The Cowle Post 151 Dugout Bruisers 18U baseball team made a return trip to the always-compete Beast of the East tournament in West Virginia.
The Bruisers went 3-1 in pool play and placed eighth. The top eight teams would have advanced from the Gold bracket, but inclement forced the reduction of teams advancing to six for all the games to be played and Post 151 was left on the outside looking in.
Originally, the Bruisers were scheduled to play six pool games.
"We did what we had to do," Post 151 coach Joe Zappitelli said.
County players continued to make big contributions to Post 151.
On Thursday, Cowle Post 151 (22-5) defeated the Ohio Iron Pigs 4-1.
Frankie Olivarez, an Edgwood graduate, earned the pitching win. He went 5.2 innings, allowing one run one hit with 10 strikeouts.
Grand Valley alum Logan Newell belted a home run. Newell and Nick Stoltz, a Geneva graduate, collected one hit apiece.
On Friday, the Bruisers notched a pair of wins. They defeated Barnesville Legion 11-2.
Nick Reichek, a GV graduate, Newell and Stoltz each contributed RBIs as part of a six-run first inning. Newell socked a first-inning homer. Stoltz came away with two hits and three stolen bases.
Also on Friday, the Bruisers edged the Ontario Reds 7-6 on a walk-off homer. Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jon Susnik, of Willoughby South, homered on an 0-2 count to score three runs.
Tyler Hartz, a Geneva graduate, picked up the pitching win. He threw 1.1 innings, giving up a hit and fanning one batter. Reichek and Stoltz both recorded multiple hits.
The Bruisers lost to the Armstrong Grizzlies out of Pittsburgh.
Post 151 is scheduled to compete in the Littlest Heroes tournament this weekend at Mentor, Willoughby and Highland Heights.
The Bruisers are at the Coshocton site for district play starting July 19, along with Steubenville, Toronto, Brilliant, Tuscarawas and Coshocton.
The pairings haven't been determined yet. The district winner advances to the state tournament in Lancaster July 30-Aug. 4.