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After a warm week of play in South Carolina, Tallmadge baseball's return to Northeast Ohio left them cold.
Kent Roosevelt stunned the Blue Devils 4-3 win at Roosevelt Park April 4 in Tallmadge's Suburban League American Conference opener.
Tallmadge dropped to 5-2, 0-1 in the conference.
Tallmadge started well, as shortstop Phil Glasser single and Seth Gergely reach on a bunt single. However, an attempted double steal would see Glasser caught in a rundown between third and home and eventually tagged out.
Gergely would score on a ground out from pitcher Zach Boyd.
Roosevelt got the run right back in the bottom of the first. With two out, shortstop Riley Day singled and first baseman Phil Kaderle was hit by a pitch. Center fielder Dean Gray then hit an RBI single to make it 1-1.
Tallmadge got the lead back in the top of the third. Glasser got a two-out double to right-center, which was followed by an RBI single by Gergely.
Down 2-1, Roosevelt found another answer in the bottom of the third.
Left fielder Nathan Ritchey singled and Day walked. After a wild pitch, Kaderle hit a two-run single to it 3-2 after three innings.
Tallmadge tied the game in the fifth with the biggest hit of the day, as catcher Rich Eyre belted a solo home run over the fence in left.
That would be it for Tallmadge’s offense, however, as Rubish picked up the win by going five innings, giving up three earned runs on five his with one strikeout.
Once again, Roosevelt answered. In the bottom of the fifth, Ritchey hit an infield single. That hit spelled then end for Boyd (1-1), who went 4.33 innings, giving up four runs on five hits with five strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter.
However, Ritchey went to third on two wild pitches by Tallmadge reliever Mikah McGlaughlin. Day then hit a sacrifice fly to deep left, allowing Ritchey to score.
Boyd tried to get Tallmadge back in it with a lead-off single in the sixth inning, but he was picked off by Roosevelt freshman reliever Zach Common.
Common then retired the final five batters he face in order to pick up the save.
Tallmadge will host the return game with Kent Roosevelt April 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Dave Young Field.