Gerald Strothkamp’s stellar pitching performance was not enough for the Pacific Post 320 Freshman Legion baseball team on Saturday.
Strothkamp struck out 12 batters in his team’s 3-2 loss to Elsberry.
Visiting Elsberry took game two, 9-5, to complete the sweep.
Pacific hosts St. Charles on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and will host Warrenton on Friday at 6 p.m.
In the first game, Strothkamp went all seven innings on the mound for Pacific. He allowed just two earned runs while striking out 12. He gave up only four hits and two walks, but he took the loss.
Pacific Manager Josh Cowsert said a lack of offense was too much to overcome.
Simply put, Strothkamp’s stellar outing was wasted.
“We have been really struggling at the plate as a team and can’t seem to put anything together,” Cowsert said, summing it up well.
Taking advantage of two hits and a walk in the first inning, Elsberry led 2-0 right away en route to the victory. The visitors added an insurance run in the sixth.
Pacific managed one run in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Post 320 got two hits and one RBI from Jobe Courtney. Devon Whitaker, Ricky Ray, Brandon Long and Logan Gibbons had one hit apiece.
In the second game, Elsberry erupted for six runs in the third inning to pull away. Pacific out-hit Elsberry 11-3 but took the loss.
Jordan Cowsert drove in two runs on one hit. Ryan Sauvage had three hits and scored twice, while Long and Gibbons recorded two hits apiece. Ray drove in one run.
Gibbons took the loss after going 2.2 innings, allowing two runs and striking out five. Ray pitched 2.1 innings and struck out four. Sauvage also pitched one inning, striking out two.