Legion splits twinbill with Eudora


The Paola American Legion Baseball team traveled to Eudora on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 and came away with a double header split with the home team, dropping the first game 4-2 and picking up a 12-1 win in the second game.

Paola actually led the game one after four innings of play by a 1-0 score despite having no hits. The Legion got their first base runner in the first inning, as Matt Dickey reached base by being hit by a pitch with one out. He moved to second on a passed ball, but was stranded there as Seth Kern and Conner Kresin each struck out to end the inning.

WLH0151 It was a one-two-three inning for Paola in the second, but the Legion cracked the scoreboard in the third, again without the benefit of a hit. Taylor Harris led off with a strike out, but Tanner Staats drew a walk and moved to second base on a walk to James Young. Both runners advanced on a double steal, and Staats scored on a 6-3 ground out for the second out of the inning. Dickey ended the inning with a ground ball to third and Paola had the advantage at 1-0.

Paola picked up their first hit of the game and their second run in the top of the fifth inning, as Staats laced a one out double to right field and moved to third on a stolen base and scored on a sacrifice bunt from Young. The Legion picked up their second hit of the game in the sixth on a lead off single from Dickey but three straight fly balls to the outfield by Matt Haefele, Conner Kresin and Jack Pursley left him stranded at first base.

Eudora was not exactly bashing the ball around the ball park in the first five innings either, as they picked up a couple of hits in the first two innings, but were unable to push any runs across, that is until they scratched out three runs in the bottom of the fifth to erase the 2-0 Paola lead and grab a 3-2 advantage. Eudora used two hits, a walk and a Paola error to take the lead for good. In the bottom of the sixth, Eudora pushed across an insurance run, as they got a one out triple by Nick Mills who then scored on a balk to make the score 4-2 which was the final score.

The Paola bats were blazing in the second game, as after both sides were retired in the the first, the Legion broke through for three runs in the second and then scored seven times in the third to break the game wide open.

In the second, Pursley led off by being hit by a pitch, but was thrown out on a fielders choice as Staats reached first on a bunt. Staats stole second base and scored on a single by Joe Pomatto giving Paola a 1-0 lead. Young walked after Schneider struck out for the second out of the inning and scored, along with Pomatto on a double by Haefele. Petelin drew a two out walk, but Haefele was thrown out at home on a squeeze play attempt for the third out of the inning, leaving the score 3-0 in favor of Paola. Eudora came back to score a run in the bottom of the second making the score 3-1.

The big inning of the game came in the third as Paola put seven runs on the board to seal the victory. Dickey led off with a fly ball to right field, but then the flood gates opened, as Kern singled to right, stole second and went to third on a single by Kresin, who also stole second giving Paola two runners in scoring position with one out. After a strike out gave Paola two outs, Staats reached safely on an error, scoring Kern. Kresin and Staats scored on a single by Pomato and Paola had a 6-1 lead.

The inning continued with a single from Schneider, and a walk to Young to load the bases. Haefele walked in a run as did Petelin which made the score 8-1, Dickey followed with a single scoring Young and Haefele making the score 10-1 before Kern walked and Kresin grounded out to short to end the inning.

Paola ended the game in the top of the fourth as they pushed across two more runs to make the score 12-1. Paola used a hit, an error, two walks and a hit batter to score their final two runs.

Paola falls to Fort Scott in lightening shortened game

The Paola American Legion team played an abbreviated three inning game against Fort Scott on Wednesday night, June 23, 2010. The teams were scheduled to play a double header in Fort Scott on Thursday, June 24, but the teams moved the games up a day due to scheduling conflicts.

The teams ran into weather problems on Wednesday and several stoppages of play due to lightning forced the game to be called after three innings of play in the first game with Fort Scott leading 6-0.

Since the originally scheduled games were moved already, Paola head coach Curtis Murdock agreed to give the victory to Fort Scott after three innings of play, calling it an official game, and not rescheduling the second game.