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TALLMADGE — Tallmadge baseball’s victory April 17 over Barberton may have been the epitome of a “team win.”
Tallmadge purposefully used six different pitchers and 13 hits to score a 9-6 win over the Magics at Dave Young Field.
The Blue Devils improved to 10-3, 4-2 in the Suburban League American Conference with the win.
Tallmadge coach Kenny Linn said he used his pitching staff by committee because the Blue Devils are facing a full week of league games.
Junior Jared Burick (5-0) started and pitched two scoreless innings, while junior Zach Boyd pitched a scoreless third inning.
Tallmadge’s offense got to work early, as the Blue Devils put up three runs in the second and third inning off Barberton starter Zach Scalf (0-1).
Burick opened the second inning with an infield single, followed by a solid single from designated hitter Josh Taylor and a bunt single from catcher Rich Eyre. Burick then scored on a throwing error.
Left fielder Sam Seeker then smacked a two-run single to make it 3-0.
In the third inning, Burick reached base on an error, followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from Taylor and Eyre. Second baseman Garrett Sands then hit an RBI single to plate Eyre and make it 6-0.
While the Blue Devils’ pitching and hitting were on point, Tallmadge’s defense failed it a bit, as all six of Barberton’s runs were unearned. The worst of it came in the top of the fourth inning.
With one out, two walks and two Blue Devil errors allowed Barberton to get on the scoreboard against Tallmadge reliever Phil Glasser.
Barberton then got its biggest hit of the night, as left fielder Zach Saunders hit a three-run double. An RBI single from second baseman Brandon
Seiter scored Saunders allowed Barberton to cut the lead to 6-5 midway through the fourth inning.
After the fourth, however, Tallmadge’s defense tightened up, as Sam Seeker and Cam Knutty each pitched a scoreless inning.
Meanwhile, Tallmadge got three more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Taylor led off the inning by reaching on an error and scored on an RBI single from Eyre. Sam Seeker then hit a double to the fence in left, followed by an RBI ground out from Sands.
Glasser then put down an RBI bunt single to score Seeker and make it 9-5 after five innings.
Barberton’s last hope came in the seventh inning when Magics’ shortstop Hayden Murphy walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error. However, Taylor struck out Barberton left fielder Jacob Chisnell to end the game.
Although Blue Devil pitching gave up seven walks, it also gave up only two hits while striking out nine Magics.
Tallmadge travels to Medina Highland April 20 at 4:30 p.m.