Paola falls twice to Osawatomie


The old Shirelles song goes “Momma said there’d be days like this” and for the Paola American Legion Baseball team, those words were prophetic, as they dropped a pair of games to the Osawatomie Raiders on Tuesday, June 16, 2010 by scores of 11-1 and 6-0 at Russell Field in Paola’s Wallace Park.

This night got out of hand early, as the Raiders jumped to a 3-0 lead after the opening half inning, and even though Paola scored a run in the bottom of the first, they were never really in the game, as the Raiders tacked on two runs in the second, four in the fourth and three more in the fifth to run away with the 11-1 victory.

WLH0004 Conner Kresin took the mound to start the game for Paola and struggled through the first four and a third innings, giving up all 11 runs before being relieved by Matt Haefle who retied the final two batters in the top of the fifth.

The Raiders used a back to back singles leading off the game along with a walk and two hit batters to push across three runs in the top of the first inning. Paola came back with a run of their own in the home half of the first, as Matt Petelin led off with a double to right and scored on a two out single off the bat of Seth Kern. It would be the only run Paola would score on the night, and a close as they would come in the game.

The Raiders scored two runs in the top half of the second on three hits and a walk, all coming after two outs were recorded to open a 5-1 lead. In the top of the fourth, the Raiders added to their advantage, scoring three runs on a two run home run off the bat of Chance Sinclair and a two out single by Derrick Kueser, to take an 8-1 lead. Finally in the fifth, the Raiders strung together four hits and two walks to score three more runs to take the 11-1 victory.

Paola advanced runners to scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings, but each was stranded in the inning.

Game two did not go much better for Paola, as the Raiders were able to again come away with a victory, this time by a 6-0 shutout. The highlight of the game for Paola came in the first inning, when they were able to get through the inning and maintain a 0-0 tie. In the top of the second the Raiders pushed across two runs on back to back doubles by Seth Jones and Cody McNutt, who scored the Raiders second tally of the inning on a two out single by Drew Needham. The two runs were all the Raiders would need in the five inning, wood bat nightcap.

Paola made its most serious threat to score in the second, as Austin Dent singled to left to lead off the inning, and Jeremiah Daniels walked putting runners at first and second. Both moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt from Haefle. Joe Pomatto was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases, but a fly ball to right and a ground ball to first for an unassisted put out ended the Paola threat with three runners left on base.

If the game was not already out of reach, the Raiders took care of the suspense in the top of the third inning, as they pushed across three more runs on the strength of a walk to Brant Johnson, doubles by Daine Needham and Porter and a sacrifice bunt from Jones as well as a single from Tally and when the inning ended on a Drew Needham ground ball out, the Raiders led 5-0. Osawatomie tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fourth inning as Johnson hit a two out double and then, after a walk to Sinclair, scored on a double steal to make the score 6-0.

Paola got a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth, as Daniels laced a one out single and advanced to second on a passed ball, but was stranded there as Haefle hit a screamer to left field that was flagged down for the second out of the inning and Harris hit a line drive that was picked off by the short stop. In the bottom of the fifth, drew a two out walk, but the game ended with a strike out and the Raiders picked up the 6-0 shut-out victory.

Paola will get right back in the saddle so to speak as they will host Eudora on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Russell Field in Paola, first pitch for that doubleheader will be 6:00 p.m. with the second game taking place following the conclusion of the first game.

Paola and the Raiders will get another chance to play this weekend, as the legion team will head to Osawatomie to play in the Raiders Tournament at the Karl E. Cole Sports Complex. Paola will open the tournament in pool play with a noon game on Saturday, June 19, 2010 against Linn County and will follow that with a 4:00 p.m. game against the K.C. Blaze and then will get a rematch with the Raiders in the last game of the evening at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, Paola will play at 10:00 a.m. against the Lansing Cubs and then the top four teams will square off at 4:00 and 6:00 for the tournament championship games.