Garrett Juergens and Josh Wiese combined for a six-hit shutout last Saturday night as the Sullivan Post 18 Junior Legion team knocked Union Post 297 into the Ninth District Tournament losers’ bracket, 3-0.
“Isaiah Hoelscher pitched an amazing game for us,” Post 297 Manager Mike Sachs said. “The difference was they were able to come up some big hits when they had guys on and we didn’t. Their pitcher is very good. Our guys battled and we just couldn’t break through when we had our chances. Losing is tough but it was a great game to be a part of and we can only hope to grow from it.”
Playing in Washington, Sullivan (16-3), the second seed in the district tournament, advanced to the winners’ bracket final against top seed Washington Post 218.
Union (16-9), the third seed, dropped into the losers’ bracket.
In Saturday’s game, Sullivan scored twice in the second inning and once in the third. That was more than enough for the two hurlers.
Union’s best chance came in the sixth. With one out, Union loaded the bases. Union tried to force the issue, but had a runner called out stealing home. Sullivan was able to get the final out to end the threat.
Juergens went 5.2 innings for the win, scattering five hits and three walks. He struck out six.
Wiese took over and pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing one hit while striking out one.
Hoelscher was the tough-luck loser for Union. He went the distance, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. Hoelscher fanned nine Sullivan batters.
Each team ended with six hits in the game.
Earney led Sullivan with two hits, including a double. Ethan Kackley also doubled. Juergens, Blayten Nolie and Collin Immekus singled.
Earney and Kackley also walked.
Juergens, Kackley and Alec Bell walked.
Juergens, Earney and Bell scored runs. Kackley drove in two. Andrew Branson had one RBI.
Andy Morrow had two hits. Mason Bailey, Hoelscher, Jesse Maraman and Trevor Rinne each had one hit.
Chris Miller had two walks. Ronin Straatmann walked once.
Miller and Straatman both stole bases.
Union made the game’s lone error.