FAIRFIELD — Starting pitching kept them quiet, but did not shut them up.
The FEBA Expos were shut down for five scoreless innings, but bounced back and dropped a 7-4 decision to the Yolo Post 77 in the WABF Tournament at Laurel Creek Park, Wednesday.
The Expos were held to five hits in the first five innings, with only Cameron Michael making it past first base with a double to deep right-center field in the bottom of the first inning.
The home-half of the sixth is when the bats came alive as the Expos were a home run shy of hitting for a team-cycle, scoring three runs – two of which came with two outs.
With one out, Garlind Webster began the rally, striking out, but advancing to first as Post 77 catcher Joe Honig could not find the ball after dropping the called-strike three.
Carter Bins flew out to right field for the second out, but the Expos found momentum when Matthew Lanza hit a single between third base and the shortstop, advancing Webster.
Anthony Kaleczyc then hit a triple over the right fielders head, plating Webster and Lanza. In the next at-bat, Jo Jo Quintanilla hit a shot to left field, out of the left fielder’s reach, scoring Kaleczyc, Quintanilla ending up with a double.
After Nate Minster drew a walk, Post 77 went with a pitching change, bringing in Trey Goldston, who ended up getting JP San Antonio to fly-out to a sliding center fielder to end the inning.
“I’m happy and pleased,” said Expos manager Brad Hanson. “The fact that we came back and made it a game was encouraging. . . . For what we accomplished, we got a lot done.”
Yolo Post 77 starter Kiki Gonzalez got the win, going 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.
San Antonio and Justin Lee came in relief for the Expos, with San Antonio scattering three hits, with one walk and one strikeout in two inning. Lee struck out two in one inning of work.
Yolo Post 77 scored two runs in the first, two in the third and three in the fourth.
Hanson said he used the amount of pitchers he did because his staff has been injured, and he wanted to give multiple guys a chance to pitch to work through those injuries.
Payton Tyler will be on the mound for Thursday’s game as the Expos play Seattle at 7 p.m. at Laurel Creek Park.