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  • Post 64 drops pair in showcase tournament

  • It was a pitcher's duel for most of the night at Jaycee Ballpark in the game between Pittsburg Post 64 and Natural Baseball Jones. Christian Cedeño and Matt Slauter went 5 scoreless innings, combining for one hit over the first 5 innings.

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  • It was a pitcher's duel for most of the night at Jaycee Ballpark in the game between Pittsburg Post 64 and Natural Baseball Jones. Christian Cedeño and Matt Slauter went 5 scoreless innings, combining for one hit over the first 5 innings.
    Slauter that blinked first, giving up a run in the sixth inning that allowed Post 64 to get the lead. But Natural Baseball Jones would get the last laugh, pouncing on Cedeño's relief for 5 runs in the bottom of the inning and would hold on for the 5-3 victory.
    “It was a very good game,” said Pittsburg Post 64 head coach Mike Watt. “We started up 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth. Both teams competed very well. We did a good job creating a run in the top of the sixth. We didn’t play perfect, but the game against a good team was close enough to win. We made mistakes at the wrong time, and every mistake will end up hurting you.”
    Both teams would have their chances with the starting pitchers, but neither was able to convert on their chances until late in the game.
    In the first inning, Post 64 had runners on first and second, but the third baseman turned a double play, grabbing a grounder and stepping on third before firing to first to end the inning. Slauter would finish the night with seven strikeouts (including striking out the side in the third), three runs, four hits and just two walks over seven innings.
    Cedeño seemed to walk a fine line all night, literally. He ended with seven walks on the night, but he stranded seven runners over the first five innings. In the second, with runners at first and third, he struck out a batter to end the inning.
    The worst trouble came in the fifth, when Cedeño walked three straight batters to load the bases with one out. However, he would battle out of the high-pressure situation with a strikeout and a ground-out to third base that ended the inning.
    “I thought both pitchers did well. Christian was not as sharp as usual, but he did very well anyway. Their kid did a great job of keeping us off balance by changing speeds,” Watt said.
    The top of the sixth saw Post 64 play small ball to perfection. Austin Kratz got on board with a walk before the bunt parade began for Post 64. The next three batters would bunt or effectively bunt, with an error and a sacrifice on the first two. The third was to the left of the mound, and the third baseman could not make the play before a run crossed home plate for Pittsburg. Slauter would right the ship by retiring the next two hitters.
    Luke Marquardt came on in relief for Cedeño in the bottom of the sixth, and that’s when the mistakes happened for Post 64. With runners at second and third, a ground ball to second base could not be held, and then a late throw to first was too high, allowing both runners to score and the batter, Billy Harrah, to be safe. Later in the inning, the bases would be loaded for Kaden Shaffer, a Fort Scott CC recruit from Ottawa. Shaffer would launch a double, scoring all three runners already on base. Marquardt would strike out the next batter to end the inning.
    Page 2 of 3 - “It’s a routine play,” Watt said about the error. “That’s the second out of the inning. The next guy was out, and we would have been tied at 1 out of the inning. If you give a good team too many chances, they’ll come back.”
    The best inning at the plate for Frontenac came in the seventh, with Brett Macary hitting an infield single, Cody Grilz getting a solid single of his own, and Ryan Cedeño hitting an RBI double to put two men on with no outs. But that would be the last non-out at-bat of the game, as a sacrifice flly, a groundout and a strikeout would close out the game.
    Pittsburg Post 64 will play again today at 9:30 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. in a doubleheader against the Arkansas Yard Dawgs at JayCee Ballpark.
    KC Bullets 6, Pittsburg Post 64 5
    Pittsburg Post 64 may be one of the home teams of the Pittsburg Legion/Fort Scott CC Classic, but in Post 64's first game Saturday night, it was the KC Bullets that stole the showcase.
    The Kansas City Bullets scored at least one run in the first four innings to take Pittsburg Post 64's first home game of the tournament away, 6-5.
    After the opening inning, every time the Bullets would score in the bottom half, Post 64 would match the score in the top half of the next inning.
    "I think probably the biggest difference is we left runners at second and third two or three innings in a row," said Post 64 head coach Mike Watt. "We had runners in scoring position, we just couldn't get the big hit to put us over the top. We were down 5-1 at one point, and we could have rolled over, but we battled back. We were in an opportunity to win, and that's all we could ask for."
    Up 2-1 in the third, the KC Bullets would start to break out with a one-out double by Isaiah Campbell. He would score on Tyler Lockler's single. After another single and a strikeout, Brady Newland would hit a two-run double to give the Bullets a 5-1 lead.
    Post 64 would narrow the gap in the next half-inning. Luke Marquardt would hit a two-run single, and the team would also get a run on a successful double steal.
    Cody Grilz came in to pitch for Post 64 after the Bullets' 3-run inning.
    After giving up walks in the fourth, Grilz would induce pop-outs to end the inning. The Bullets would go scoreless the rest of the game with Grilz on the mound.
    "Matt wasn't as sharp as he can be. Cody came in and wasn't as sharp as usual when he came in. He was really strong the last two innings, though. He gave us an opportunity, we just didn't get it done," Watt said.
    Page 3 of 3 - Pittsburg Legion/FSCC Classic
    JayCee Ballpark
    KC Bullets 6, Pittsburg Post 64 5
    P64 001 310 0 — 5
    KCB 113 100 x — 6
    Matt Standlee, Cody Grilz (4) and Bryan Wade. Cole Henley, Jaren Kutze (3 2/3), Nick Jones (6) and Avery Booth, Zach Macke (6) . WP:  Henley LP:  Standlee SB: Gilbert, Kratz, Marquardt. Landuyt. 2B: Cedeño. Lockler, Newland and Landuyt.
    Natural Baseball Jones 5, Pittsburg Post 64 3
    P64 000 001 2 — 3
    NBJ 000 005 x — 5
    Christian Cedeño, Luke Marquardt (6) and Ryan Cedeño. Matt Slauter and Zach Harris. WP: LP: SB: Burdette. Elliott, Henderson and Graf. 2B: R. Cedeño. Elliott and Shaffer.
     
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