July 8, 2010

Post #219 Team Continues at .500 Pace

by Brock Bondurant

The Memphis American Legion baseball team played in four games over the Independence Day weekend. The team remains with a .500 winning percentage at 6-6, by going 2-2 combined on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Post 219 traveled to Palmyra for a double header. Memphis split the two games, winning the first game and losing the second.

In the first game, Memphis got the offense started early. The first inning saw four Memphis runs score, highlighted by a Harley Stone RBI double. In the second inning, Palmyra scored 2 runs to bring the score 4-2. This would be as close as the score would get as Post #219 scored three more in the third, and two more in the fourth. Then in the fifth, with the score 9-3 Memphis, Ben Shannan strolled up to the plate with the bases juiced. Shannan came through with a base clearing double. Ben would later score on a Cordie Kigar sacrifice. This made the score 13-3, enforcing the ten-run-rule following a three strikeout inning by Kigar to seal the deal.

Ben Shannan led the Memphis offense, going 3-4 with 3 RBIs. Cordie Kigar pitched 5 innings, striking out 11 batters and giving up 3 runs on just 4 hits.

In the second contest at Palmyra, Memphis faced Palmyraís A-Team. In the top of the first, Drew Miller would reach base on a double. He then scored on an error to make the game 1-0. Palmyra struck back, driving in two runs off of Memphis pitcher, Harley Stone. Post #219 retook the lead, scoring six runs in the second with RBIs from Dakota Wells, Sabe Sears, and Drew Miller, as well as from Stone and Shannan. In the top of the fifth, Stone hit a two-out, two-run home run, but the celebration did not last long. Up 12-3 going into the bottom of inning number five; Memphis would give up an unheard of fourteen runs to put Palmyra up 17-12. Memphis would score just one more run as Palmyra would steal a win, 17-13.

Drew Miller went 4-5 with 2 doubles, a triple, a RBI, and 4 runs scored. Harley Stone was 3-4 with a HR, a double, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Memphis then traveled to Liberty, Illinois on Independence Day to play two games.

In the first game of the day versus Liberty, Memphis once again scored early with a 2 RBI single off the bat of Brock Bondurant. In the second inning, Sabe Sears drove in Cordie Kigar to put Memphis up 3-0. Ben Shannan struck out all three batters in the bottom half, as he would have another great performance on the bump.

Entering the seventh inning, the game was tied at four apiece. The Memphis bats pounded out 5 runs in the inning capped off by the play-of-the-day, a Cody Avery 2 RBI triple into very deep right-center field. Memphis won 9-4.

Ben Shannan pitched all 7 innings, striking out 13 opponents while giving up 4 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks.

In the second matchup of the day, Post #219 faced Payson. The Hard-throwing Payson pitcher shutout Memphis, giving up just 2 hits on the day, as Payson wins, 3-0. Jordan Wheeler pitched for Memphis, striking out 9 hitters in the loss.

Memphis plays Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Macon.

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