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Post 5 Juniors roll to Sedalia Wood Bat Tournament title

June 20, 2022 at 12:07 a.m.

SEDALIA -- The Jefferson City American Legion Post 5 Juniors allowed just six runs in four games this weekend, cruising to a first-place finish Sunday morning in the Sedalia Post 642 Wood Bat Tournament with a 15-0 win in five innings against North Little Rock (Ark.) in the championship game at Liberty Park.

Drew Miller pitched a three-hit shutout in the title game for the Post 5 Juniors, striking out three and walking two.

Jefferson City scored nine runs in the top of the third inning en route to a run-rule victory.

Conner Bax and Easton Stuckenschneider each had three hits and three RBI for the Post 5 Juniors. Stuckenschneider had a two-run triple in the first inning, scoring Jefferson City's first runs, while Bax added a two-run double in the third.

Kase Winegar had three RBI, Lucas Bloomer finished with three hits and Myles Gresham and Zach Wieberg each added two hits in Jefferson City's 17-hit attack.

The Post 5 Juniors began pool play Friday with a 7-1 victory against 643 KC White. Five pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter in the win, as Gresham had five strikeouts in 1⅔ innings of relief and Trey Rice started on the mound for Jefferson City, striking out four batters in two innings.

Bax had two strikeouts and Ethan Toebben and Lucas Bloomer each struck out one batter.

Bloomer hit two triples and drove in two runs, while Stuckenschneider had a double and a triple. Colten Bryan finished with a single and a triple and Gresham and Bax each hit a pair of singles.

On Saturday, Jefferson City defeated Marshall 9-0 in five innings. Cody Pickett tossed a three-hitter for the Post 5 Juniors, striking out eight of the 16 batters he faced.

Wieberg was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBI, while Miller and Winegar each had three hits. Stuckenschneider had two hits and two RBI, Gresham had two hits and Bryan drove in two runs.

In Saturday's final pool-play game, Jefferson City edged Sedalia Post 642 for a 6-5 victory, rallying to score the tying run in the top of the sixth inning and the go-ahead run in the seventh.

Bax scored on a passed ball in the sixth to tie the game at 5. Winegar hit a leadoff single in the seventh and scored on Jacob Tellman's double to give the Post 5 Juniors the lead.

Stuckenschneider had three of Jefferson City's 12 hits, while Gresham and Bax each had two hits.

Tellman was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and walking two in four innings of scoreless relief. Bryan struck out two batters in the seventh to earn the save.

The Post 5 Juniors have a 9-4 record this summer following the tournament title.

III

The Post 5 Juniors Auxiliary team took third place in the Sedalia Wood Bat Tournament, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Sedalia Post 642 by a score of 8-0 in five innings in Sunday's third-place game.

Kristopher Haley pitched a two-hit shutout for Jefferson City, striking out six and walking two.

Drew Hart hit a two-run triple to highlight the Post 5 Juniors' big fifth inning. Graham Boeckmann added an RBI groundout.

Collin Kruger had two of Jefferson City's seven hits, both singles.

The Post 5 Juniors Auxiliary team went 2-1 in pool play, winning 9-6 against Lee's Summit Post 189 and 12-4 against 643 KC Grey on Friday.

Ty Kiesling had three of Jefferson City's eight hits against Lee's Summit and also drove in two runs.

Sam Struemph pitched the first five innings, posting one strikeout in the win.

A five-run second inning propelled Jefferson City past 643 KC Grey, as Owen Schellman drove in three runs and Hayden Schlup and Ryan Lepper each had two hits.

Hart started on the mound, striking out seven batters in 4⅓ innings in the win.

Jefferson City's only loss came in Saturday's final pool-play game, a 3-1 defeat to tournament runner-up North Little Rock (Ark.).

Lepper had two of Post 5's four hits. He also pitched 5⅔ innings, striking out six in a losing effort.

The Post 5 Juniors Auxiliary team went 3-1 in the tournament, improving its season record to 7-5.

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