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Poorman collects 3 RBI, Post 83 edges Ste. Gen.

STE. GENEVIEVE – A third consecutive meeting between Jackson-Thomure Bonne Terre Post 83 and Ste. Genevieve Post 150 was tied entering the final inning on Tuesday.

Post 83 avenged two previous setbacks despite running itself into three outs during the seventh, thanks in part to three highly productive swings by Kolten Poorman.

His shallow RBI single brought in Cody Hubbard with the go-ahead run, and Brian Chandler was clutch on the mound in relief to preserve a 4-3 victory in the Senior Legion District 13 tournament.

Ste. Genevieve missed a golden chance to grab the lead after Carter Roth singled, stole second base and reached third on a passed ball with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

Chandler took over for starter Sean Pruneau, and cleanly fielded a bunt by Kellen Blum to cut down Roth at home on an attempted squeeze for the second out.

No. 9 batter Brian Selby took a glancing delivery off the shoulder to load the bases, but Chandler got the crucial call along the outside corner to catch Derek Morganthaler looking with a full count.

Morganthaler plunked Pruneau to begin the Bonne Terre seventh. Hubbard then singled and the bases became loaded when a sacrifice by Jacob Bone was bobbled for an error.

Pruneau broke toward home amid confusion with signs, and surrendered the first out of the inning in a surprising rundown. But an ensuing walk to Briley Smith brought Poorman to the dish.

Poorman muscled a RBI single off the end of his wood bat that barely eluded the second baseman, but Post 150 avoided further damage when Bone tried to retreat to third base. After he was tagged out, Ste. Genevieve tracked down Smith between second and third for a peculiar double play.

Chandler issued two walks in the home half the seventh, but an unassisted putout at first base propelled Post 150 into the next round to face either Festus or De Soto on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Poorman, who worked behind the plate as usual catcher Matt Momot rested an ailing shoulder, was officially 2-for-2 plus a walk. He evened the game at 3-3 with a solo home run beyond the left-center fence in the fifth inning.

That swing was the lone blemish against Morganthaler as he retired 11 of 12 batters during one stretch. He went the distance in defeat with six strikeouts and six hits allowed.

Bonne Terre (6-5) grabbed a 1-0 lead after Bone walked and scored on a wild pitch in the opening frame. Ste. Genevieve drew even on Brady Boyer’s RBI double to deep right during the home half.

Boyer finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, and singled home Chad Donze for a 3-2 Ste. Genevieve edge after previous batter Jacob Bieser hammered a tying double to left-center in the bottom of the third.

Pruneau induced a key double play that shortstop Jared Jones scooped near second base to limit the damage. The lefty fanned four and walked five over 5 1/3 innings for a no-decision.

Post 83 opened the third with three consecutive infield hits by Hubbard, Bone and Smith. Poorman made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly, but Morganthaler answered with back-to-back strikeouts.

Morganthaler added two singles from the leadoff spot for Ste. Genevieve (14-10), which plays Rock Memorial in an elimination game on Wednesday.

Ste. Genevieve Post 150 runner Carter Roth is tagged out by Bonne Terre Post 83 catcher Kolten Poorman while trying to score during sixth inning action in the Senior Legion District 13 tournament on Tuesday.

Ste. Genevieve Post 150 runner Carter Roth is tagged out by Bonne Terre Post 83 catcher Kolten Poorman while trying to score during sixth inning action in the Senior Legion District 13 tournament on Tuesday.

Bonne Terre Post 83 pitcher Sean Pruneau delivers during the fifth inning of a Senior Legion District 13 tournament game against Ste. Genevieve Post 150 on Tuesday.

Bonne Terre Post 83 pitcher Sean Pruneau delivers during the fifth inning of a Senior Legion District 13 tournament game against Ste. Genevieve Post 150 on Tuesday.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at mking@dailyjournalonine.com

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