Flyers fall in D-4 district tournament
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE — Meatloaf once sang, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.”
So what is one out of three?
The St. Joseph Flyers got a good pitching performance from Tanner Riley but the rest of their game struggled as they lost 6-0 to the Green Bobcats on Sunday in the Division IV district semifinals behind the no-hit pitching of T.J. McCloud.
“If you don’t do hitting or fielding, it makes it hard to win. We kicked it all around. It was one of those days,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant.
St. Joseph (13-5) was guilty of five throwing errors to go with their lack of offense. Riley allowed just three hits and only one earned run. He struck out seven and walked four.
“Tanner deserved better. We didn’t give him much support offensively or in the field,” said Bryant.
McCloud struck out seven and walked six in picking up the win.
Green took a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
Dillon Smith, Colton Brammer and Adam Riffitt had the three Green hits.
Keith Stepp walked and Tyler Hughes reached on a throwing error to put runners on the corners. Smith had a sacrifice bunt to move Hughes up a base and McCloud hit a sacrifice fly. Brammer had a two-out RBI single to cap the rally.
Two more runs scored in the fourth. Robbie Applegate was safe on a one-out error and scored when Stepp reached on a throwing error. An errant throw to second base attempting to cut down Stepp went into the outfield and sent the runner home.
After a scoreless fifth, Green got its final two runs in the sixth.
Riffitt singled and pinch-runner Cody Bruce went to third on a pair of wild pitches.
Bruce was cut down at home trying to score on Applegate’s ground ball, but Stepp was safe on an error, Hughes walked and Smith had a two-run single.
St. Joseph 000 000 0 = 0 0 5
Green 002 202 x = 6 3 1
Tanner Riley and Justin Mahlmeister. T.J. McCloud and Matt Ratcliff. W-McCloud (K-7, BB-6). L-Riley (K-7, BB-4, ER-1). Hitting-Green: Dillon Smith 1-3, Colton Brammer 1-3, Adam Riffitt 1-1.