Hillsboro import Kyle Huber tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday night, striking out nine and walking just one, leading the Post 95 Sr. American Legion baseball team to 6-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Teutopolis.
Huber’s teammates gave him all the support he’d need in the opening frame, as Luke Murfin continued his hot hitting with a two-run double and Trevor Summers had an RBI single.
Adam Hosick added a two-run single in the fifth.
Huber’s performance was the highlight of an otherwise tough and busy stretch for the Cardinals (3-6), who dropped Game 2 against T-Town, 6-1, and five of seven over the past six days.
Ryan Thiele had an outstanding all-around game in the nightcap against T-Town, going 3-for-3 with two doubles – in addition to gunning down a pair of runners on the basepaths – but errors and walks plagued Post 95 in a frustrating setback.
Jared Winters went the distance for Vandalia and gave up just one earned run, but he could not overcome eight walks and four errors behind him.
Post 95 wound up stranding seven runners on the basepaths, in addition to hitting into three double plays and watching two runners get thrown out at the plate.
Summers finished 1-for-3 with an RBI for Vandalia, while Cody Wimberly was 1-for-3 with a double and Adam Hosick was 1-for-3.
Post 95 salvaged one of three over the weekend, blasting Jerseyville 10-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday.
Murfin led the charge with a three-run homer, while Adam Hosick was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Brenden Wasmuth was 2-for-4. Thiele and Wimberly also had a hit and RBI apiece.
Post 95 dropped Game 2, however, 10-5. Dallas Gray finished 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, while Wimberly was 3-for-4 with a double.
Post 95 had a forgetable game Saturday, falling 15-0 to Taylorville on the road.
Two valiant comebacks went for naught, as Post 95 dropped a pair of heartbreakers to visiting Effingham.
Murfin’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run second that erased an early 5-1 deficit in the opener of a doubleheader, but Effingham reliever Tyler McKay shut down the Cardinals over the final four innings, and Post 120 plated five unanswered runs to close out the game and go onto a 10-6 win.
McKay, an Olney Central College recruit and former Beecher City standout, allowed just one baserunner on a hit batter over four no-hit innings of relief.
Murfin finished with four RBIs, while Summers had a double, single and an RBI. Thiele and Wimberly both doubled and singled, while Nick Simmons chipped in two singles. Huber had two singles and an RBI, but took the loss in relief.
Post 95 put together a furious final-inning rally in the second game, only to come up a little short in an 8-7 loss.
The setback was even tougher to swallow considering Wimberly came up just short of a walkoff homer in the seventh, settling for a double off the leftfield fence. Making matters worse was the fact that the potential tying runner was thrown out at the plate on the play after McKay played the ball off the fence beautifully, starting a perfect relay to home.
Andrew Miller’s three-run double broke open a 3-3 tie in the second, and Coran McNeely’s late two-run homer proved pivotal in the end.
Adam Hosick had two singles and two RBIs for Vandalia, while Murfin had two singles and Wimberly doubled and drove in a run.