Last year, the Joplin Miners took 3 of 5 games from Pittsburg Post 64.

Last year, the Joplin Miners took 3 of 5 games from Pittsburg Post 64.
Already this season, Post 64 has exacted some revenge, by way of beating the Miners in the 2009 Pittsburg Wood Bat Tournament and by sweeping Joplin, 8-0 and 2-0 late Wednesday night at JayCee Ballpark. And, they did it by holding the Miners to just four hits over the twinbill.
But, for Post 64 head coach Mike Watt, it was just good to get in some field time after coming back from their five games at the 209 Decker Sports College World Series tournament in Omaha last week.
“It is just good to get back on the field and play some baseball,” Watt said. “It was just two very competitive games.”
In the first game, Pittsburg was slow to come out of the gate, only holding a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.
“We had some kids that were a little wore out from the Omaha trip and their pitching did a good job of keeping us off-balance,” Watt said.
However, they were able to break the game open in the inning after Winston Slavens led off with a single and Nick Whetzell reached on an error.
From there, Stu Jeck singled home Slavens and Kenny Wachter hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Whetzell. Jesse Watt continued the scoring with a double just inside the first base line that scored Jeck and put Post 64 up 4-0.
That was just enough for Brandon Spear, who continued his strong summer by pitching a complete-game three-hitter. In the process Spear notched six strikeouts and had just one walk.
“It was a good inning and broke the game open,” Mike Watt said. “Brandon [Spear] came out and dominated and it was good to see us break the game open for him.”
Post 64 shut the door on Joplin in the bottom of the fifth with four more runs.
In the game, Pittsburg tallied eight runs on 13 hits.
“It is always easier to play when you are out front and we became a little more patient at the plate,” Mike Watt said. “The hitters did a good job to close out the game.”
Riverton product Kaleb Clark started the second game and went three innings, giving up no hits and striking out four as Pittsburg scored their two runs in the bottom of the first and held the Miners scoreless over five innings.
“Both teams just played well.” Mike Watt said. “It could have gone seven innings and stayed 2-0.”
In addition to Clark, Jordan Elliott and Aaron Snow combined to throw a one-hitter in the nightcap.
Pittsburg is now 10-2 and will play host to the Neosho Nighthawks for a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Monday at JayCee Ballpark.

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American Legion baseball
at JayCee Ballpark
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Game one
Pittsburg Post 64 8, Joplin Miners 0
Joplin    000 00 — 0 3 3
Post 64    010 34 — 8 13 0
Brandon Spear and Kenny Wachter. Austin Metts, John McDermett and Drew Douthit. WP — Spear. LP — Metts. LOB — Pittsburg 9, Joplin 2. 2B — Wachter, Jesse Watt, Stu Jeck.
Game two
Pittsburg Post 64 2, Joplin Miners 0
Joplin    000 00 — 0 1 1
Post 64    200 00 — 2 3 0
Kaleb Clark, Jordan Elliott (4), Aaron Snow (5) and Nick Whetzell. Steven Paden and Drew Douthit. WP — Clark. LP — Paden. LOB — Pittsburg 2, Joplin 3. 2B — Taylor Bird.