With Edon’s pitching depth nearly depleted, Bryan’s offense didn’t need much time to grab control of Tuesday’s game.
The Bears scored in each of their four turns at-bat, including 12 runs in the third inning, en route to a 17-3 drubbing in five innings of Edon in the Williams County ACME Sectional final at Sumpter Field.
The win gave Bryan a sectional championship, though Edon advanced to the district tournament as well. Districts are set to begin Friday.
“It’s expected, but it’s still good to get at the end,” Bryan assistant coach Eli Tressler said. “It’s always rewarding. We want to win state again, we won state last year, and we’re one step closer.”
Bryan’s offense answered an early Edon run with a Logan Clemens RBI single in the first inning, then added two more runs to its lead with a two-run second inning. Then in the third inning, the floodgates opened.
Edon walked six batters and hit four more, as Bryan scored 12 runs on just one hit and two errors in the inning. Playing in its fifth game in five days, Edon’s pitching staff was simply too depleted to throw experienced pitchers.
“We can’t take them lightly even if they don’t have their best, because you never know, it’s baseball,” Tressler said. “We wanted to score first. We didn’t want to come out slow like we have been lately, that was our approach.”
The Bombers’ bats couldn’t muster enough offense to dig themselves out of the big hole, as the game ended after the top of the fifth. Edon threw four pitchers and issued 12 walks in four innings.
“I couldn’t really expect much from them, because a couple of those kids haven’t even thrown all summer for us,” Edon coach Preston Klingler said. “I just told them to go out there and throw strikes, let them hit the ball. For the situation they were put in, I thought they did alright.”
Benny Roebuck and Trevor Ward each had two RBIs for the Bears, which was plenty of offense to earn the win.
Ward started for Bryan and went all five innings. He allowed five hits and three runs, two of which were scored off the bat of Austin Kiess.
Both Edon and Bryan advanced to the district tournament on Friday, where Defiance will play Edon at 5 p.m at Sumpter Field. Bryan will play Fairview at 7:15.
The layoff will help both teams, especially Edon, as the pitching staffs rest up for another weekend loaded with tournament play.
“That’ll help us, especially,” Klingler said. “The rest of the teams are obviously a lot bigger, a lot better situation than what we were in. That’ll help us a lot, we’ll have our three starters that we need to, we can go to the bullpen and have kids throw strikes for us that we need to.”