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ALLIANCE — As Ravenna and Salem Hardy Design battled into the latter innings, a Hot Stove observer happily noted how calm the game had been.
Drew Nero gave the Ravenna Warriors a 6-5 advantage with his chopper past the mound, but they were left grumbling after Mason Uphold was called out on a strikeout, with the catcher having to throw to first.
The first baseman’s foot left the bag, but returned just in time, according to the umpire.
Catcher Kyle Liddle tossed a laser down to third, and the field umpire called Williams out.
After the Hardy dugout protested, the call was reversed, but Ravenna argued the appeal itself was improper because it was to the wrong umpire.
After a Hot Stove official drove his cart down to the field to settle the argument, the men in blue agreed with Ravenna — and the runner was ruled out.
“He could’ve slid into his foot and never even touched the base.
I don’t know.”
The scorekeepers disagreed, and this time the outcome went against Ravenna, as Jackson took a full-count walk.
Uphold rallied back to record the game’s final out on a soft grounder to first.
Nolan Harris tacked on another insurance run with an opposite-field line drive single.
“I don’t know how to put it, but I love having him on the team and I wouldn’t want to play against him.
“You can’t be a successful team if you don’t do the fundamentals.
Perhaps Saturday’s heated final innings will bleed into Sunday’s contest against the undefeated Canton Warriors.
“They get to play the game that so many people love to play and aren’t able to, and they’re able to play, so don’t take it for granted.
Enjoy it while you’re on the field.”