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PHOTO GALLERY: Mt. Pleasant Post 110 drops two games to open play in Ultimate Strike Zone Tournament

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Although Thursday’s games were not indicative, the Mt. Pleasant Post 110 Legion team is a team that has had some previous success in the Ultimate Strike Zone Tournament.

You only need to go back to 2011 when an underdog Post 110 squad shocked all observers by advancing to the championship game of the Ultimate Strike Zone Tournament before falling 16-15 in eight innings to the Michigan Bulls. It was one of the most classic games in tournament history and put Post 110 on the map as a team that could not be overlooked by any opponent.

But in the 2014 version of the annual tournament, which kicked off Thursday, Post 110 got off to a rocky start as it lost a close game in the early afternoon by a final of 6-5 to the Diamond 17s at Sacred Heart’s baseball field. In Mt. Pleasant’s second game of the day, things were only worse as it fell 10-0 in five innings to the Riptide at Central Michigan University’s Theunissen Stadium.

“We have some really good pitching and have played solid defense aside from the couple errors we had today,” Post 110 coach Randy Dickinson said. “The thing we’re lacking is offensive power. The kids got the bat on the ball this game and nothing dropped for us. It was a quick five innings.”

When the game was still undecided as it moved to the bottom of the second with Mt. Pleasant only trailing 1-0, a big opportunity went by the wayside. Following a pair of two-out singles by Noah Hutchinson (Mt. Pleasant) and Ryan Lucksted (Mt. Pleasant) followed by a walk to load the bases, a strikeout ended the frame to keep Post 110 off the board.

Those would be the only two hits by Mt. Pleasant in the contest.

A six-run inning by the Riptide in the top of the third to lead to the lopsided outcome as Post 110 was unable to mount any sort of offense from that point on.

“That loss was not characteristic of what we’ve been doing this summer,” Dickinson added. “We’ve lost a lot of one-run games. We went to Midland last week and lost three one-run games in a row. If we can just find a way to win one of those games, maybe we can string some wins together.”

The Mt. Pleasant Post 110 roster consists of players from Mt. Pleasant High School, Alma, Chippewa Hills, Shepherd and Sacred Heart.

Post 110 has two more games scheduled for Friday as it plays at ECM at Sacred Heart’s field at 11:15 a.m. followed by a contest against the Michigan Bulls 18s at 3:45 p.m. in Shepherd.

Last Updated: 7/11/2014 4:42:49 PM EST