ST. JOSEPH — The Chillicothe Cardinals junior American Legion baseball team’s offensive potency followed them to St. Joseph Sunday, allowing them a doubleheader take from William Chrisman, an Independence School District affiliate, 9-7 and 8-4.
The wins at Phil Welch Stadium pushed the junior Birds’ record to
14-11 on the year.
Logan O’Dell went six innings on the hill, striking out seven and allowing six hits with one walk to take the game one win for Chillicothe.
WC’s Andrew Waymon was the first contest’s losing pitcher.
O’Dell was the Junior Cardinals’ first run, batted in on a fielder’s choice from Hussey to Waymon in the bottom of the first.
Chrisman posted four on an error charged to Wade Phillips, a passed ball, and a Grady Ogle single to right in the top of the second.
Post 25 hit back in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead for the remainder. Dylan Clark hit a fly ball to left for a single, and then Leamer reached on an error charged to shortstop Jarry Snow, then rounded and made it to second, putting runners at second and third with one out. Phillips struck out looking for the second out, though, putting the inning on O’Dell’s shoulders. He delivered, too, plating both of his teammates with a line drive single up the middle. Corzette scored O’Dell in the next at-bat, then plated on a passed ball to being the score to 5-4.
They added four more to that total in the fifth, when first Hussey, then Minnick were walked by Waymon. Smith then singled high to right, and Clark lined to center to plate three of those. Phillips grounded out to third, but scored Clark in the process for the fourth run.
Down 9-4, WC fought held on and fought their way back into contention in the sixth and final inning. After an Ogle strikeout, Snow and Mike Peterson singled to opposite fields to put two on with one out. Tyler Bover drove in Snow in the next at-bat, on a singled to left field. Waymon scored Peterson on a drive to the opposite side to make it a three-point game. An Ogle flyout allowed a tagged-up Bover to advance to third. He then stole home to bring the margin within two, but a strikeout sealed the deal, leaving Post 25 breathing a sigh of relief.
They followed up their brush with comeback by leaving no doubt just a short time later, in