It’s not often you see a tie in a ball game, but due to a two-hour time limit rule in American Legion baseball at the Junior level, the Strategic Legacy Advisors Columbus Lakeview Junior Reds went 1-0-1 in a doubleheader on Monday night against Silver Creek.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Columbus struggled to pull away, but capitalized on poor pitching by Silver Creek. The first two batters for the Reds, Hausten Forney and Taden Bell, were walked and scored later in the inning, giving the home team a 2-0 lead.
But Silver Creek scored two runs of its own in the second, tying the game up at 2-2.
The pressure was on Columbus Lakeview with the game tied.
Caleb VanDyke led off in the bottom of the second and popped out to the second baseman. Austin Krueger was able to get on base after a wild pitch on a full count. The Reds dug themselves deeper into the hole when Devin Lesiak struck out. Forney once again showed patience at the plate and got on first after being walked.
Bell got on base after an error by the left fielder. Krueger and Forney both scored in the inning, giving Columbus Lakeview a 4-2 lead.
Silver Creek tried to stay in it and scored one run in the third when an error by first baseman VanDyke allowed a run to score for Silver Creek narrowing the lead to 4-3.
The home team was unable to score, leaving the game within reach for Silver Creek.
Silver Creek put the pressure on the Reds when they drove in two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.
Still, the Reds responded in the bottom of the frame.
Forney singled, which started a rally for Columbus Lakeview. Bell also got a a base hit and Cody Zurst was walked. All three of those players scored giving them a 7-5 lead that stood for the final score of the game.
The nightcap was a tight contest, as well.
Forney led off and reached base on a wild pitch, scoring the lone run for Columbus Lakeview during the first.
In the second inning, VanDyke, Colin Flyr and Austin Krueger all scored, but the Reds were held scoreless after this until the fifth inning. Ian Gibbs was able to add a marker for the Reds and in the sixth, Kruger crossed home plate one more time.
But, six runs wouldn’t be enough as after eight innings and a two-hour time limit the score was even at 6-6, resulting in the tie.
Despite going 1-0-1, head coach Ron Schilling was not overly impressed by what his team did.
“We didn’t play well,” Schilling said. “It was probably one of our worst games this season.”
The Reds committed five errors in each game, which also frustrated Schilling.
Schilling noted the performance from Bell was one of the bright spots during the game. Bell was able to get on base all four of his plate appearances in the first game and three of four in the second game.
Bell also came in to pitch at the end of the second game and was able to close out the final four batters in 26 pitches.
The next games for the Reds is a doubleheader tonight in Wayne at 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org