The Sandusky team finished the week with a 5-1 record to improve to 8-2 overall this season. Its lone loss over the six games was by one run.
First, Post 83 opened with an 8-0 win over the Sandusky Travelers on Tuesday at Perkins High School.
In that game, leadoff hitter Gavin Starcher, a recent St. Paul graduate, was 2 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Bryson Harvey (Norwalk 2018) was 0 for 3, but also drew a walk and scored a run.
Also for Post 83, Leighton Battles, a recent Norwalk graduate, walked twice and scored three runs — giving the Norwalk area trio five of the eight runs scored in the win.
On Friday, Post 83 was edged out by Wayne County, 4-3, in its first game of the Ottawa Legion tournament. Wayne County scored a run in the top of the seventh to take a 4-1 lead, then held off a late rally by Sandusky.
In the loss, Starcher had one of the two hits for Sandusky, and also drove in a run. Battles scored a run and Harvey drew a walk. Bellevue’s Ethan Prenatt went the distance on the mound — allowing three earned runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and three walks.
In Sandusky’s first game on Saturday, the team scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning for a 2-1 win over Findlay. Among area players, Battles walked, while Bellevue’s Dalton Hay walked twice and scored once.
In a 1-0 win over Piqua, Sandusky got a single run in the top of the third inning and made it stand. Harvey was 1 for 2 in the win, while Hay tripled and Battles again reached base on a walk.
On the final day of the tournament, Sandusky opened with a 9-4 win over host Ottawa behind another big performance from Starcher.
He was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a run scored in the win, which also saw Harvey finish 1 for 2 with two RBIs as well. Dalton Hay doubled and scored, and also pitched six innings for the win.
Hay allowed three unearned runs on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Harvey threw a 16-pitch seventh, allowing one run on one hit with a walk.
In the championship and final game of the weekend on Sunday, Starcher and Sandusky rolled to a 13-5 win over the same Wayne County team it lost to on Friday to earn the trophy.
Post 83 erupted for a 10-run first inning and never looked back as Starcher finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Harvey was 2 for 4 with a double and scored a pair of runs, while Battles drew a walk — and Hay was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.
On the mound, Starcher and Harvey teamed up. Starcher got the win, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and five walks over the first three innings.
Harvey then finished the game out with four strong innings. He allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Travelers 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Post 83 002 312 x — 8 8 0
WP: McClung; LP: Cole
2B: (83) Pelz, Starcher; 3B: (83) Farrar
Wayne Co. 000 030 1 — 4 8 1
Post 83 000 010 2 — 3 2 2
WP: Garrison; LP: Prenatt
Post 83 000 002 0 — 2 2 3
Findlay 000 000 1 — 1 5 1
WP: Hand; LP: Wilkinson
Post 83 001 000 0 — 1 6 3
Piqua 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
WP: Reese; LP: Keller
3B: (83) Hay
Ottawa 000 003 1 — 4 4 2
Post 83 110 142 x — 9 9 4
WP: Hay; LP: Balbaugh
2B: (83) Hay, Will
Wayne Co. 120 200 0 — 5 6 3
Post 83 (10)00 102 — 13 12 3
WP: Starcher; LP: McBane
2B: (83) Farrar 2, Harvey, Hay