The Pacific Post 320 Freshmen emerged from a seesaw battle Thursday with the win.
Post 320 (3-3) held on at home to beat the New Haven Post 366 Freshmen (5-4), 7-6.
Pacific took a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the third inning before New Haven scored three in the top of the next frame.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Pacific surged back with five runs in the bottom of the fourth.
We have been struggling to score some runs and to answer their big inning with a big inning of our own was awesome to see,” Post 320 Manager Jeff Reed said. “We got a couple big hits and drew a few walks. Ian Groom pinch hit and got a hit to left, Faolin (Kreienkamp) a hit to left, Dallas (Cullen) a hit (and) then Dylan Myers drove that ball to center for a double and scored a couple more. That was huge for us to answer back and retake the lead. We have been struggling at the plate and I think they got a little more focused and locked in at the plate and it showed.”
New Haven scored three more to tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the sixth inning before Pacific pushed across the deciding run in the bottom of the sixth.
Stephen Loeffel started for Post 320 on the mound. He pitched five innings and allowed six runs, two earned, on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts.
Loeffel set down the first nine batters he faced in order.
“I thought Stephen did really well the first time through the lineup,” Reed said. “Second time through, they got to him a little — a lead-off hit and an error on a tailor-made double play ball we didn’t stay down on (and) then a walk to load the bases. A double and (another) hit and we are down 3-1. Thought we did a good job in the inning just to limit them to three runs.”
Jayden Mach threw one inning and allowed no runs on one hit with one strikeout.
“Jayden Mach came in and did a good job throwing strikes and giving our defense a chance to make plays,” Reed said. “We worked around a couple of errors and limited the damage again.”
Tyler Anderson recorded the save on one inning with two walks, a hit and two strikeouts. After working into a bases loaded jam with one out, he struck out the last two batters to close out the win.
“We had a little scare in the seventh,” Reed said. “We brought Tyler in and he could (have) used a little more time to warm up, but did a good job locking in and getting the final outs. New Haven never quit, they kept battling and our guys did the same. We got down battled back. That was a good win for us. It showed our guys we can hit and we can put some runs on the board. Our defense and pitching had been winning some games for us, but the bats came alive tonight.”
Justin Gauer threw five innings for New Haven and allowed six runs on seven hits and six walks with three strikeouts.
Isaac Vedder pitched the sixth inning and gave up one run on one hit and a walk with one strikeout.
In addition to earning the save, Anderson was also the offensive hero after driving in Kreienkamp for the go-ahead run in the sixth. Anderson led Post 320 with two hits, both singles.
Andrew Payne and Dylan Myers both doubled.
Cullen, Carter Myers, Groom and Kreienkamp all singled.
Kreienkamp and Tanner Biedenstein both scored twice.
Cullen, Ayden Biedenstein and Groom each scored a run.
Carter Myers and Dylan Myers drove in two runs apiece.
Kreienkamp and Cullen each recorded one RBI.
Carter Myers and Tanner Biedenstein reached on walks twice.
Kreienkamp, Loeffel and Anderson each walked once.
Anderson stole two bases and Kreienkamp one.
Gauer doubled for New Haven and drove in two runs.
August Panhorst, Jason Lause and Owen Borcherding all singled for Post 366.
Panhorst scored twice. Lause, Vedder, Borcherding and Kaleb Briggs each scored a run.
Gauer, Panhorst and Borcherding all reached twice on walks.
Borcherding drove in a run and stole a base.
Trey Roettering and Matthew Laune each drove in a run.