AURORA — Tallmadge baseball made a statement to Suburban League American Conference leader Aurora May 2.
If the Greenmen want to the conference title, they will have to earn it.
The Blue Devils took advantage of four Aurora errors to score a 7-3 win over the Greenmen at Ed Sherwin Field May 2.
That result sets up a rematch May 3 at Dave Young Field between the two team. If Aurora (13-3, 9-2 in the American Conference) wins, it will claim the outright title, while a win for Tallmadge (16-4, 8-3 in the American Conference) would split the title between the two teams.
Aurora opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as center fielder Jonathan Blue singled and Jacob Blue walked. After a wild pitch, Jonathan Blue scored on a fielder’s choice by catcher Bubba Arslanian.
After that, however, Aurora had a hard time dealing with Tallmadge starting pitcher Zach Boyd (3-2). Boyd pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on five hits.
Tallmadge tied the game in the top of the third inning. as left fielder Sam Seeker doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Phil Glasser.
In the fourth inning, Tallmadge took advantage of Aurora’s miscues. A walk by Seth Gergely, a single by Boyd and throwing error allowed Gergely to score, followed by an RBI double from center fielder Jared Burick.
That spelled the end for Aurora starter Jaret Rose (3-1), who lasted just three innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits.
Burick would be thrown out in a run down, but a walk an a two-base error allowed two more runs to score.
Catcher Rich Eyre then put down a squeeze bunt to score second baseman Jake Rensel. Eyre was then safe on a throwing error, but Sam Seeker was thrown out at the plate, leaving the score a 6-1.
An RBI single from Aurora second baseman Drew McVay cut it to 6-2 after four innings.
Tallmadge got the run back thanks to Sam Seeker’s first varsity home run, as he smacked a solo shot over the right field fence in the top of the sixth.
Aurora came back with one run in the bottom of the sixth, as a lead-off double from Arslanian was followed by an RBI single from third baseman Brent Henderson.
However, Boyd put the Greenmen down in order in the seventh inning to clinch the win.