivan singled, back to back, to open the home second before relief pitcher James Panholzer slipped called third strikes past each of the next two batters.
However, one out away from ending the second inning just in time to qualify to play a third, RTD saw Crowley strike a single and The Ad Zone boost its lead to 15-3. When the count went full on the next batter, the time limit was reached and, with the home team batting and leading, play was terminated with The Ad Zone as 2019 tournament champion.
With the Roberts defense thin by having only five fielders behind its pitchers, The Ad Zone collected seven hits – all singles and each by a different batter. Rader led the defensive support for winning hurler McCoy.
In addition to having one of his team’s two hits, Cassity was Roberts’ leading defensive player.