Not only did Josh Felz pitch Independence Post 21 to a victory Monday night. He started the comeback.
Not only did Josh Felz pitch Independence Post 21 to a victory Monday night.
He started the comeback. Felz’s solo home run in the fifth inning put Post 21 on the scoreboard and his RBI single helped spark a four-run rally in the top of the seventh inning as it claimed a 5-4 win over host Raytown Post 596 in the second game of an American Legion baseball Zone 2 West doubleheader at Raytown South High School.
Raytown took a 7-4 win in the first game for the split in a battle of the top two teams in the Zone 2 West division.
In the second game, Felz’s single and Tyler Bodenstab’s RBI single sparked the seventh-inning rally for Post 21.
“Josh and Tyler had the big hits,” Post 21 manager Tom Bush said. “Their guy (pitcher Ryan Lindsay) did a great job keeping us off balance, but we finally got to him a little in the seventh. They helped us a bit though (with errors).”
Chase Kuehl slugged a solo home run in the sixth to put Raytown ahead 4-1 heading into the final inning.
Felz, Bodenstab and Jamie Hayes each finished with two hits and Ian Barker doubled to lead Independence Post 21.
Kendra Woods had two hit of Raytown’s five hits.
In the first game, Raytown was the team to rally. Keyed by Woods’ two-run double, Post 596 scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a 4-2 deficit.
Woods and Kuehl each had three hits, including a double each, and Michael Babbitt and Joey Tucker each had two as Raytown collected 12 hits. Tyler Kobel went six innings for the win.
Will Nesbit singled and doubled with an RBI for Post 21. JoJo Taisi also singled and doubled and Barker and Will Sherman each contributed a double to Post 21’s nine-hit attack. Hayes suffered the loss in relief of Bodenstab.
BLUE SPRINGS ROD SPORTS ATHLETICS 7-17, HIGGINSVILLE POST 223 5-4: Dan McGonigle, Tyler Barth and James McKinley enjoyed big days at the plate as the Blue Springs A’s rolled to a Zone 2 East doubleheader sweep at Hidden Valley Park.
McGonigle had a combined three hits and two RBIs in both games, while Barth had a combined four hits, six RBIs and was credited with the save in game one.
McKinley was 2-for-3 with a RBI in game one and game one starting pitcher and winner Tyler Reed was 3-for-3 at the plate in game two.
“It was good to come out and win two league games,” A’s manager Mike Rooney said. “It was a good day all away around.”
The A’s improved to 16-2 overall and 11-5 in Zone 2 East play with the sweep.
LEE’S SUMMIT POST 189 AUX. OUTLAWS 7-12, R.L. CLOUR POST 189 BULLDOGS 6-1: Austin Hill’s home run in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the difference for the Outlaws in game one, a 7-6 win, and Jeff Bock’s five-inning two-hitter was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome in a 12-1 rout in the second game at Legacy Park in Lee’s Summit.
Trevor Evenson got the complete game win for the Outlaws in game one as they improved to 12-10 overall and 6-4 in Zone 2 West play.
“Anytime we can do that, it helps us,” Outlaws manager Mike Gailey said of the sweep. “We’re all battling to see who will make the playoffs - this was a big (sweep) for us.”