Post 303 pitcher Heath Horvath was solid on the mound for the complete game win, giving up five runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits, a walk, a hit batter and eight strikeouts. Horvath remained on the mound after suffering a line drive shot right in the middle of the chest in " the bottom of the first inning.
I thought they " hit him well right off the bat, said Dunklin County " head coach Jamie Johnson. For him to take a shot like that and stay in the game and pitch, I think that shows a little heart by Heath. It almost got him in the heart. He took a heck of a shot."
The Fighting Squirrels never quite could get up and running as the seven runs allowed to their opponent in the first inning " set the " tone.
Ugly, was the word that Charleston head coach Michael Minner used to describe the loss.
"If you can ' 't play defense and you can t ' put it in play, then you " can t win " the ball game, he added. We had too many strikeouts and too many errors. Combine that in with at least eight walks -- you can't put guys on and not get outs and expect to win the ball game ' against good teams. They re a good team and they swing " up and down the lineup. ' '
Charleston s offense wasn t completely non-existent as three of their eight hits came off the bat of No. 2 hitter Jarryd Smith, who was 3-for-3 with three singles, two runs scored and an RBI, while Blake Gaddis added a single, a triple " and three RBI.
I thought " they swung the bats well, said Johnson " of the Squirrels offense. We just got up a little bit and we just had some balls go our way. We just played " a pretty good ball game.
Matt Armstrong suffered the loss for Charleston, going three innings and some change, giving up 14 earned runs on 10 hits, eight walks and a hit batter. He also recorded two strikeouts in the defeat.
Aside from Horvath, Dustin Hunter and Aaron McCaig provided quite a bit offensively for Post 303. Hunter was 4-for-5 with four singles, three runs scored and three RBI, and Mc-Caig was 2-for-3 with a single, a triple, a walk, a sacrifice fly, two runs scored and three RBI.
The Fighting Squirrels will be back in action on Friday evening in the Fulton Wood Bat Classic.