Evan Ayers struck out 12 Sullivan batters and scattered seven hits while picking up a complete-game shutout for the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team Tuesday, 7-0.
Ayers threw 88 pitches to help Post 218 improve to 15-2 overall and 12-1 in Ninth District action.
“Our pitching and defense led the way in our second matchup with Sullivan,” Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp said. “Evan Ayers got the start on the hill and did a great job. Evan threw a lot of strikes and kept the walks to a minimum. Our defense was solid as well.”
Washington visited Pacific Thursday. Pacific is the only team to defeat Washington in league action so far this season.
Washington’s on the road this weekend with the Post 218 Senior Legion Tournament taking place here. Washington visits St. Charles Saturday at noon and then plays Sunday at Central at 8 p.m.
In Tuesday’s game, Washington scored in the bottom of the second, but had trouble finding a way to push another run across the plate until the fifth.
“Sullivan threw two pitchers who were not there at our prior meeting,” Kleekamp said, “They kept our hitters off balance for the first few innings. They played a much better game defensively. A rally in the fifth inning put the game out of reach. We didn’t have a real great game at the plate. It should be a bit of a wake-up call going into our second game against Pacific.”
Post 218 added five runs in that inning and another in the sixth to secure the win.
Washington had seven hits in the game and two players accounted for five of those.
Ross Seitter posted three hits with one run and one RBI.
Nathaniel Hillermann recorded two hits while scoring one run.
Nick Schumaker doubled and John Himmelberg added a single.
Himmelberg, who also was hit by a pitch, scored two runs. Seth Bollmann, Aaron Meyer and Max Diener also crossed the plate.
While Bollmann didn’t get a hit, he did walk and stole three bases. He also put down a sacrifice bunt.
Meyer also drew a walk and stole one base. Schumaker also walked.
Cody McMeen went 4.1 innings on the hill before being relieved in the fifth. He allowed five runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out two.
Griffin relieved and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk over 1.2 innings. He struck out one.
Offensively, Andrew Shaw and McMeen each had two hits. Alex Crooks, Griffin and Englert recorded one hit apiece.