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Milan Post 527 drops opener

By JOSH BURRIS • Jun 6, 2018 at 6:30 AM

PERKINS TWP. — Sandusky American Legion Post 83 won their home opener in walk-off fashion, defeating Milan Post 527 5-4 at Perkins High School.

With two men on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Sandusky’s Chase Eisenhauer (Bellevue) hit a single down the third-base line to bring home the winning run.

Sandusky had a 4-1 lead after the sixth inning, but Milan fought back for three runs over the next two innings to tie the game. Daniel Burris (Bellevue) got the win on the mound for Sandusky, pitching the last inning and allowing just one hit. Robbie Webb (Clyde) started the game and pitched the first six innings, allowing one run on five hits while throwing eight strikeouts and two walks.

In the batter’s box, Sandusky (3-0) combined for 10 hits. Dalton Hay (Bellevue) went 2 for 3 in the game, with a single, double, walk, run and two RBIs. Webb, Everett Samstag (St. Mary Central Catholic) and Eisenhauer each added a pair of singles.

On the Milan side (0-2), Bryce Bailey (Willard) suffered the loss. Bailey pitched the last four innings, allowing one run on four hits while throwing three strikeouts and two walks. Bryson Harvey (Norwalk) pitched the first five innings, allowing four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Like Sandusky, Milan also had 10 team hits. AJ Jolly (Perkins) went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a single and two runs. Justin Studd (Western Reserve) added a single, double, walk and two RBIs.

“It was a good team win,” Post 83 coach Jason Samstag said. “Everyone put a little effort into it, some extra hits and pitches. It was good.”

“We did a nice job coming back tonight, give those guys credit,” Milan coach Dan Lindsley said. “They did a nice job getting guys on base, putting pressure on us. Just a good overall baseball game. A lot of kids from the same school and from the area. It was a fun, well-played game on both sides in my opinion.”

Milan was first to get on the scoreboard in the first inning. Jolly was first to get on with a double. Studd later hit a double to bring him home.

Sandusky scored two runs in the second inning. With two outs and nobody on, Samstag got on base with a single. Ethan Prenatt (Bellevue) followed with a walk. Then Hay brought both of them home with an RBI double to give Sandusky a 2-1 lead.

After a scoreless third and fourth, Sandusky added two more runs in the fifth. Hay led the inning off with a walk. Eisenhauer laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Hay. Eisenhauer was also safe due to a throwing error. Garrett Vickery (Bellevue) brought Hay home on a groundout. Webb then brought home Eisenhauer on an RBI single.

After a scoreless sixth, Milan added a run in the seventh. Bailey reached first base after a dropped third strike on what would have been the third out of the inning. Reid Witter (Huron) kept the inning going with a single, followed by another single from Jermaine Harris (Sandusky) that scored Bailey.

Milan added another run in the eighth inning. Harvey got on base after an error by Sandusky, followed by a single from Jolly. Studd later hit a single that brought Harvey and Jolly home to tie the game 4-4.

Tied up in the ninth, Prenatt started things off with a single for Sandusky. Hay followed with a single. Eisenhauer then hit a line drive to bring home Prenatt to end the game with a 5-4 win for Sandusky.

Sandusky’s next game will be on Wednesday at Oak Harbor. Milan will take on Oak Harbor on Thursday at Woodland’s field in Huron.

Milan 100 000 120 — 4 10 2

Sandusky 020 020 001 — 5 10 2

WP: Daniel Burris; LP: Bryce Bailey

2B: (M): Jolly 2, J. Studd; (S): Hay

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