July 29, 2010

Memphis Survives Slugfest with Highland

By Brock Bondurant

Coors Field in Denver, Colorado is the Major Leagueís most notorious ballpark for home runs. The high, Rocky Mountain altitude of Denver allows baseballs to travel further due to the thin Colorado air. The most notorious home run-hitting ballpark in Northeast Missouri may perhaps be that of Scotland County High School. Only itís got nothing to do with the air. Itís the shallow fences and the sluggers of Post#219 that get it done.

In Memphis on July 14, the Memphis American Legion baseball team hosted Highland. The two teams would go back and forth, scoring a combined total of 35 runs, including four home runs in just nine innings.

Highland jumped out on top early, taking advantage of Memphis errors to go up 5-0 before Logan Payne collected a RBI to put Memphis on the scoreboard. This ignited the Memphis bats, as the rest of the Legionnaires would follow. In the third, Memphis would score 8 runs on 7 hits to go up 9-5.

The lead was short-lived however when Highland scored 6 runs including two long bombs out of the park in the fourth. Memphis would then tie it up in the bottom of the half with two runs to put the score at 11-11.

Highland would get the lead back in the fifth, but round-trippers from Sabe Sears and Jordan Wheeler, Memphis would score 8 more runs to go up 19-13. That would be all the run support Memphis closer, Ben Shannan needed to close it out 19-16.

Memphis would get the win, and finish the regular season at 7-10.

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