A towering home run from Brady Huber and a three-run seventh inning pushed the Vandalia Sr. Legion squad to victory against Aviston last Thursday.
Huber, a 2012 Greenville graduate, blasted a solo home run more than 360 feet in the fourth to tie the game at two, and Post 95 used a timely hit and aggressive base running in the seventh to put away the 6-2 win.
“That’s the way we want to play,” said coach Andy Rincker. “We want to be aggressive and force the issue.”
Post 95 took a 1-0 lead in the second when Dylan Bone, who walked, scored on an error after a single from Huber.
Aviston would tie the game in the third with a double, single and fielder’s choice, and would take the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI single. That was the first time on the season that Post 95 had trailed in a game.
Huber then sent the third pitch of the bottom of the fourth to deep center to knot the game at two.
“That jump-started our offense,” Rincker said. “Last Tuesday (against Carlyle), we hadn’t trailed at all, so I was interested to see how we would handle being behind.”
And he no problem with the result.
Cy Perfetti was hit by the next pitch, but he stole second and scored on a single from Dathan Berning to put Post 95 back on top.
The game would quiet down in the fifth and sixth innings, with just one hit from each side, before Vandalia broke open the game in the seventh.
Berning walked to open that inning, and Dylan Carr followed with a single and then stole second.
Mitch Wolff delivered a two-run single to center, and he would later steal home on a double-steal to make the final score.
Dylan Bone gave Post 95 another strong start, becoming the second starter in two games to go seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one to pick up the victory.
In relief, Ian Murrell tossed two innings, striking out three and allowing two hits.
“Our (starting) pitchers have done everything we have asked of them,” Rincker said. “The relievers then have come in and thrown strikes.”
Thursday, May 31
WP: Bone (1-0); 7 IP, 7 K, 2 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP
LP: Feldman; 6 IP, 10 K
Post 95: Huber, 2-for-4, HR, RBI, run, SB; Wolff, 2-for-4, 2 RBI, run, SB; Carr, 2-for-5, run, SB; Berning, 1-for-3, RBI, run, 2 BB; Raustin Zahradka, 1-for-4; Perfetti, run, 2 SB, 2 HBP; Bone, run, 2 BB; Murrell, SB, HBP; Tyler Herpstreith, SB, BB.
On Monday, the Sr. Legion squad split a doubleheader at Salem, winning the first game, 13-5, and dropping the second, 8-0.
Brady Huber and Raustin Zahradka each homered during the win, and Brady McDowell was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Derek Harmeier picked up the win, throwing five innings and striking out two.
In game two, Post 95 had just one hit. Ian Murrell took the loss, striking out seven.
Post 95 is 3-1 on the season and will be playing in the New Baden Wooden Bat Tournament through Saturday.
The next home game is on Monday against Robinson (nine innings) at 6:30 p.m.