PITTSBURG — It was another successful weekend for the Pittsburg Legion baseball team, as Post 64 took both games of a double header against the Kansas City Monarchs 6-3 and 13-3 on Saturday inside Jaycee Ballpark.
POST 64 TAKES OPENER
Pittsburg received an excellent outing from the starter Noah Vaughn on the mound in the opener, and built a six-run lead before holding off a late rally by the Monarchs to earn the win.
“I thought that it was a very good team win,” Pittsburg head coach Chase Cleland said. “We really capitalized on the few opportunities that were given to us. Making the most of those and getting a few runs early really helped.”
Following a scoreless first inning, Post 64 drew first blood in the second to go up 1-0.
Ridge Smith sparked the offense with a leadoff single, before moving up into scoring position on a base hit by Cade Simmons and coming in to score on a single to left field off the bat of Tejay Cleland.
Pittsburg followed it up with another run in the third to extend the lead to 2-0, thanks to an RBI double into the left-center field gap off the bat of Logan VanBecelaere.
The offensive momentum continued for Post 64 in the fifth, as they exploded for four runs to take their largest lead of the game at 6-0.
The inning was highlighted by an RBI triple to right field by Simmons and included an RBI single by Vaughn.
Kansas City cut the lead in half at 6-3 in the sixth inning, but Matt Cashero came out of the bullpen and recorded the final out to limit the damage three runs and held the Monarchs scoreless in the seventh to earn the save.
Vaughn earned the win on the mound, giving up three runs on six hits with three strikeout through 5.2 innings of work.
Simmons was the offensive catalyst, driving in two runs on two hits.
Vaughn was also productive at the plate, going 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
POST 64 COMPLETES SWEEP
Despite stumbling out of the gate in the rematch, Pittsburg picked up its second win via the run rule 13-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“We hit the ball very well in the second game,” Chase Cleland said. “We put down a couple bunts and executed well overall. Everything was on point. We just played really good baseball today.”
Kansas City jumped out to a three-run lead in the opening frame, but Post 64 responded with six runs in their half of the inning to take a 6-3 lead.
The six-run inning was highlighted by a two-run single by Simmons and included a an RBI base hit by Tejay Cleland.
Pittsburg continued the offensive success in the second inning, striking for three more runs — with two coming on a pair of RBI singles from Smith and Parker Wydick — to extend the lead to 9-3.
VanBecelaere came around to score in the fourth inning on a productive out after drawing a leadoff walk, before Pittsburg ended the game early by scoring three runs in the sixth.
Chase Arbuckle and Vaughn both crossed the plate in the inning on defensive errors, before the game concluded with an RBI double down the right field line off the bat of Wydick.
Wydick and Simmons had a game to remember at the plate, each collecting two runs on two hits.
Post 64 will compete in the Greyhound Summer Showcase, starting with a matchup against Valley Training at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.