No doubt the players, coaches, parents and fans of Pittsburg Post 64 will fondly remember their trip to Omaha for the rest of their lives. Maybe the young men will even look forward to writing about what they did on their summer vacation, if schools even cover that subject anymore.
Post 64 emerged from the second day of the Decker Sports CWS Tournament with a sweep achieved in dramatic fashion.
Down 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Post 64 needed four runs against the Napoleon (Ohio) Post 300 RiverBandits for the win and came through with hits, walks and the big game-winning walk-off bases loaded hit by Austin Kratz to complete the job, 6-5.
Colton Gilbert led off the seventh with a walk, a good start to any inning but especially one where a team needs four runs to win. Napoleon retired Bryce Burdette but that was the last out recorded on Post 64.
Christian Cedeno walked. Brett Macary continued his tear with his third single of the game. Bases loaded with Post 64 runners.
Bryan Wade walked, scoring Gilbert, Post 64 down 5-3. Blake Vail walked, scoring Cedeno, Post 64 one to tie and two to win. Matt Standlee reached on an error by Austin Hancock, scoring Macary, tie ballgame.
With a 3-2 count against Napoleon reliever Blake Kuszmaul, Kratz found his pitch and hit the game-winner.
Post 64 answered the bell after leaving the bases loaded in the sixth. Napoleon starter Zach Willeman struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings.
Cody Grilz earned the win in relief, giving up two runs over three innings. Grilz blanked Napoleon in the sixth and the seventh, allowing Post 64 a chance.
Much earlier in the contest, Post 64 took a 1-0 lead when Ryan Cedeno drove home Burdette with a single, taking advantage of a fielding error by Hancock.
Macary recorded three hits and reached on an error.
Post 64 jumped all over Putnam City North (Okla.) for six first-inning runs en route to a 9-0 win in the opener Thursday.
No. 2 hitter Gilbert sparked the opening salvo with a sharp single up the middle. Gilbert stole second and moved over to third as Christian Cedeno did his job by hitting a grounder on the right side. Macary drew a walk and Gilbert scored on a wild pitch.
The hit parade started for Post 64 when Grilz rocketed a triple to left, scoring Macary. Then, the flood gates opened even more with a Luke Marquardt RBI single, a Kratz RBI single and a two-run Wade single. Post 64 collected its six runs on six hits.
Meanwhile, on the mound, Christian Cedeno was in control of the contest, surrendering no runs on two hits, five innings and 76 pitches, including 47 strikes.
Wade and Nate Grimaldi added RBI singles in the fourth to close out the scoring. Wade, Grimaldi and Kratz each collected two hits, all singles.
Page 2 of 2 - Officially, Nick George had no at-bats but was hit-by-pitch twice and reached another time on a walk.
Post 64 lost the opening game 4-3 to host Omaha Westside on Wednesday, dropping leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in the seventh as Westside pushed across two runs for the win. Post 64 hurt itself with four errors, which Westside took advantage of for three of its four runs.
Macary went 1-for-2 at the plate with a triple and Christian Cedeno picked up two RBI.
Post 64 (8-5-1 and 2-1 in pool play) plays Williston (N.D.) today and St. Mary’s HS (Colo.) Saturday.
2013 Decker Sports CWS Tournament
at Omaha Westside HS (Omaha, Neb.)
Pittsburg Post 64 6, Napoleon (Ohio) RiverBandits 5
NAP 010 220 0 — 5 9 2
P64 100 001 4 — 6 7 3
Zach Willeman, Blake Kuszmaul (7) and Joe Keween. Nick George, Cody Grilz (5) and Ryan Cedeno. WP: Grilz. LP: Willeman. E: Austin Hancock 2; Matt Standlee, N. George, V.J. Piccini. 2B: Josh Cales, Dylan Henricks. SH: Tanner Wyse. CS: Henricks.
Pittsburg Post 64 9, Putnam City North (Okla.) 0
PCN 000 00 — 0 2 1
P64 600 3X — 9 10 0
Christian Cedeno and Bryan Wade. WP: Cedeno. LP: Ramsey. E: Kuehn. 3B: James; Cody Grilz. 2B: Brett Macary. SB: Grilz, Colton Gilbert, Nick George, Wade. HBP: George 2.
Omaha Westside 4, Pittsburg Post 64 3
P64 101 001 0 — 3 5 4
OMW 000 110 2 — 4 8 1
WP: Meyers. LP: V.J. Piccini. E: Matt Standlee 2, Ryan Cedeno, Brett Macary; Meyers. 3B: Macary. SH: Colton Gilbert; Nemecek. SB: Nate Grimaldi; Biggs. CS: Novak.