ASHTON, W.Va. — The difference came in what wasn’t earned.
Visiting Tolsia scored two unearned runs and eventually held on for a hard-fought 3-2 decision over the Hannan baseball team Tuesday night in a non-conference contest at the Craigo Athletic Complex in Mason County.
The Wildcats (2-4) never led in the contest, but the hosts found themselves deadlocked at one through three complete innings of play.
The Rebels, however, turned a one-out walk to Tyler Stroud into some good fortunes as Seth McMillan reached safely on a three-base error — giving THS a 2-1 cushion through four full frames.
Tolsia extended its lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth after Eric Williams doubled with one out, then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt.
Austin Bailey hit an infield grounder that was booted, which allowed Williams to score as Bailey reached safely for a 3-1 advantage.
HHS countered in its half of the fifth as Dalton Coleman led the frame off with a single, then stole second and third before coming home on a ground out by Cole Poore — making it a 3-2 contest with two innings remaining.
Both teams went down in order in the sixth and the Rebels went down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh, giving Hannan one last opportunity at the plate.
Matt Qualls received a one-out walk, but was immediately thrown out at second base on a steal attempt for the second out of the inning.
Coleman followed with a single and advanced to second base on a single by Poore, but Tolsia left both runners stranded after recording a strikeout in the next at-bat — completing the one-run outcome.
Blake Stuart gave the guests an early 1-0 advantage after his single allowed Jarod Switzer to score. Hannan tied the game in the bottom of the first as Isaiah Burgess singled home Poore.
The Wildcats outhit Tolsia by an 8-5 overall margin, but also committed three of the four errors in the contest. Both teams left seven runners stranded on base.
Logan Presley was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two earned runs, eight hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six.
Ryan Gerlach suffered the tough-luck loss after surrendering three runs (one earned), five hits and three walks over seven frames while fanning 10.
Coleman led the hosts with four hits and Poore added a pair of safeties, while Burgess and James Bledsoe also had a hit apiece in the setback.
Stuart, Williams, McMillan, Presley and Trey Smith each had a hit for the Rebels, with Stuart providing the team’s only RBI.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.