Opening Ninth District play Friday at home, the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team defeated Rosebud Post 587, 9-2.
“Offensively we scored nine runs on three hits, so that tells you that we showed some great patience at the plate,” Post 218 Manager Kent Getsee said. “Our game plan was to make the pitcher work and every guy except one drew a walk on the night. The guys are figuring it out as we go along and that is a good sign. We used the bat well moving guys over when we needed to and plating a run with the squeeze. We’ll need to continue to do the little things at the plate to be successful and last night was a very good Ninth District start to our season.”
Washington improved to 5-1 overall with the Ninth District win.
Rosebud struck first in the game, scoring its two runs in the top of the opening frame.
Washington trailed until scoring five runs in the bottom of the third. Post 218 added three more runs in the fifth and a final run in the sixth.
Getsee handed the ball to Riley West and he gave Washington a complete-game victory.
Over seven innings, West allowed two runs on four hits and a hit batter. He fanned four and required only 70 pitches to get through the Rosebud order.
“Riley West was great on the mound for us in our Ninth District opener,” Getsee said. “He didn’t walk anyone, picked up four strikeouts and only gave up two earned runs in the early going. He really settled in as he moved through the innings and made it tough on Rosebud. He relied on his defense, which played another great game behind him and things went our way.”
Getsee said things got easier as the game went along.
“Riley really started to get in a groove about the fourth inning and became very efficient,” Getsee said. “He threw a total of 70 pitches in the game for the complete game.”
Garrett West took the loss for Rosebud. Over 2.1 innings, he allowed five runs on one hit, five walks and three hit batters.
Bryor Bogle pitched 3.2 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks. He struck out three.
Washington’s hits were singles by Bryce Mayer, Jack Czeschin and Drew Holtmeyer.
Washington batters drawing walks were Levi Weber, Mayer, Czeschin, Brandon Stahlman, Wil Heggemann, Josh Garbs, Kaden Straatmann and Drew Holtmeyer.
Weber, Straatmann and Stahlman were hit by pitches.
Weber stole two bases. Garbs and Stahlman each stole one.
Holtmeyer sacrificed while Heggemann contributed a sacrifice fly.
Weber, Stahlman and Garbs each scored twice. Mayer, Heggemann and Blake Theis scored once.
Holtmeyer drove in three runs while Heggemann and Straatmann each had one RBI.
Rosebud managed four hits with Javohntae Gates getting two of them. Trevor Abernathy and Bogle had one hit apiece.
Garrett West was hit by a pitch.
Abernathy and Bogle scored the runs.
Gates and TC Fisher drove in one run apiece. Bogle added a stolen base.