Cape Girardeau Senior Legion bounces back, beats Ste. Genevieve to stave off elimination in zone tourney

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Cape Girardeau Ford and Sons Post 63's Garrett Siebert, right, high fives Noah Arnzen after scoring against Ste. Genevieve Post 150 in the Senior Legion Zone 4 Tournament on Thursday at Whitey Herzog Field in Jackson.
Andrew J. Whitaker

Cape Girardeau Ford and Sons Post 63 Senior Legion baseball needed some answers after a dud of an opening game in the Zone 4 Tournament on Wednesday.

Thursday, it made the necessary adjustments.

Post 63 broke a tie in the fourth inning and held on the rest of the way to get past Ste. Genevieve 11-6 in an elimination game at Whitey Herzog Field in Jackson, Missouri.

Cape knocked 16 hits and got a much-needed eight-inning performance from starting pitcher Austin Dill to reverse its fortunes after a devastating first-round defeat just 24 hours earlier.

"They were great. Their attitudes and the adjustments they made from yesterday were outstanding," Cape coach Josh Meyer said. "That gave us a lift early and that's what we carried throughout the game."

Cape Girardeau Post 63 Austin Dill delivers a pitch during Legion Zone tournament between Cape Girardeau Post 63 and Ste. Genevieve Post 150 Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Herzog Field in Jackson. Cape Girardeau won 11-6.
Andrew J. Whitaker

The victory sets up an elimination game between Cape and Eureka today at 4 p.m. The winner of that contest will turn around and play again at 7 p.m.

"We're playing with house money now," Meyer said. "We're in the back of the bracket, and our kids kind of relish in that. Today they relaxed a little bit and relished in that. That's where we are again."

Ste. Genevieve's stint in the tournament is over after losing its first two games.

Post 63 (22-11) swung the bats from the get-go, with an aggressive approach leading to a 2-0 lead after two innings.

Post 150 (20-11) tied things in the top of the fourth, but Dill found a way to bounce back each time he encountered trouble, and Cape's bats kept hitting.

"We've been successful for most of the summer at the plate," Meyer said. "We like to think yesterday was more the anomaly than today. But, again, you've just got to tip your hat to what [the pitcher] did yesterday. Today we came out and put together some good at-bats."

Trevor Haas went 3-for-5 with a run scored and one driven in for Post 63, Joe Baker was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in and a pair scored, and Sam Dirnberger went 2-for-4 and scored three times.

Seven Cape players had multiple hits in the game.

Starting pitcher Chris Loida took the loss for Ste. Genevieve, giving up 10 runs -- seven earned -- on 11 hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.

Reliever Kaden Bauman handled the final 3 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Dill's final line for Cape saw him go eight innings, giving up four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

"Gutsy. I think that's the word, and that's just Austin Dill all the time -- he's a gutsy kid," Meyer said. "And we had to have it, because we're in a position now where we've got to watch our pitchers and save some as we go. We had to have a good, long outing from Dill, and he gave us that today."

Baker pitched the final inning, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on one hit with a strikeout and a walk.

Cape struck first when it took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Haas got things started with a two-out, run-scoring double to center field, driving in Garrett Siebert.

Post 63 tacked on another run in the second inning, with Baker knocking a leadoff single, stealing second, moving up on a Dirnberger base hit and then scoring on a ground out by Cooper Crosnoe.

Ste. Genevieve Post 150's Cole Wood attempts to tag out Cape Girardeau Post 63's Ben Womack during Legion Zone tournament between Cape Girardeau Post 63 and Ste. Genevieve Post 150 Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Herzog Field in Jackson. Cape Girardeau won 11-6.
Andrew J. Whitaker

After working smoothly through the first 3 2/3 innings, Dill ran into some trouble in the fourth, as he gave up four consecutive hits -- the first hits of the game for Post 150 -- with two outs, including a double to Drew Toombs.

Derek Margenthaler and Bauman added RBI hits as Ste. Genevieve tied things at 2-2.

Post 63 responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Ben Womack singled and later scored on a close call at home on a fielder's choice. The umpire's call drew the ire of the Ste. Genevieve coach, but vaulted Cape back into the lead.

Noah Arnzen and Siebert then hit RBI singles with one out to take a 5-2 advantage.

Post 63 added on to that in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a pair of two-out errors, a passed ball and a run-scoring base hit by Crosnoe, making the score 7-2.

Post 150 cut into the deficit in the top of the sixth, with a two-out, two-run double by Tyler Blum to slice the gap to 7-4.

That didn't last long, as Cape compiled four runs on a pair of errors and five hits -- including a one-out, two-RBI double by Baker -- in the bottom of the sixth to extend its cushion out to 11-4.

Cole Wood got a one-out double for Ste. Genevieve in the top of the ninth, and a hit batter and a walk kept hopes alive for Post 150, which scored on a fielder's choice and then on an error. But Baker closed things outs with a swinging strikeout to seal an 11-6 win and ensure another day of action for Cape.

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WP -- Austin Dill. LP -- Chris Loida. 2B -- Tyler Blum (SG), Kaden Bauman (SG), Cole Wood (SG), Drew Toomis (SG), Trevor Haas (C). Multiple hits -- Ste. Genevieve: Bauman 2-5, Blum 2-3; Cape: Cooper Crosnoe 2-6, Garrett Siebert 2-5, Haas 3-5, Joe Baker 2-5, Ben Womack 2-5, Sam Dirnberger 2-4, Brendan Wilkens 2-4.

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