Camdenton takes game one 6-4, but the Warriors rebound to take the late game 10-2
CAMDENTON — The American Legion baseball teams from Camdenton Post No. 624 and St. Robert Post No. 331 played a doubleheader at Camdenton on Tuesday, June 24. The Waynesville Warriors and Camdenton split the games, with Camdenton taking the first and Waynesville winning the late game.
Waynesville's Seth Hedrick got Post No. 331 started out right with a lead-off double in the top of the first. Hedrick then took third base on a wild pitch by Camdenton's Michael Delmotte. Derek Wood of Waynesville then tripled to drive in Starks and give Post No. 331 a 1-0 lead. Delmotte then walked the next two Warrior batters, but fortunately the defense behind him was able to throw both of those baserunners out in attempts to steal second base, and a ground ball out got Delmotte out of the first.
The bottom of the first, entire second inning and the top of the third all went by without much noise. The bottom of the third showed some promise for Camdenton, though, as Brogun Betta got a one-out single and was moved over on a groundout by Delmotte.
Oliver Thompson came up with a big two-out double to tie the game, but that was just the beginning of the two-out rally for Post No. 624 in the inning. Bradi Kempf and Bryan Hoffman both worked walks to load the bases, then a bases-clearing triple by Haiden Randall kept the at-bat going.
Waynesville helped Camdenton out by misplaying a fly ball in right field that allowed Post No. 624's Parker Stidham to reach second base and Randall to score. When Post No. 331 got the final, out they were down 5-1.
Waynesville was able to get two runs in the top of the fifth. Jacob Saylor led off with a single and then Hedrick was hit by a pitch to move Saylor to second base. Wood got a single to load the bases and Post No. 331 had the tying run at the plate with nobody out. Trey Simpson hit a sacrifice fly into right field that scored Saylor and Ryan Pendleton did the same in the next plate appearance to score Hedrick. Delmotte was able to get a strikeout and preserve the lead at 5-3.
The Warriors added a run in the top of the sixth on a Saylor double, but Camdenton answered with its own run in the bottom half of that inning to make the final score 6-4. The teams took a break and adjusted their lineups as the sun retreated.
"It certainly wasn't perfect and made some mistakes but that's what we are here for. We try to do some good things and work on it everyday. They made some mistakes and gave us some opportunities. That's what good baseball teams do. They take advantage of opportunities when they are presented," Camdenton head coach Matt Moulder commented.
In the second game, Saylor again led off with a hit and followed it by stealing second. Wood drove Saylor in with a double and was then sent home by Pendleton's single. Caleb Rowden got a single one batter later that scored Pendleton, allowing Post No. 331 to take a 3-0 lead into the dugout.
The next nine outs were recorded quietly, until Waynesville blew the game open in the top of the third. A lead-off single and stolen base by Pendelton allowed Derek Emperato to move him over with a sacrifice bunt. Rowden got a single and stole second to give Post No. 331 another runner in scoring position. Back-to-back free passes issued by Betta loaded the bases with one out for the Warriors. Saylor then scored Rowden and Jacob Woodward with a double. Wood doubled to plate Hedrick and Saylor. A batter later, Cam'ren Starks got a hit to drive Wood home. In Pendleton's second at-bat of the inning he got another RBI single but Woodward was thrown out trying to take third base to end the inning.
Camdenton went to work in the bottom of the fourth facing a 9-0 hole and responded well. Stidham hit a double that scored Thompson, who was awarded first base after being hit by a pitch. A batter later, Conner Loge knocked in Stidham. That was all Post No. 624 could muster for that at-bat.
In the top of the fifth, Waynesville used back-to-back singles by Saylor and Hedrick followed by a Wood double to push their run total to 10. Pendleton finished up the game by shutting out Camdenton in the bottom of the fifth and the game ended there at 10-2.
"In the second game we definitely capitalized on all of our opportunities that we had with runners in scoring position. The first game, the difference in that game was a couple things. They beat us in that game because they executed. I think in the first three innings we got multiple guys in scoring position but we couldn't executed. The other thing is they made routine plays and we didn't. We had about three balls in the outfield that should have been caught. I was just telling the guys, they scored a total of eight runs tonight and of those eight, seven of them came in just two innings and five of them came with two outs. If we can learn to stop those crooked numbers that would be huge," Post No. 331 coach Scott Turner said.