ODESSA — Chillicothe’s senior American Legion baseball Post No. 25 team extended its winning streak to six games over the weekend with a pair of Saturday victories over Oak Grove.
The doubleheader sweep extended their record to 14-9 for the summer.
Despite struggling in the first two innings of play, the Cards – with Trenton Troyer on the mound – came back and pulled out a 6-4 win in game one.
Down 2-0 early – via a Logan Harrison RBI single in the first and an error on Troyer in the second – Post 25 responded with a three-run third. Troy Toedebusch doubled to left with one out, and was then brought around on a Troyer double to left field on the ground. Zac Douglas struck out swinging for the second out, with the runner in scoring position.
Justin VanHoutan then came to the plate and took opposing pitcher Nate England to a 1-2 count before putting the ball into play for a ground ball singled to right field, which allowed Troyer enough time to plate a second run. Derrick Leeper singled to advance VanHoutan to second, and Trace Phillips reached on an error in right field to bring him home.
A Zac Shaw single with the bases loaded brought in two runs for Oak Grove in the bottom of the inning.
A pair of singles by Cole Upton and Toedebusch, along with a Douglas walk loaded the bases prior to VanHoutan taking to the plate in the top of the fourth inning of play. VanHoutan doubled to left to empty the bags of all but himself, for the final runs of the 6-4 contest.
Troyer pitched through the fourth inning before being replaced by VanHoutan on the mound. He had thrown for five hits and four runs (only one earned) in that time. He walked two. VanHoutan allowed his defense to do the work for him, recording no strikeouts, but allowing only two hits and no walks in the successful save situation.
J.W. McGraw came on in the seventh for Oak Grove, to take over for England.
VanHoutan and Douglas combined for seven RBIs in game two, which featured Toedebusch hurling, and a 14-point offensive effort from Post 25.