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BATH TOWNSHIP — After Tallmadge head baseball coach Kenny Linn won career game No. 300 April 25, career win No. 301 April 26 at Revere was anything but a thing of beauty.
However, an ugly win is still a win,, as the Blue Devils won a 15-10 slugfest over the Minutemen.
Five Tallmadge pitchers combined to give up 11 walks to the Minutemen, while the Blue Devils committed two errors and were the victims of several bad-hop hits.
Tallmadge led off the first inning with a single from Phil Glasser, a run-scoring single from Sam Seeker, a single from Zach Boyd and a sacrifice fly from Scott Seeker. Boyd later scored on an error to make it 3-0.
Same Seeker hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning to make it 4-1 and a three-run fourth inning for the Blue Devils was highlighted by a run-scoring triple from Scott Seeker.
Revere was able to come back. The Minutemen drew four walks, stole two bases, forced a throwing error and hit two run-scoring ground outs to take the lead to 7-6 after four innings.
Then, Revere took the lead in the fifth. Two sacrifice bunts, a run-scoring single from catcher Nate Klonowski and a two-run error allowed the Minutemen to lead 9-6 after five innings.
Tallmadge’s offense kept coming. In the sixth inning, Glasser led off with a double and Sam Seeker walked, followed by a wild pitch, a throwing error and a run-scoring groundout by Boyd to tie it at 9-9.
Scott Seeker then walked and Josh Taylor doubled, followed by a bad-hop single from Jake Rensel to score two runs. Rensel later scored on a run-scoring triple from Seth Gergely to make it 12-9 Blue Devils.
Revere pushed one run home in the bottom of the sixth with a run-scoring ground out.
However, Scott Seeker erased all doubt about the game by blasting a three-run homer over the right-field fence in the top of the seventh. He then pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
Scott Seeker was the only Tallmadge pitcher not to give up a run, as he pitched 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Reliever Mikah McGlaughlin got the win for Tallmadge despite giving up three runs (one earned) in 1-1/3 innings of work.
Tallmadge is scheduled to travel to Massillon Jackson April 28 at 7 p.m.