The Jefferson Post 164 Legion baseball team was like a sleepy worm on Wednesday.
It took Jefferson awhile to wake up, and when they finally did, all they could do was inch forward.
Post 164 was defeated by Stoughton, 9-5, in a Legion baseball game Wednesday night at Fischer Field in Jefferson.
Stoughton scored the first six runs of the game, including three in the first inning.
“Slow starts, that’s how we’ve been all year long,” said first-base coach Shane Wade. “You can’t win a lot of games like that.”
Stoughton scored three runs in the top of the first off starting Jefferson pitcher Tyler Danielson. After a scoreless bottom of the inning and zeros in the second, the Vikings added three more runs to their lead in the third.
Danielson was pulled with one out in the third in favor of Reese Fetherston
Down 6-0, Jefferson started to inch back.
Post 164 scored its first run in the bottom of the third thanks to a throwing error that scored Fetherston.
Fetherston was eventually driven in by Spencer Wade on a fielder’s choice.
After three straight outs in the top of the fourth, Jefferson continued to close the gap ever so slightly in the bottom of the inning.
Fetherston knocked in Haygen Miller with a shallow fly ball to center field.
It would be the only run of the inning.
It was one inch closer in the bottom of the fifth.
After a scoreless top of the fifth, Post 164 got a single run in the bottom.
Aaron Heine, who got on base with a triple, scored off a single from Wade.
The inning ended with runners on first and third.
“We had runners on first and second or second and third multiple times and couldn’t get them in,” said third-base coach Auston Salomaki.
Despite Jefferson’s chipping away, Stoughton sprinted ahead of Post 164 thanks to a three-run sixth.
“We come out slow and then they start getting hot, we run out of time and innings sometimes,” Wade said.
Jefferson scored one run in the bottom of the inning off a wild pitch.
Down 9-5 in the bottom of the seventh, things looked promising for Post 164.
Jefferson loaded up the bases with no outs, but a strikeout and double play ended the contest.
“We had opportunities to score more runs, we were just chipping away,” Wade said.
Fetherston and Tanner Pinnow led the Jefferson offense with three hits each. Wade collected a pair of hits and drove in two runs.
Quincy Wilharm pitched a quality inning for Jefferson, allowing no hits and striking out two batters in limited action.
Up next for Post 164 will be a game on Tuesday against Fort Atkinson at Jones Park at 7:30 p.m.