A suicide squeeze in the top of the sixth inning helped push Webb City's Post #322 to a 5-3 lead, but the visitors needed three more runs in the seventh frame to subdue Irwin-Easley Post #118 to start last Thursday night's AA American Legion twinbill at Cassville. The visitors won the opener 8-5, and then ran away with the second game, 16-5.
In the early game, Webb City took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, courtesy of a two RBI moon shot to right field by Trenton Brock. Webb City touched Cassville starter Gabe Kirk for another run in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead. Kirk then pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to avoid further damage.
The Irwin-Easley bats came to life in the home half of the fourth inning. Marcus Weatherman led off, reaching base on an infield error. Kirk walked, and then Kayleb Sparks ripped a 2-1 fastball into left field for a RBI single.
Sparks stole second base and Andrew Whitham delivered a game-tying two RBI single to center.
The score remained tied until the sixth.
With one out and two runners in scoring position for reliever Ty Craig, Webb City's Maquel Harbin laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to plate Ryan Graves from third. Austin Carter followed, driving a first-pitch fastball into center for a RBI double.
Post #118 went down in order in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Harbin, and then Webb City Post #322 added three more runs in the seventh to push their lead to 8-3.
Irwin-Easley rallied to score twice in the bottom of the seventh, but could not overcome the five-run deficit. Whitham was thrown out at home, and Weatherman was gunned down stealing second as the Cassville team tried to create scores.
Harbin earned the win for Webb City, while Craig was charged with the loss.