Post 139 drops sectional opener
TERRE HAUTE — Rockville Post 48 scored the winning run with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Sullivan Post 139 8-7 in an opening round game at the Terre Haute American Legion Sectional on Tuesday night.
Trevor Rapp tripled to begin the Rockville seventh and Sullivan manager Tony Steimel elected to walk the next two batters, loading the bases with no outs.
Chris Taylor then came into pitch and issued a walk to Clayton Schaefer, bringing home Rapp with the game-winning run.
“With no outs and a man at third, the likelihood of them scoring is very good,” said Steimel. “We were looking for a strikeout.
“It was a tough position for Chris. He did not have much notice that he was going to come in and pitch. He shouldn’t feel bad about it.”
Post 139 went up 1-0 when Vincennes Lincoln’s Isaac Lane singled in catcher Shane Garner in the first.
Rockville scored seven runs in the first five at bats, taking a 7-1 advantage.
But Post 139 responded with six runs in the sixth off of winning pitcher Hunter Mahalek.
Max Mize, Eli Steimel and Cam Walters each singled as Mize scored on an RBI hit by Walters.
Taylor then doubled in two runs before losing pitcher Sam Steimel knocked in a pair of runs with a double.
Lane then delivered another RBI single and Jack Conner drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Sam Steimel was the starting pitcher. In four innings of work, he allowed six runs, five earned. He struck out six and walked five.
Walters and Braedon Nichols also threw in relief for Post 139, who was scheduled to play Clinton in a loser’s bracket game on Wednesday.
Garner had to leave the game in bottom of the first inning. Coach Steimel said that Garner’s right ankle popped while he was in his stance behind the plate.
“It was unfortunate. It really hurt to lose our No. 2 hitter and catcher,” said coach Steimel.
Sullivan Post 139 100 006 0 — 7 8 2
Rockville Post 48 310 210 1 — 8 6 2
W — Mahalek. L — Walters.