Cambridge Post 84 picked a good time to crank up its offense on Friday afternoon to open up action in the District 11 American Legion Baseball Tournament at Don Coss Field.
Post 84 banged out a total of 18 hits to roll past Barnesville Post 168 by a lopsided 17-5 final margin in an opening round match-up.
"We really have kind of been struggling offensively lately," Cambridge manager Ron Antill offered. "But today we were swinging the bats really well, just about everybody contributed today to this win."
But like most baseball coaches, Antill was still not completely satisfied with his team’s performance on the day.
"I know its kind of hard to complain when you win 17-5...but I’m not real happy with our four errors," Antill added. "Just seemed like we were not totally focused out there and we will need to clean that defense up moving forward. Today it didn’t hurt us with the way our offense was clicking."
Cambridge got started early with a first inning run with Trent Valentine leading off the game with a scorching double to left-center field off Barnesville starter Zack Thompson. Gavin Thompson would then deliver the first of his game-high four RBIs in the game with an ground out to plate Valentine for a 1-0 Post 84 lead.
Post 84 extended its lead out to 5-0 in the third frame with a four-run rally, with Trent Valentine stroking his second consecutive double for an RBI and Peyton Neff ripping an RBI triple for Cambridge.
Barnesville took advantage of some sloppy Post 84 defense to tally three runs in the bottom of the third off Cambridge starting pitcher Jenson Helmuth to pull within 5-3.
Jagger Jefferis and Alex Meade each banged out singles for Post 168 in the inning.
With the offense in high gear, Cambridge quickly responded and tacked on another big inning in the fifth by plating five more runs to extend the lead out to 10-3.
Lane Howell and Blade Barclay got in on the offensive fun for Post 84. Howell laced a double to tally a pair of RBIs, while Barclay slapped a single to record two RBIs to lead the charge.
Cambridge would then outscore Barnesville by a 7-2 margin to close out the game with the lopsided 17-5 victory.
Thompson finished with his game-high four RBIs with a triple, double and single to finish a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Logan Fox racked up three base hits, with Clark Jennings ripping a double, single with three RBIs.
Howell and Trent Valentine each collected a pair of doubles, with Howell picking up two RBIs and Valentine one. Connor Leppla singled twice with an RBI, Neff tripled and singled with two RBIs and Dylan Beaver slugged a triple to record an RBI.
Helmuth earned the victory on the hill for Cambridge working five innings, allowing five hits and five runs while striking out four and walking one. Brock Valentine threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Thompson took the loss for Barnesville Post 168, lasting five innings, allowing 11 hits and ten runs while striking out three and walking one.
Barnesville finished with six hits in the loss, with Jefferis racking up three singles to lead the way, Cade Hannahs had a pair of base hits.