The Vern R. Glick Post No. 25 American Legion baseball senior Cardinals earned their second win in six tries on Thursday night, as part of a doubleheader split with Warrensburg, held at Daryl Danner Memorial Park in Chillicothe. The victory halted a 4-game losing streak for the Cardinals.
Post No. 25 fell behind early in game one and never quite recovered, losing 12-7. In game two, the Cardinals staved off a late rally for a 9-7 victory.
The senior Cardinals improved to 2-4 on the year. They ha begun their season with a win over Kansas City’s Millhouse Stars.
Their next contest will be tonight, a single game starting at 7 p.m. versus Lee’s Summit Post 189. The non-league game will be played at Chillicothe’s “June” Shaffer Memorial Park.
After the Cardinals absorbed a fourth-straight loss in last night’s opener, Troy Toedebusch was Post No. 25’s starting pitcher for game two of the doubleheader.
He went four innings, allowing just three hits and four runs – three earned, while walking five batters. He had two strikeouts. Trace Phillips replaced him on the bump in the fifth for the save. In three innings, the Braymer righthander allowed two hits and walked four batters. Three runs scored, one of which was earned. He fanned three Warrensburg hitters.
Warrensburg again struck first, tallying two off of a Toedebusch wild pitch and a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning.
The Cardinals answered in the bottom half, though. Leadoff man Trenton Troyer from?the Jamesport area took second on a throwing error and scored on Hamiltonian Derrick Leeper’s hard ground-ball single to left field. Leeper later was out at home trying to advance as Phillips reached on an error, but another errant throw, this time by the third baseman brought home Chillicothe’s Justin VanHoutan to tie things at 2-all.
Post No. 25 took its first lead of the evening in the bottom of the second. Trey Van Houtan, hit by the second pitch of the inning, came home via Eagleville-area product Brett Perkins’ fielder’s choice. Perkins made it 4-2 on a Zac Douglas single to right field.
Throwing errors allowed Warrensburg to make it 4-3 in the third, but the Cardinals responded in the bottom of the fourth, after Jordan Carr relieved starter Jaxon?Janvrin.
After Toedebusch singled leading off and Steven?Cooper ran for him, the courtesy runner beat the throw to second on Perkins’ grounder to second and went on to third as the ball got away. After Perkins stole second, Troyer singled both men in and took second on the throw to the plate trying to get Perkins. A hit to center by Chillicothean Douglas not only scored Troyer, but turned into three bases as the ball got past the center fielder. Despite being at third with no outs, the runner never came across the plate, but Chillicothe nevertheless led 7-3.
Page 2 of 2 - An error in the fifth plated a Warrensburg tally, but another Douglas hit scored Toedebusch and Leeper singled home Troyer to make it 9-4,?Cardinals, going into the sixth.