No matter who Post 164 threw out on the mound Monday, Milton couldn’t figure them out.
Three different pitchers combined to give up just four hits as the Jefferson Post 164 baseball team defeated Milton, 9-2, Monday night at Milton High School.
Logan Wagner started the game for Post 164, throwing three-hitless innings. Jake Ball came in to pitch three strong innings and Quincy Wilharm closed the game out with a shutout seventh.
“We have great depth,” said Wagner, who struck out five batters. “We can just warm a guy up and he’s ready to go and he can take you a long way.”
“We threw strikes today, that was the key thing,” Post 164 third base coach Shane Wade said. “We didn’t walk a ton of guys.”
Despite the strong showing on the mound for Jefferson, the game started off a bit shaky for Wagner.
Milton looked primed to score early with runners on second and third with one out. But Wagner battled back, pitching into an out and then striking out the next batter to end the inning.
“I was just trying to locate my fastball, I couldn’t early,” said Wagner, who walked two batters in the first inning. “I tried to slow down, calm myself down up there.”
Both teams retired the side in order in the third, Jefferson finally got on the board in the third.
Reese Fetherston scored the first run of the game and then Aaron Heine scored off a wild pitch. Wilharm singled in the third run of the inning with a single and Ball followed up with an RBI single to make it 4-0.
“We just hit the ball, put in play, timely hitting,” Wade said regarding the fourth-inning breakthrough. “Once they get going they always seem to be okay.”
Heine collected an RBI off a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth to extend the lead to 5-0.
Post 164 continued to build on their lead with a two-out rally in the sixth. Haygen Miller jogged in a run after he drew a bases-loaded walk. Fetherston singled in another run and with the bases still loaded, Wagner doubled in two more runs to make it 9-0.
All four of the team’s runs in the inning came with two-outs.
Jefferson gave up its only runs in the top of the sixth inning.
“Everyone played well, we brought some younger guys up, but everybody played well,” Wade said.