The Oregon-based Ohio Monarchs Blue summer collegiate baseball team finished 1-2 in pool play during the LineDrive Sportz National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series presented by Buckeye Cable Sports Network — which was not good enough for them to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Blue squad included local players Alex Timofeev, a first baseman from Clay; Cody Fisher, a pitcher from Gibsonburg; Cody McPherson, a pitcher from Lake; Shane Pfouts, a pitcher/outfielder from Lake; and pitcher Chris Bassitt from Genoa.
In pool play, the Blue beat the Mifflin County Stars 14-5 but lost to Shannon Fence 10-5 and lost to Brunswick Express 7-6 in 12 innings.
"The first game, against Mifflin, we came out hitting," Coach Tim Mathews said. "We had two triples in the first inning, so we hit the ball well. We had 17 hits that game.
"The Brunswick game was an outstanding game. In the 12th, they reached on an error, kind of like a bunt single, two walks and a broken-bat single off Bassitt. He threw the last (four) innings and basically was untouchable. They couldn't touch him. The one guy stuck his bat out and got solid contact and literally broke his bat in half."
Bassitt pitched four innings and gave up two hits, with three strikeouts and three walks against Brunswick. Pfouts also pitched against Brunswick and gave up six runs (four earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"Pfouts threw real well," Mathews said. "They just hit the ball with two outs."
McPherson was 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI against Mifflin. Timofeev was 3-for-12 (.250) with four runs, three RBI and two walks during the tournament.
The Monarchs Blue finished 23-22.