Independence Post 21 nearly made the comeback complete.
But a strikeout with the bases loaded capped a 10-7 loss to the Warrensburg Post 131 Isotopes in an American Legion Missouri Zone 2 Tournament elimination game and capped Post 21’s season.
Warrensburg scored six unanswered runs to break a 2-2 tie and grab an 8-2 lead and then staved off a Post 21 comeback.
Josh Cruz scored when Myles Odom reached on an error, Gehrig Bristow scored on a double play and Mason Steele singled in Odom to cut the Post 21 deficit to 8-5 in the top of the seventh inning.
After Warrensburg made it 10-5 with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, Post 21 rallied again in the ninth. Bryson Howell, who had three hits, swatted an RBI double to score Brandon Borchert. Steele’s RBI double scored Howell to make it 10-7 before Post 21 loaded the bases again.
But Warrensburg hung on for the win and advances to meet Blue Springs Post 499 in an elimination game.
Post 21 ended its season at 17-15 overall.
Post 21 grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Howell singled and later scored when Tanner Blau reached base on an error.
Warrensburg, though, answered quickly, tying it in the bottom of the second.
Warrensburg added a run in the third to grab the lead, but Howell doubled and scored again on another error in the fourth to tie it.
Late on Wednesday, Post 21 manager Tom Bush said his team played one of its best games of the year – at least until the eighth inning.
But St. Joseph Post 11 rallied with four runs in the eighth to claim an 8-6 victory in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.
“We played one of our best games of the year and competed well, but we had one bad inning and it cost us,” Bush said. “We lost to them big twice earlier this season, but we played much better tonight. But we kicked the ball around and had three errors in the eighth.”
Post 21 scored two runs in the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie before St. Joseph rallied in the eighth.
Bristow started and went six innings before tiring in the heat after 87 pitches.
“Gehrig really competed well and kept us in the game,” Bush said.
Borchert relieved and suffered the loss.
Odom and Howell each had two singles and two RBIs to lead Post 21 at the plate. Borchert singled and doubled with one RBI and Cruz also singled and doubled as each team collected nine hits.
The Lee's Summit Outlaws (29-10) advanced to the winner's bracket final by edging St. Joseph Post 11 6-5 in the other winner's bracket semifinal late Thursday. The Outlaws will meet the Blue Springs Rod's Sports A's at 8 p.m. today.