TWINSBURG — In a battle of unbeaten baseball teams Tuesday, one bad inning handed Wadsworth its first loss, 10-3 to Twinsburg in Suburban League National Conference play.
“We knew coming in it was going to be tough. I can’t ever remember when it wasn’t tough,” eighth-year Grizzlies coach Greg Pickard said. “This is a tough place to play, and they’re always well coached.”
Twinsburg (8-0, 5-0) was nursing a 1-0 lead when its bats exploded in third inning. Beginning with second baseman Tyler Peltz, the first six hitters reached base en route to seven runs on six hits, two walks and an error. When Wadsworth got the first out, the Tigers had already built a 5-0 lead.
Peltz walked and singled in the inning, left fielder Nick Bonnizzo and third baseman Dylan Jackson each had a run and RBI and designated hitter Chase Oberthaler and right fielder A.J. Zigman scored a run and drove in two apiece.
The inning ended when shortstop Carl Pennington and second baseman Peter Jelenic turned a double play.
“The inning got away from us a bit there, but give them a lot of credit,” Pickard said. “They hit the ball, they came to play and their hitters had a great approach at the plate one through nine and made life tough for us.”
Compounding the problem, Wadsworth’s typically potent offense struggled to deliver the big hit. The Grizzlies went 1-for-11 and stranded five with runners in scoring position.
“Our approach at the plate needs to be better, and Twinsburg’s was great today,” senior catcher Matt Moore said. “Looking to drive balls the other way and just put the ball in play.
“Sometimes you don’t get the perfect pitch to hit, but you’ve got to hit it anyways, and that’s something we’ve got to work on.”
Moore ripped a double to center field to lead off the fourth inning and scored on a wild pitch by Tigers starter Zach Simchon. Junior Jake Peebles followed with an infield single and scored when designated hitter Connor Stewart hit into a fielder’s choice.
Peebles started at first base but relieved Chase Diosy in the middle of the third inning. Peebles allowed three earned runs over four innings with one strikeout.
Simchon earned the victory over five innings, allowing two earned runs and five hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts.
Wadsworth senior Nick Lallathin scored on a shot to right field by Moore in the seventh.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes today, stuff we don’t normally do,” Moore said. “I think it’s good to see that it happens, and we can bounce back and learn from it.”
Twinsburg 10, Wadsworth 3
WADSWORTH 000 200 1 — 3 7 2
TWINSBURG 107 101 x — 10 12 1
WP — Zach Simchon 5 innings, 2 runs, 2 earned, 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts. LP — Chase Diosy 2-plus innings, 7 runs, 6 earned, 7 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts. Wadsworth (9-1, 4-1) — Brock Snowball double; Matt Moore double, run. Twinsburg (8-0, 5-0) — Zach Carinci 2 singles; Dylan Jackson 2 doubles, 2 runs, RBI; Justin Laley 2 singles, home run, walk, 3 runs, RBI; Nick Bonnizzo triple, walk, run, 2 RBIs; Chase Oberthaler single, run 2 RBIs; A.J. Zigman 2 singles, run, 2 RBIs.