The Lee’s Summit Post 189 Pirates had a rough time in the Fike 499 American Legion Woodbat Tournament July 10-14 in Blue Springs.
The Pirates went 0-4 in pool play.
“We got beat badly in one game, but we played most of our games close,” Pirates manager Matt Carpenter said. “The first game and the last game were pretty unbalanced. The rest of the games were pretty close.”
Lee’s Summit was blanked by Post 226 8-0 in the first pool play game July 10 at Hidden Valley Park. Post 226 scored four runs by the top of the third inning and sealed the victory with four more in the top of the fifth inning.
Connor Claxton and Cole Putthoff both had one hit.
Blanton Spaar pitched for 4 1/3 innings with three strikeouts.
In the second pool game later that day, the Vikings slipped past the Pirates 9-8.
Lee’s Summit had a 7-0 lead going into the top of the third inning. But the Vikings came roaring back with two runs in the top of the third, one run in both the top of the fourth and fifth innings and three runs in the top of the sixth to tie up the score 7-7.
The Vikings put in two more runs in the top of the seventh to the Pirates’ one run to capture the win.
Spaar had two hits and one walk. Claxton had two walks and Putthoff had two walks and one RBI. Jackson McIntosh also had one RBI.
McIntosh pitched for 4 1/3 innings. Austin Buhr threw for 2 innings with three strikeouts.
The Pirates lost another close game July 11 at Blue Springs with a 5-3 loss to Rod’s A’s. Lee’s Summit led 3-1 through the fourth inning, but Rod’s A’s put in four runs in the bottom of the fifth two win the game.
Travis Simonin had three hits and Claxton had one RBI. Jacob Stadler threw for 4 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.
Post 218 battered past the Pirates 16-7 in the final pool play game July 12 at Hidden Valley Park.
Post 218 had a 6-4 lead by the end of the fourth inning, but the Pirates closed the game to 8-7 going into the top of the sixth. Post 218 scored two more runs in the top of the sixth and six more in the seventh for the victory.
Simonin had two walks. Claxton and Nick Howe had one walk each. Nathan Fry had three RBIs and Buhr added two RBIs. Buhr had a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.
Tanner Glasper pitched for six innings with three strikeouts.
The Pirates, 22-18, are seeded second in the district tournament starting Friday at Independence Sports Complex.
“It’s been a funny season,” Carpenter said. “...We haven’t been able to put a winning streak together. We avoided losing streaks, except for losing a few games in a row at the Wood Bat. It’s been win one, lose won. We have played everybody well, with the exception of the Outlaws.”
Their rival the Post 189 Outlaws are seeded number one in districts had have beaten the Pirates four times this season.
“I think we thought we would be a little better than this, but we still have a chance to win districts,” Carpenter said.