Post 4690 takes double header wins over Claremont
Webster VFW Post 4690 who was down a player picked up an opponent to play in the double header against Claremont July 5 at Britton and found themselves taking the two contests 10-4 and 9-8 in the nightcap.
Following the first contest Coach Craig Case said, “Tristan Anderson pitched well for us, going the distance for us striking out four.”
Claremont jumped out to an early lead at the end of one 3-zip, but kept chipping away in the remaining four innings, with a strong fifth inning sealing the deal.
Webster added one across the plate in the second and third innings while holding the Claremont Honkers at the plate.
Coach Case said, “We made a few errors in this game, but found a way to overcome them. (Trevor) Case, (Benny) West, (Logan)Block, and (Blaize) Schimmel all had key hits for us, with Block and West collecting two RBIs each.
Webster tore up the base paths with three 4690ers stealing at least two bases in the contest. Colton Lauen, Schimmel and Case each had two while Block had one.
Webster had six hits in the contest while committing four errors and eight RBIs, with two of those coming from the pick up player.
Claremont finished the fifth with a solo run.
It was a match for a match on runs after one inning of play in the second contest of teener baseball.
Coach Case said, “Even though our pitchers had difficulty throwing strikes, I was proud of the boys to squeak out a victory in this one.”
While already using one of the opponent players, Webster had to dig down deep. Case said, “Jake Case played tough the entire game with an injury that occurred in the first inning of the second game. We found out July 6 that he fractured his left thumb.” Despite his injury Case pitched two and a third innings surrendering six runs and two hits while striking out two. West followed Case on the mound for two and a third and Preston Waddle closed out the contest.
Webster got their bats working in the second and third pounding in three runs per inning. It was not until the bottom of the third that Claremont awoke and had six players cross the plate.
Post 4690 had two more insurance runs in the top of the fourth and held off their opponents in the bottom of the inning.
Coach Case said, “We had a couple huge outs at the plate, where they tried to score on a passed ball. Benny West was strong at the plate picking up two hits for us, almost hitting a home run.” We had a big RBI hit from Kolby Holman in the third inning. Case added, “I was impressed with Blaize Schimmel catching, as he had to play a position he hasn’t played in awhile. Preston Waddle came in with bases loaded in the last inning and picked up a crucial save, getting the last batter to fly out.”
Post 4690 will begin region play July 23-26. Case said, “We are down two important players (Jake Case and Sterling Rausch) now with injuries heading into playoffs July 23.
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