ROBINSON – Connor Beasley picked a pretty good time to hit his first home run of the summer.
Beasley ripped a towering home run to right last Wednesday to pull Vandalia back within a run of the lead after five innings, setting up a momentum shift that included an eight-run sixth as Post 95 picked up a must-win 13-6 victory against Robinson in the Sr. Legion District Tournament.
Also pitching in relief, Beasley allowed a pair of runs in the fifth to give Robinson a 6-2 lead, but by following an RBI double by Noah Powless with a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame, Vandalia found a renewed energy.
That is what willed him to allow just four base runners over the final four innings.
“What it was was that in the first couple of innings, the guys weren’t up on the fence,” Beasley said. “Later, all the guys were on the fence, and it’s easier to focus when I know the guys are all up and into the game.
“These guys are a lot of fun to play with, and I’d feel awful if I gave them the loss,” he said. “I wanted to keep playing with these guys, so I’m going to do whatever it takes.”
Vandalia (29-8) collected eight hits in the sixth and moved runners in every at-bat.
Brock Trexler capped the rally with a three-run double, but was tagged out while trying to stretch the hit into his first triple of the summer. He had four RBI in the inning, doubling his previous season-high.
Also driving home runs were Quinn Wadkins, Kyle Bray and Johnnie Clift.
“In the first game, we hit well,” said coach Rod Mueller. “It wasn’t our best game, but it worked and the game came to us.”
For the 15th time, Post 95 had at least 10 hits in a game, recording 15, including multiple hits for four players – Trexler, Beasley, Bray and Austin Schwarm.
Tyler Woods hit a ground-rule double to put Robinson on the board in the top of third inning, but a towering pop-up by Bray in the bottom of the frame fell between two fielders and allowed Schwarm and Wadkins to score.
For Schwarm, it was the 20th straight game in which he has scored.
Robinson added back-to-back RBI hits in the fourth and scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single in the fifth.
Beasley (4-2) earned the win, striking out eight over five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks.
Johnnie Clift started for Post 95, striking out four in four innings while allowed four runs (three earned) on four hit, three walks and a hit batsman.
Wednesday, July 16
WP: Beasley (4-2); 5 IP, 8 K
LP: Johnson; 7 IP, 1 K
Post 95: Beasley, 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Bray, 3-for-5, 3 RBI, run; Trexler, 2-for-3, 2B, 4 RBI, run, sac bunt; Schwarm, 2-for-5, 2 runs, SB; Powless, 1-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Wadkins, 1-for-4, RBI, run; Dalton Crisman, 1-for-4, 2 runs, SB, HBP; Gavin Ratermann, 1-for-5, run; Clift, 1-for-3, RBI, run; Ryan Miller, HBP.