BONNE TERRE – After struggling to make consistent contact through seven innings on Thursday, the Ste. Genevieve Post 150 Senior Legion baseball team used another method to produce a scoring threat.
Tyler Blum notched a leadoff single in the eighth when his bunt was picked up along the third-base line, and advanced to second base on a sacrifice by No. 3 batter Chad Donze.
The power then arrived when Brady Boyer drilled an RBI double to left-center field, snapping a 1-1 tie, and starting pitcher Drew Toombs blooped a key two-run single for insurance.
Toombs lasted 6 2/3 innings before the 105-pitch limit left him with an eventual no-decision, and Post 150 prevailed 4-2 over Jackson-Thomure Bonne Terre Post 83.
Ste. Genevieve topped Bonne Terre in extra innings for a second straight time after rallying for a 4-3 triumph in bizarre fashion last week on a bases-loaded balk.
Each team totaled just four hits on Thursday in a contest that was briefly delayed twice by distant lightning. And once again, it would be decided by relief pitchers.
Kellen Blum obtained the last four outs for win, but allowed a solo home run to Jared Jones with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.
Bonne Terre’s Karter Kekec prevented Toombs from completing the seventh with a single. Toombs recorded eight strikeouts while allowing one run on three hits.
Jacob Bone also notched eight strikeouts over five innings for Post 83. He issued six walks – including four during the opening frame – but only one hit on a broken-bat roller by Toombs in the fourth.
Cody Hubbard retired six of his first seven batters in relief, but suffered the loss after Ste. Genevieve produced three hits in the eighth inning.
Post 150 grabbed a 1-0 lead when Carter Roth drew a bases-loaded walk in the first. Jacob Bieser tried to score on an ensuing pitch to the backstop, but catcher Matt Momot retrieved the ball and flipped to a covering Bone to prevent further damage.
Bonne Terre pulled even in the second. Karson Kekec slammed a double that one-hopped the fence in center, and Brian Chandler followed with an RBI double toward the left-field corner.
Toombs walked the first two batters in the bottom of the fourth, but answered with two strikeouts and a fly ball to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Ste. Genevieve leadoff man Derek Morganthaler walked three times, while Toombs finished 2-for-4.
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