Copley Township — Because of the all the ran dumped on Northeast Ohio in the previous 48 hours, Tallmadge was one of the few baseball teams in the area to play April 8 when it travelled to Copley.
In retrospect, the Blue Devils might have wished for more rain.
Tallmadge suffered its first mercy-rule loss to Suburban League opposition in years, as it fell 14-4 to Copley in five innings.
Tallmadge fell to 2-1-1 on the season following its 3-3 tie with Woodridge April 5.
While the Indians banged out 11 hits in the win, Tallmadge was the architect of its own downfall.
Tallmadge committed seven errors in the game, which led to eight of 14 runs surrendered by Blue Devil pitching being unearned.
“It is what it is,” said Tallmadge coach Kenny Linn. “You’ve got to make plays. You’ve got put runs up when you have the chance. We’ve got to be able to pull it together in all areas of the game.”
Tallmadge senior Tristan Clark (0-1) took the loss, giving up 11 runs (five earned) in 3.2 innings of work.
Copley starter Jarod Deagan went the full five innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits.
After a two-run single from Copley’s Daniel Beaton gave the Indians a 2-0 lead after one inning, Tallmadge came back two run in the third inning. Back-to-back RBI singles by catcher Matt Noel and first baseman John Rensel tied the game at 2-2.
However, the Indians answered with two in the bottom of the third inning.
After a two-out, RBI infield single by Copley’s Jordan Wharton made it 5-2, the floodgates opened when a three-base error made it 8-2 in the top of the fifth.
Copley would send 14 batters to the plate in the fourth and finish with a 13-2 lead.
Tallmadge was able to prolong the game in the top of the fifth, as an RBI double by Clark was followed by an RBI single from right fielder Tyler Duben to make it 13-4.
However, Copley loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth. Off a slow grounder to the shortstop, Tallmadge committed its seventh error of the game. That allowed Wharton to score and invoke the 10-run mercy rule.
Tallmadge will look to get revenge on the Indians when Copley travels to Dave Young Field April 9 at 4:30 p.m.