The Chargers took advantage of a bevy of early bases on balls and scored half of their runs on sacrifice flies in an 8-4 win over Huron.
The visitors grabbed a 4-0 lead in the second inning, taking advantage of what was given to them. Huron starting pitcher Cole Parker, normally reliable, walked six of the 10 batters he faced.
“As a batter you figure out what the zone is and swing at what they’re calling,” Edison coach Sean Hoover said. “We did a good job laying off some borderline pitches that you might sometimes see called a strike. It wasn’t today.
“Our guys did a nice job sitting back and knowing what the zone was. Our guys were focused and we jumped on them early.”
The bottom of the Edison order had a banner day, as the Nos. 6-9 hitters scored seven runs and reached base 10 times. Justin Hosley, hitting in the 8-hole, was the only Charger to finish the game with two hits. He added a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Edison got five solid innings on the mound from freshman left-hander Thomas Simon (six hits, two earned runs) to improve to 10-3, 6-1 in the Bay Division. Vermilion is 6-0 in the Bay and hosts Edison next Friday.
Edison and Huron combined to leave 23 runners on base. Edison could’ve had a huge early lead but stranded five in the first two innings. Huron left five on in the last two innings and had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh when Caleb Bissell recorded a strikeout to end the game.
“This was a pretty evenly matched game, but when you give up nine walks it kills you,” Huron coach Dan Lindsley said. “I have to give credit to their pitcher (Simon). He did a good job keeping us off balance, for the most part.
“We could’ve done a better job at certain times of putting the bat on the ball. We had quite a few strikeouts and popups. We couldn’t really get it going.”
The Tigers (8-5, 3-2) struck out 10 times while outhitting the Chargers 7-6.
Huron junior catcher Reid Witter tripled in Casey Scroggins in the fifth inning and scored on a Zach Murray double. Witter led off the bottom of the seventh with a towering home run over the left-field fence to cut the Chargers’ lead to 8-4.
“He’s been hitting the left-field gap and corners lately,” Lindsley said. “He has great hand-eye coordination and has gotten faster and stronger. He’s hitting .500 in the league.”
Casey and Christian Scroggins each had two singles for the Tigers and Christian threw five innings of solid relief (three earned runs).
But the Tigers trailed 5-0 before they got on the scoreboard on an Edison error in the fourth.
“We’ve been riding a pretty good wave, but today I thought we were pretty flat,” Lindsley said.
Edison’s Caden Cooper had an unusual batting line of 0-0-0-3 (as in 3 RBI). In five plate appearances, he walked twice and had three run-scoring sacrifice flies on a windy day.
“I told him his last time up he was going to have to do something different because there was nobody on base,” Hoover joked.
“We got it done in some tough conditions, getting some balls out there far enough to score on some sac flies,” he added. “It was a good job with the runners, too. We didn’t get the big two-run double, but we kept the pressure on and added to the lead a little at a time.”
The Chargers were scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday at Shelby before returning to SBC Bay action Monday at Port Clinton.
Edison 041 012 0 — 8 6 2
Huron 000 120 1 — 4 7 2
WP: Thomas Simon; LP: Cole Parker
2B: (E) Austin Kuluris; (H) Zach Murray. 3B: (H) Reid Witter. HR: (H) Witter.