VFW put up 15 runs in the third and fourth innings to push past Commerce Bank 18-3 Monday night in Don Gutteridge League action.

VFW put up 15 runs in the third and fourth innings to push past Commerce Bank 18-3 Monday night in Don Gutteridge League action.

VFW utilized a total team effort offensively — every one of the team’s 10 players reached base in the four-inning game, with nine of the 10 players scoring at least one run.

“We did a really nice job of getting the bat to the ball,” said VFW Coach Steve Angermayer. “We worked on trying to be patient in the count. You try to tell young hitters that you can still hit the baseball with two strikes.”

Just ask Joe Wimmer. Wimmer, who also pitched for VFW, faced a two-strike count at his second at-bat in the third inning when he pounded a pitch deep to left field. The ball bounced once and cleared the wall for a ground-rule double, scoring two runs.

“Their pitcher threw pretty hard, so you really just had to get a bat on it,” Wimmer said. “I thought it was too high to go out. I didn’t think it was anywhere near the wall.”

Wimmer also smashed a double in his next at-bat, in the fourth inning, plating two more runs. For the day, Wimmer was three for three with a walk and four RBI and four runs scored. Leonard Barton added a three-RBI triple. Riley Cunningham reached on each of his three times up, walking twice and getting hit by a pitch once. He scored three runs. Joe Kolarik also reached safely in his three plate appearances, walking all three times. He scored twice.

Defensively, VFW held Commerce to three runs, with Wimmer pitching a one-run game through three innings and Kolarik finishing the fourth.

“Both Joes did a bang up job tonight,” Angermayer said. “There’s probably a three-feet (height) difference between them, and a major change in velocity as well. That can be difficult to adjust to when you mix it up like that.”

Two of those three runs came in the fourth inning, with Commerce trailing 18-1.

“There’s no quit in these kids,” said Commerce Coach Brian Sutton. “We had our starting pitcher wear down a little bit, and our relievers came in and struggled to find the strike zone.

“Once we did find the strike zone, and strung a few hits together, it was too late,” Sutton said. “When you let a team get 10 runs in an inning like that, it’s tough to come back from, but the kids didn’t quit.”

VFW’s record moved to 6-4 with the victory. Commerce Bank fell to 1-9.

“We lost some games, but I think we’re starting to turn around,” Wimmer said. “I think we’re going to get back into winning.”

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134

Don Gutteridge League

Monday, June 29, 2009

VFW 18, Commerce 3

VFW        1210 5 — 18 10 3

Commerce    100    2 —    3 5 6

Joe Wimmer, Joe Kolarik (4) and Brent Koehn. Christian Smith, Adam Redd (3), Drew Gill (3) and Christian Sharp. WP — Wimmer. LP — Smith. LOB — VFW 4, Commerce 3. 2B — Wimmer (2); Tucker Hoffman. 3B — Leonard Barton, Koehn.