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In tale of two games, Scott City downs Squids

Friday, June 24, 2011

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Chaffee's Jared Walker is tagged out at the plate by Scott City catcher Austin Atchley while trying to score from first on a double to right field in the fifth inning of what turned into a nine-inning contest. Brent Shipman, Staff
CHAFFEE -- What was scheduled as two five-inning games turned into a nine-inning game, with an additional inning, in a confusing contest between Scott City and Chaffee on Thursday night.

With the game tied 4-4 after the first five innings were complete, the teams decided to play an additional five innings, with only the first four innings counting. When the dust settled, Scott City's high school squad came away with a 6-4 win, before the team's played a final inning where the Rams scored an additional two runs.

"We executed a lot of situational things today really well," said Scott City coach Lance Amick. "In the last five innings the pitchers threw the ball well. Holding (Chaffee) to no runs over five innings is pretty good."

Trailing 4-3 entering the fifth inning, Scott City tied the game when Cody Ashcraft reached on an error and advanced to second on a single by Travis Phillips. Ashcraft then scored on a single up the middle by Forrest Copeland to tie the game.

"(Copeland's) going to be a junior for us next year and played as a sophomore," Amick said. "It's big hit. Summer, winter whatever that's a big hit. You have to be happy for kids when they do that.

"That's the advantage of (summer). You get in situations that can only be simulated by doing this. You can't get pressure at bats by throwing in a batting cage."

Scott City took the lead for good in the sixth inning -- or first inning of the scheduled second game -- when Atchley doubled in Copeland who reached on a fielder's choice. Ryan Fortner drove in Atchley on a fielder's choice to the second baseman to give the Rams their 6-4 advantage.

"We scratched enough runs against good pitchers," Amick said.

Chaffee jumped ahead early, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Scott Foster walked followed by a single from Daniel Dooley. Foster would then come across after an error and Nolan Urhahn plated Dooley and Connor Scott on a line drive up the middle.

Scott City cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the second when Fortner singled followed by walks to Logan Henson and Zach Frey. A walk to Ashcraft then scored Fortner and Henson then came across on an error.

Chaffee scored their final run in the bottom of the third when Jared Walker singled and then scored on an Urhahn double, giving Chaffee a 4-2 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Scott City answered the Squids' mark when Pobst singled and eventually came home on a passed ball.

"I'm not going to make any excused for our kids," said Chaffee coach Aaron Horrell. We were missing kids, but honestly when we played them the first time they had about three or four kids on there side that all conference and all district type players.

"I know Landon Robert and Brett Dirnberger aren't here tonight and those two tremendous ball players. So we can't use missing kids as an excuse because they're missing kids too. We just didn't come out and play ball tonight."

Pobst picked up the win pitching a scoreless fourth and fifth inning in relief. He allowed two hits and no walks while hitting a batter and striking out one. Pitching the next three innings to pick up the save, Ryan Brock shut out Chaffee, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out one.

Logan Henson struck out two in the tenth inning that didn't count as part of the regular game.

"Ryan Brock threw the heck out of the ball and then Logan Henson came in and continued on," Amick said. "I pitchers threw well all day today."

Taking the loss Connor Scott came in with two outs in the fifth and surrendered two of the final two runs of the contest in the sixth. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out six, including fanning the side in the seventh.

"Connor really pitched well," Horrell said. "I don't know if he's not getting loose quick enough or he just settles in, but he starts a little slow and after an inning or two he really settled in and shut them down.

"The same thing happened tonight. He had two runs in his first (full) inning and the next three he was lights out."

Chaffee now stands at 21-3 on the season.

Scott City 020 112 000 - 6

Chaffee 301 000 000 - 4

WP -- Heath Pobst. LP -- Connor Scott. SV -- Ryan Brock. 2B -- (S) Austin Atchley; (C) Nolan Urhahn, Mitchell Dirnberger.