Nearly buried early, the senior Chillicothe Cardinals American Legion baseball team of Post No. 25 came on strong late on Father’s Day to push their home contest with Boonville to extra innings. They were unable to finish it for dad, though, falling for the fourth time in as many tries, in a high scoring, 14-10 effort over 11 innings.
Andrew Bottorff’s 2-out, 2-run single to right-center field in the bottom of the seventh and scheduled-final inning tied the game at 10-10, capping a 5-run Cardinals comeback in the seventh.
However, when Grant Davis took over on the mound for Boonville in the eighth, Chillicothe’s bats went quiet as they managed only one hits and no runs over the four bonus frames and their guests from Boonville finally broke through in the 11th.
With the loss, the senior Legion Cardinals squad dropped to 7-9 on the year. It has lost four straight and now is 5-4 at home this year.
The senior Cardinals’ next contests are to be part of a home two-for tomorrow, starting at 6 p.m. at “June”?Shaffer Memorial?Park stadium. They will welcome Marshall.
Trace Phillips took the mound for Post No. 25 yesterday in what was scheduled to be the opener of a doubleheader of 7-inning games, but was transformed into a single contest because of the extended length of the would-be opener.
Facing off against Boonville’s Keith Poindexter, Phillips and his counterpart each allowed nine runs to score – five earned for Phillips through five innings, and seven earned for Poindexter, who pitched 61⁄3.
Six of those nine runs scored by Boonville came before the Cardinals recorded a single run.
A double in the first inning off Phillips plated Jacob Francis, Kyle Vanderlinden, and Jalen Poindexter. An error allowed another Boonvillian to cross the plate in the top of the second, and a ground-ball single to center field scored Dylan Albertson and Caleb Hein. That was in the third inning.
Down 6-0, Post No. 25 chipped its way back into the contest, starting in the bottom of the third, getting runs, but scarily losing a player in the process.