Pipestone Post 6 suffered a pair of Jr. American Legion baseball road losses during the week, bowing out to Tracy and Worthington, Thursday and Monday evenings, respectively.
Although Post 6 hurlers Landon Quist and Trevor Chauslett did well to keep Tracy from scratching out crooked numbers Thursday in Milroy, the Post 6 had difficulty squaring up against their counterpart Ashton Squires – finishing with no runs on four hits over six frames of the 3-1 loss.
However, trailing 3-0 entering the seventh, Post 6 manufactured a run against reliever Jaret Ankrum to avoid the shutout.
Pipestone’s Weston Reinhard was hit by an Ankrum offering to open the frame and, following a strikeout and a blistering comebacker off the bat of Joe Kor, the visitors’ second baseman broke for the plate on Landon Johnson’s RBI single down the right-field line – erasing the goose egg.
Johnson had a pair of singles in the tilt, while Riley Bosma, Reinhard and Braedon Kor (double) accounted for three of Post 6’s five total hits.
Tracy made the most of its early at-bats versus Quist, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning via a lead-off bunt single off the bat of Ankrum and back-to-back knocks by Alexander Schuh (RBI) and Squires.
Quist proved more deceptive in the second frame, fanning two of the three batters he faced, but an infield single – again off the bat of Ankrum – allowed the hosts to push another run across the plate in the bottom of the third. Quist ended his tenure on the hill there, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out six and walking one.
Despite putting two runners on base through a defensive error and Bosma’s drive up middle, the visitors couldn’t manage a breakthrough in the top of the fourth.
Chauslett took the hill in relief of Quist to open the bottom of the frame and opened his tenure rather inauspiciously. A defensive error and a base hit down the left-field line with no outs momentarily put the young hurler behind the eight-ball. Chauslett (0ER, 1H, 4K, 3W), however, remained calm, sandwiching a strikeout of Noah Knamuhs between flyouts to right field and short to get Post 6 out of the inning unscathed.
Post 6 wasn’t able to capitalize on Reinhard’s lead-off infield single to open the top of the fifth, and Kor’s lead-off double to open the sixth was equally squandered.
Meanwhile, Tracy managed to manufacture one more marker in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a one-out error and a wild pitch from Chauslett to make it a three-run game with two frames to play.
Despite walking a pair in the bottom of the sixth, Chauslett and company didn’t yield another marker, and Pipestone came to the plate in the top of the seventh trailing 3-0.
Post 6 managed the one run, but no more as Ankrum fanned Braedon Kor to end the tilt.
Despite playing a better defensive game, Post 6 couldn’t rally from an early 3-0 deficit Monday night in Worthington – bowing out 9-4.
Joe Kor suffered the pitching loss, giving up eight earned runs on five hits, while striking out four, walking five and hitting three batters.
Johnson paced Post 6 at the plate in Worthington, going 2-for-4 with a single and an RBI triple (scoring on an error in right). Rysley Borman also had a pair of hits in the tilt, singling to left in the sixth after doubling and scoring on Johnson’s three-bagger in the fourth.
Bosma had an RBI drive in the third inning, and Chauslett had a base hit for Post 6 in the second inning.
Post 6 will be back in action Thursday in Adrian before hosting Edgerton Monday evening at A’s Field in Pipestone.
Pipestone 000 000 1 – 1 4 3
Tracy 101 010 X – 3 5 1
Pipestone 001 210 0 – 4 5 1
Worth. 210 204 X – 9 5 1