Kyle Roberts made his grandfather proud Wednesday.

Kyle Roberts made his grandfather proud Wednesday.

That evening, the grandson of Blue Springs Rod’s Sports A’s manager Mike Rooney provided the game-winning hit in Game 1 of the A’s American Legion Zone 2 East Division doubleheader with Blue Springs Post 499/Fike at Hidden Valley Park.

With the score tied 4-4 and no outs in the top of the ninth inning, Roberts singled along the third-base line, allowing Spencer Schwandt to score from third. Roberts went 1-for-4 with a walk in the 5-4 victory.

“I was mostly just trying to take it to the right side (of the infield) and put the ball in play, score the run,” Roberts said.

Roberts was grateful to Schwandt for his leadoff triple.

“It makes my job really easy,” Roberts said.

Rooney called Roberts’ hit “big, big, big.”

“It’s a tough spot for a person to be in,” Rooney said. “You’re the first guy up there with a guy at third, and we’re wanting to get him home. It puts a lot of pressure on that guy. But he responded well.”

When asked if pleasing his grandfather was on his mind when he was at bat, Roberts responded: “I like to keep him happy. You don’t want to get him mad, that’s for sure. But he’s a good guy. He’s a good manager.”

Roberts was the last batter Fike starting pitcher Cody Cloughley faced. Over eight-plus innings, Cloughley struck out five, allowed 10 hits, five runs and four walks and hit one batter.

“It was my time to go,” Cloughley said.

One reason Cloughley felt it was his “time to go,” no doubt, was his pitch count. He threw 139 pitches, the most he’s thrown in an outing, he said. When asked how his arm felt, he replied: “Right now, it’s fine. But it’s going to be hurting tomorrow.”

Fike manager Jim Moran complimented Cloughley’s performance — and that of A’s starter Tyler Barth, who struck out five, allowed 10 hits and two walks, and plunked three batters in getting the win.

“Both of them threw probably more pitches than they’re used to throwing,” Moran said.

Overall, “it was a great ballgame — of two evenly-matched teams,” Moran said. Starting with the second inning, it also was a seesaw ballgame.

In the top of the second, Corbin Hare gave the A’s a 1-0 lead by scoring on Roberts’ bases-loaded walk. Fike tied it in the bottom of the second when Jordan Oddo scored on an error.

After Hare singled in Barth to make it 2-1 A’s in the top of the third, Fike went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third. Stephen Montisano scored when Dylan Farrell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Sam Morman scored on a bases-loaded sacrifice squeeze bunt to give Post 499 the lead.

Barth’s two-run, no-out home run put the A’s ahead again in the top of the fifth. Anthony Dutcher’s two-out RBI hit tied it again in the bottom of the fifth.

Fike threatened to end it in the bottom of the seventh by putting a runner in scoring position with one out. Barth, however, escaped the jam and forced extra innings by serving up a ground out and a fly out.

Fike then threatened to end it by putting runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Again, Barth escaped, this time by serving up a pop out.

After Roberts’ RBI single, Post 499 again threatened to rally in the bottom of the ninth by twice putting runners on first. But Hare, pitching in relief, closed the door.

“It was a big, big win for us,” Rooney said. “It gets us back where we’re within a game of them in the (division) standings. … Now, they know that we can play with them and we gave them something to think about.”

Rooney was expecting Game 2 to be “a good, tough ballgame.”

A’S 6, POST 499/FIKE 4: The A’s (17-10) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the second game and move into first place in the Zone 2 East at 10-2 with their seventh straight victory.

“We had timely hits and took advantage of a couple of errors,” Rooney said.
Jay Corwin won a decision over Jordan Oddo.

Shay Parra singled three times with two RBIs, Sam Morman singled twice and Ruben Paniagua doubled for Fike (19-9, 8-2).