By Jason Peake
Missourian Sports Writer
The Pacific Post 320 Freshman Legion baseball team earned some payback with a 7-2 victory over New Haven on Wednesday night.
New Haven had beaten Pacific, 4-3, just last week.
“This was a huge bounce-back game for us,” Pacific Manager Josh Cowsert said. “It was nice to see our bats show up and to be able to put something together. Our defense was solid all game and we had some great pitching from Ricky Ray. His stuff was working well. And then Jobe Courtney came in and closed it out in the seventh with a solid inning of work. This was our best all-around game so far this season. I’m proud of our boys and their efforts.”
Brandon Long went 3-4 with two runs scored and one RBI for Pacific. Ryan Sauvage drove in two runs and Cole Cracchiolo added one RBI on two hits. Logan Gibbons, Jordan Cowsert, Jobe Courtney and Nicholas Hoerchler scored one run apiece.
Ricky Ray pitched six innings and earned the win. He allowed no earned runs and struck out five. Courtney pitched one inning, striking out two.
Dakota Hackmann and Cody Boyd had RBIs for New Haven. Hackmann took the loss on the hill.
Pacific will host Elsberry for a doubleheader on Saturday, with game one starting at noon.
In Joe Elking’s opinion, the Pacific Post 320 Junior Legion baseball team is making progress.
Elking’s young team may not be recording many wins of late, but he feels his team is giving a good effort and making improvements each time out. Pacific is coming off five-straight losses. Post 320 suffered a 10-0 loss to Washington last weekend.
“It was a good experience for our team,” Elking said. “Washington hit the ball well and once again our bats were silent. We’ll get another shot at them soon.”
Elking added his team will continue to give a good effort. Hopefully, he said, the wins will start to come.
“I hope we will prove to be a better club than what we have shown,” he said.
Pacific will play at Warrenton on Monday at 8 p.m.
St. Charles Post 312 knocked off Pacific, 10-0, on Thursday.
Post 320 did not record a hit in the game.
Kyle Fitzgerald and Brandon Lindemann drew walks.
St. Charles scored five runs in the third to break a scoreless tie. A run in the fourth and four more in the fifth accounted for the final margin.
Kyle Grande got the win for Post 321, throwing a no-hitter while striking out six.
Jacob Prickett and Race Richardson had two hits apiece for St. Charles, while Michael Looney scored two runs.