Post 118 tames Webb City and continues district play
The third time was not the charm for Tyler Burgess and the Webb City Legion baseball team. Post 322 had faced Cassville twice this season and their pitcher, Burgess, had given up just five runs in those contests, but Cassville jumped on the young left-hander on Saturday for five runs in the first inning enroute to a 15-2 upset victory.
Cassville Post 118, seeded sixth in the district tournament, garnered 17 hits in the contest against their third-seeded opponents.
Leading the charge was Aaron Brooks, who went four-for-five with two doubles, a stolen base, two runs and four RBI. Brooks said his performance on Saturday was just a progression.
"I've just been building on it all season," said Brooks. "I've been working with (Assistant Coach) Jeremy (Marple), and the guys have been great. We just felt it as a team today."
Post 118 also received good pitching. Kelby Haynes started for the local team on the mound and went seven innings. Haynes used a fastball, change-up and cut fastball, surrendering six hits and one walk while striking out seven. He gave up two runs neither of which was earned.
"The defense played well," said Haynes. "When the defense is playing well you can just throw it." He threw 123 pitches, 74 of which were strikes.
From the beginning, Post 118 seemed destined for the victory. After the first batter struck out, Cody Pierson hit a double. Kason Koelsch followed that with a double of his own, Michael Baker and Josh Hartin walked, Tyler Miller reached on an error and Brooks and Jake Nolan both had singles before Webb City was finally able to get the last out. Webb City's batters then struck out, grounded out, walked and struck out, setting the tone for the course of the game.
Cassville scored three more in the third and one in the fifth, making it 9-0.
Webb City got two runs in the seventh when Cassville committed three errors, but a six-run eighth inning for Cassville put the contest away due to the 10-run rule.
In addition to Brooks, Koelsch had a good game for Post 118. Koelsch finished two-for-five in the contest with two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
Other Cassville players who garnered a hit included: Jody Cavness 3, Pierson 2, Baker 2, Nolan 2, Ricky Vanderpool and Hartin.
Travis Northern finished the game on the mound pitching the eighth inning for Cassville. He pitched one inning and garnered a strike-out.
As a team Cassville found their stroke at the dish, finishing with 17 hits, seven of which were for extra bases. The team batted for a .395 average and had a .500 on-base percentage.
Purdy, Wheaton players
Three players from Purdy and two from Wheaton also competed Saturday in the District 15 American Legion baseball tournament.
Ryan Veith, who plays for Monett, went one-for-five with a triple and two RBI in a 9-6 loss to Carl Junction.
Chris Bennett and Josh Wiseman, from Purdy, also play on the Monett squad.
Also Cody Bunch and Blake Dilbeck, who played for Wheaton during this high school season, played for the East Newton Rockets. The Rockets lost to Miller 6-2.