In Wednesday’s 8-5 road win over Peninsula, the Sumner High baseball team was able to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
In a bit of a reversal from Wednesday’s game, the Spartans couldn’t buy a run in Thursday’s 3-1 loss at home.
Sumner’s defensive miscues played a role in all three of Peninsula runs.
An error gave Peninsula a 1-0 lead after the second inning. The Spartans tied the game at 1 apiece when Gage Whitehead scored from third after Chase Torgison grounded into a fielder’s choice.
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"I thought our hitters made some good adjustments," Sumner coach Casey Adcox said. "We were starting to get to them, but we were hitting it right at their guys."
Ryan Russell opened Peninsula’s half of the seventh with a double. And that’s when controversy ensued.
After Russell’s double, Ben Weymiller rolled a fastball to third base. The throw to first pulled Johnny Staley from the bag, but not before the second base umpire called Weymiller out. However, the home plate umpire overturned the call and ruled Weymiller safe, which prompted Adcox to come out and discuss the call.
"I just wanted to see his reasoning to the play," Adcox said. "I wanted his explanation on what he saw."
The ruling proved costly as Peninsula’s Alex Beloate hit a grounder through Sumner shortstop Collin Wolf’s legs that scored both runners and gave the Seahawks a 3-1 lead.
Sumner had one last chance at tying the game in the home seventh as the Spartans loaded the bases with one out, but Josiah Fidecaro and Whitehead couldn’t push any runs across.
Peninsula right-handed starter Jimmy Ritchie kept Sumner off balance throughout his five innings of work.
"I was just trying to keep them off the bases and try to work the count (while) I mix up my looks and location," Ritchie said. "I just tried to throw strikes early in the count, and I give credit to my defense for making plays when we needed to."
Richie had four strikeouts and a walk but picked up a no decision in Peninsula’s (5-13, 4-8) win.
"He was good as he had some good stuff early," Adcox said.