For the first time in years, the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion team was able to defeat Sedalia Post 462.
Saturday night’s game at Sedalia’s Liberty Park Stadium, an 8-5 Washington victory, was part of the Jimmy Glenn Tournament.
“We again played really well against Sedalia and opened up a big lead,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said. “Joe Hackmann started and gave us six solid innings. The final score was a little deceiving as we made a few errors to give them some runs. The key was adjusting to their pitcher early. We have been stressing the need to adjust early in games to what is happening and this time it really paid off.”
Post 218 (3-1) opened with a run in the top of the first, but Sedalia tied it in the bottom of the inning.
Washington blew the game open with five runs in the top of the third and increased the lead to 8-1 in the top of the fifth.
Sedalia recorded two runs in the sixth and added two in the seventh, but Washington held on for the win.
Hackmann pitched six innings for Washington and was the winning pitcher. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, three hit batters and a walk. He struck out four.
Hackmann is double-rostered this season between the Senior team and Junior team. He already has a win for the Post 218 Juniors at the Memorial Day Weekend Tournament.
Teddy Meyer pitched the final inning, allowing two unearned runs on one hit and a hit batter. He stuck out three.
Offensively, Tommy Ruether, Hackmann and Josh Hendrickson each had two hits. Eli Marquart, Spencer Hunter, Quinton Poepsel and Logan Gratza posted one hit each.
Marquart, Hunter, Poepsel, Justin Heggemann and Hendrickson each walked. Hendrickson and Joe Bauer were hit by pitches.
Bauer stole a base while Hunter posted a sacrifice fly.
Marquart scored two of the runs. Ruether, Poepsel, Hackmann, Gratza, Bauer and Hendrickson each scored once.
Hackmann drove in two runs while Ruether, Hunter, Poepsel, Gratza, Bauer and Hendrickson each had one RBI.
Corbin Reese led the Travelers with two hits.