Oak Grove Post 379 pounded out 25 hits to claim 8-6 and 12-4 wins in the American Legion baseball Zone 2 East doubleheader at Oak Grove’s Webb Park.
The Oak Grove Post 379 bats were too much for Hi-Boy Drive In/Post 340 Friday night.
Oak Grove pounded out 25 hits to claim 8-6 and 12-4 wins in the American Legion baseball Zone 2 East doubleheader at Oak Grove’s Webb Park.
“Any time you can come out with a couple wins, it’s quality,” Oak Grove assistant coach Kerry Shaw said.
Derek Kelton powered Oak Grove to the 8-6 win in the first game, going 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs.
Leading 4-3, Oak Grove erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the win. Kelton’s RBI single was followed by back-to-back RBI doubles by James Newberry and Matt Estes.
That helped Post 379 withstand Hi-Boy’s three-run rally in the top of the seventh.
Matt Ritchie went 2-for-3 and scored to runs to help spark Oak Grove. Tyler Johnson allowed just five hits in a complete-game victory.
Andrew Jennings went 2-for-4 with a double and Ryan Stick tripled for Hi-Boy.
In the second game, Johnson and Logan Harrison each went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to power Oak Grove’s 12-hit attack. Both of Johnson’s hits were doubles. Zac Shaw also went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Post 379 (22-13, 11-5 Zone 2 West), which scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second and six in the sixth.
Ritchie allowed three hits, three walks and three hit batters while striking out seven for the win.
Stick, Jennings and Brett Graham had the hits for Hi-Boy (14-16, 9-11).
INDEPENDENCE JERRY’S BEARS 5-1, ROBERT L. CLOUR POST 189 BULLDOGS 3-11: The Independence Jerry’s Bears rallied from a 3-0 deficit with five unanswered runs to down the Bulldogs 5-3 in the first game of a Zone 2 East doubleheader Friday.
The Bulldogs bounced back for an 11-1, five-inning rout in the nightcap to earn the split.
Ben Williams doubled twice and singled to help spark the Bears in the first game. Andrew Phillips had three hits and Auston Mavis had two. Phillips, Mavis and Matt Lickey all had a double for the Bears, who scored three runs in the fifth inning to tie it and then got single runs in each of the sixth and seventh to claim the win.
Ethan Lane went the distance for the win, holding the Bulldogs to just one hit and seven walks.
Josh Manker threw a five-inning one-hitter to stymie the Bears (4-17, 2-12) in the second game. Max Ising hit a home run for the Bulldogs (13-7, 10-6).
SEDALIA POST 642/WARRENSBURG POST 131 TOURNAMENT: Independence Post 21 got off to a rough start in the Sedalia Post 642/Warrensburg Post 131 Tournament Friday night in Warrensburg.
Jamie Hayes had two hits and Zack Zorich added an RBI single but Post 21 fell 10-2 to Higginsville Post 223.
Post 21 held a 2-0 lead until Higginsville scored six runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to end it early on the eight-run mercy rule.
“It was a good game for four innings,” Post 21 manager Tom Bush said. “We didn’t hit like we normally do. We didn’t hit the ball solid for a long time. Hopefully we’ll bounce back and play better (Saturday).”
James O’Dell pitched a complete game but suffered the loss for Post 21, who dropped to 15-9 overall and 0-1 in the tournament with games against Warrensburg Post 131 and Jefferson City Post 5 on Saturday.
Kyle Watt hit a home run for Higginsville.
Raytown Post 596 (18-10) also dropped to 0-1 in the tourney with a 4-1 loss to Boonville. Gabe Swope took the loss.