Post 118 comeback frustrates McDonald County

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Cassville's Andrew Whitham prepares to apply the tag at home plate as a McDonald County runner races to the dish. Chuck Nickle Photography

The Irwin-Easley Post #118 baseball team stormed back from a 4-1 deficit to claim a 5-4 American Legion victory over McDonald County Post #392 at Cassville's Wildcat Field on Wednesday, June 12.

Brett Nickle crushed a one-out triple in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Jordan Fisher raced home to score the winning run to cap the dramatic comeback.

Cassville's late uprising overshadowed a strong pitching performance by Post #392's Trenton Frasier. Frasier shut out the home team for three innings, facing only 10 batters in that span as McDonald County took a 3-0 lead.

Cassville's Marcus Weatherman lays down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance runners during Legion baseball action against McDonald County on June 12. Cassville won the contest 5-4. Chuck Nickle Photography

Post #118 whittled the lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning. Noah Hadlow led off with a single and scored on Gabe Kirk's double to get the goose egg off the home line of the scoreboard.

The McDonald County team regained the three-run lead in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Evan Acuff doubled and scored when Cooper Dill connected on a three-two fastball for an RBI.

Frasier retired Cassville in order in the bottom of the fifth, and Post #392 held a 4-1 lead with two innings remaining.

The Irwin-Easley team would own those two innings.

Seven Cassville batters faced Frasier in the sixth inning, producing a pair of runs. Hadlow poked a one-out single but then Kirk popped out to left field. Marcus Weatherman reached base on a costly error for McDonald County.

Hadlow scored on a throwing error, then Austin Hancock drilled an RBI single to plate Weatherman. Andrew Whitham singled to move the tying run to third base, but Frasier saved the one-run lead with a timely tag.

Post #392 clung to a 4-3 lead entering the seventh inning.

Weatherman, who pitched the entire game for Cassville, lacked Frasier's accuracy but was great when it counted. He set McDonald County down in order in the top of the seventh, striking out Acuff and Dill in succession.

In Cassville's decisive final at-bat, Chase Jackson drew a five-pitch leadoff walk from Frasier to put the tying run on base. Then Fisher singled to create a first and third with no outs situation.

Alex Vanderpool's sacrifice fly knotted the score at 4-4 as Jackson tagged up and raced home. Nickle followed with the walk-off triple to end the contest.

Weatherman earned the complete-game victory for Post #119. The Cassville right-hander held McDonald County to six hits and a walk. Weatherman struck out seven batters, three of them in the final two innings.

Frasier took the loss, giving up eight hits and a walk.

Both teams committed two errors in the field.

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