Brandon Stahlman’s two-out double in the ninth inning lifted the Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion team to a 7-6 win over Jackson Post 158 in the opening round of the Missouri Freshman Legion State Tournament in Hannibal Wednesday.
“We couldn’t get a two-out hit all day until the ninth with Brandon Stalhman ripping a two-out walkoff hit to send us to the winners’ bracket. We are going to have better at-bats with two out to move on. We left too many runners stranded in scoring position. Hopefully we will find our hitting stroke in the next game.”
Washington played Festus Post 253 in the second round Thursday. A story on that game can be found elsewhere in this section.
The game was a rematch of last year’s state championship series in Jackson, won by Post 218. Washington (23-2-2) opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first at Clemens Field.
Jackson chipped back to tie it with single aces in the second and third innings. Washington went back on top with single runs in the third and fourth.
In the sixth, Jackson pushed four runs across the plate. Washington tied it in the bottom of the frame and that’s how it held until the bottom of the ninth.
Joe Hackmann got the ball to start the game and he went four innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. He came out at 89 pitches.
Luke Hendrickson was next to the hill and he went 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter while fanning one.
Jared Schrader pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.
Bryce Mayer came in and got through the final inning for the win, allowing a hit and striking out one.
Offensively, Washington made things work with nine hits, 15 walks and a hit batter.
Hackmann hit four singles in the game to pace the offense. Stahlman had two hits, including the lone extra-base hit.
Levi Weber, Jack Czeschin and Josh Garbs singled.
Czeschin walked four times. Weber, Stahlman and Garbs each walked twice. Drew Holtmeyer, Hackmann, Nick Hellmann, Schrader and Cody Linders each walked once.
Hendrickson was hit by a pitch.
Washington stole six bases. Czeschin had two steals. Garbs, Hellmann, Linders and Weber each stole one base.
Czeschin scored three times. Holtmeyer, Mayer, Hackmann and Linders also scored once.
Stahlmann and Hellmann drove in two runs apiece. Garbs and Schrader each had one RBI.
Mason Lewis, Layne Freidrich and Hunter Bilek had three hits apiece for Jackson.
Jackson used five pitchers with Lewis going three innings as the starter. Matthew Bumpus, Zach Cowell-Moore, Wyatt Lincoln and Layton Hahn followed with Hahn taking the loss.