EAST LIVERPOOL - The East Liverpool Potters sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning, tallying five times on their way to a 12-0 triumph over the visiting Beaver Local Beavers Wednesday.
The Potters banged out seven hits in the initial frame with a triple by Aaron Bombich and doubles by Hunter Maze and Tyler Recktenwald being the big blows. East Liverpool's cause was aided by three Beaver Local errors during the inning.
"We jumped out on top early by hitting the ball hard," said East Liverpool head coach Ryan Willis. "We couldn't ask for much more than what our guys did in the first inning."
"In that first inning, we had two big errors that really opened the floodgates and they didn't get shut," said Beaver Local head coach Steve Dawson. "Give East Liverpool credit. They were making plays and we weren't."
East Liverpool's improves to 8-10 while the Beavers are 6-10.
The Potters got on the scoreboard three more times in the third frame. Ryan Bombich's one-out double down the left field line drove in his brother Aaron. Briar Meek drove in Recktenwald with a line-drive single to center. Jay Lane followed with a two-bagger to left that brought Meek home with the Potters' 10th run.
East Liverpool wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the fourth as Austin Burson's single drove in Austyn Dozier and Shane Talbott for a 12-0 lead.
"I know that Beaver Local is a very good baseball team," Willis said. "We didn't want to get satisfied and complacent once we got the early lead. This was a whole team effort and I was proud that we kept our foot to the pedal."
Potter senior Ryian Burson was honored as the team's lone senior in pregame ceremonies. Burson then took the mound, limiting the Beavers to seven singles, only allowing multiple baserunners in the first and fifth innings. On the offensive side of the game, Burson knocked out two base hits and stole a base. Ryan Bombich and Meek also had two hits for the Potters, who were credited with 12 hits for the game.
"We played great as a team. We executed," said Burson. "We got the runs going by creating them when it mattered. Playing a rival like this is what gets us excited. This is what we've been playing for."
With the two teams meeting again today and then in the sectional tournament Saturday in Steubenville, this has turned into a three-game series being played at three different sites.
"It's important for us not to try and take too much from this game tonight," said the Potter coach. 'We will probably be battling tooth and nail the next two games. We can't rest on our laurels."
"It was one of those games," Dawson said. "We wanted to play well. We have a lot of young kids. We are trying to find the right mix."
Chase Wilcox led the Beavers' hitting attack with three hits.
"Chase has come a long way the last few days," said Dawson. "Being a left-handed batter, he was getting pitched outside quite a bit. Chase has been working hard and is now turning the corner. He is getting much better at making solid contact and has definitely improved."
The two teams will face each today at Beaver Local's field which is located behind the Columbiana County Career Center in Lisbon.
BL-Caleb Jackson, lp (3IP, 2K, 2BB), Chandler Cornell (1IP, 0K, 0BB) and Bradley Gibson.
EL-Ryian Burson, wp (5IP, 1K, 1BB) and Briar Meek.