"They played well today," Scott County coach Zach Pobst said. "I'm proud of them. They hit the ball well and played good defense."
Scott County jumped out to a three-run lead to start the first contest, taking advantage of three Woodpecker errors. After only scoring one more run over the next four innings, Post 369 scored four runs in the sixth for their largest rally of the game.
Dustin Gebherdt and Trent Pobst each drove in runs in the frame while Charleston committed a pair of errors to push Scott County up 8-0.
Charleston's offense finally got going in the bottom of the sixth when RBI singles from Casey Tatum and Bruce Simmons closed the Woodpeckers deficit to six, however, a two-run rally in the seventh by Post 369 sealed the game.
Picking up the win, Brent Forck went all seven inning, giving up both runs on five hits and two walks.
"He was cruising today," Pobst said of Forck. "I appreciated that, with him going seven innings."
In the night's second contest, scheduled for five innings, the Woodpeckers proved to much tougher competition as as they rallied back from an early four-run hole.
A sacrifice fly and single from Chance Tenkhoff and Layne Spies respectively put Post 369 up 2-0 after one inning. In the second, with runners on second and third, Austin Miller hit a bases-clearing single to put Scott County up 4-0.
Charleston responded with their best inning of the night in the bottom of the second as Ben Stallings and Luke Harris got back-to-back one-out hits to start the rally. A walk to Evan Burton loaded the bases before Austin Hailey took a pitch out of the zone on a 3-1 count to force in the Woodpeckers first run. Austin O' Connor followed that up with a line drive single to plate another run before Burton scored on a passed ball to close Charleston to within a run at 4-3.
Unfortunately for the Woodpecker, with the bases loaded and still one out, two straight strikeouts from the top of the order ended the rally.
"Offensively we got a lot better in the second game," Charleston coach Ryan Ford said. "We started hitting the ball, the pitcher kind of worked himself into trouble and we took advantage of it. It would have been nice if we have got that hit with the bases loaded (to take the lead).
"That seems to be what's been happening a lot lately. If we get that clutch hit, then that's the difference in the ball game and we pull out a win. It just hasn't been happening yet."
Scott County was held to one run over the next two innings, leaving them with a 5-3 lead entering the top of the seventh. Following two straight outs to start the frame, six straight runners reach and score for Scott County to once again push them out to a comfortable lead.
Charleston got a one-out single from DJ Adams in the bottom of the seventh, but a double play ended any potential rally.
Chance Tenkhoff provided Scott County with its second complete game of the night to pick up the win.
|Scott County||301 004 2 - 10|
|Charleston||000 002 0 - 2|
WP -- Brent Forck. LP -- Ryan Houseman. Multiple hitters: (SC)Eric Urhahn 3-4. 2B -- (SC) Urhahn, Layne Spies; (C) Bruce Simmons.
|Scott County||220 16 - 11|
|Charleston||030 00 - 3|
WP -- Chance Tenkhoff. LP -- Casey Tatum. Multiple hitters: (SC) Zane Eggiman 2-3, Layne Spies 3-3. 2B -- (SC) Eggiman.