COLTON — Colton “literally used their bats to pound us,” Pomeroy baseball coach Dave Boyer said Wednesday after his team fell to the Wildcats 16-1 in the District 9 Class 1B playofs Tuesday.
“It was pretty lopsided up there,” Boyer said. “We couldn’t hit and they did. The four errors we gave up didn’t even figure on their scoring, their 16 runs were all earned runs.
“They’re just a good ball club,” Boyer said. “They play really good and Jake (Strong, who started Tuesday) pitches really good, and Jordan Druffel pitches really good too, so between the two of them they’re pretty hard to beat.”
Pomeroy scored its lone run in the top of the first inning on a Cade Gingerich walk and a Sam Lindekugel RBI double. Things went steeply downhill from there, Boyer said.
Colton scored three runs in the home first, 10 in the second and three more in the third.
Colton hit two home runs in the second inning, with pitcher Jake Strong hammering a grand slam and Justin Myer a solo blast two batters later.
Pomeroy went through three pitchers in the first three innings: Gingerich, an eighth-grader, Lindekugel, a senior who hadn’t played since his freshman year, and Jared Starin, another eighth-grader.
Pomeroy’s No. 1 pitcher, freshman Havin Heytvelt, has been out the past three weeks with a nagging back injury.
“We’ll be back and improved next year,” Boyer said. “We’re only losing two seniors and we’ll have a lot of guys coming back. I’m not happy about losing 16 to one, but there’s brighter spots for us down the road. We’ll get there.”
Pomeroy ends the year at 5-16 and graduates Lindekugel and outfielder Eric Wade.
COLTON 16, POMEROY 1
Pomeroy 100 00 — 1 1 4
Colton 3(10)3 0X — 16 14 1
Gingerich, Lindekugel (2), Starin (3) and Hyatt. Jake Strong and A. Myer.
HR — Strong, J. Myer.
Hits — Pomeroy: Lindekugel. Colton: A. Myer 3, Strong 3, Dahmen, J. Myer, Weber 2, Druffel 2, Jackson, Patchen,