The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 25, 2013

Joplin ousted from Double A Legion tournament

Zachary Ehlen shut out Joplin in 31⁄3 innings of relief Thursday as Blue Springs Post 499/Fike defeated Joplin 7-1 in the first round of the Double A American Legion State Tournament at Joe Becker Stadium.

Washington Post 218 allowed just one hit and eliminated Joplin 21-0 in a losers’ bracket game Thursday night. Shortstop Seth Bollmann was 4-for-4 with three runs batted in, and left fielder John Himmelberg was 3-for-4 with four RBI.

Ehlen, who started the game at shortstop, came in to pitch with two out in the second inning. He allowed three singles, walked none and struck out two.

Victor Schofield of Blue Springs struck out three of the six batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings.

“(Starter Trevor Fisher) is a freshman who didn’t pitch last week,” said Blue Springs head coach Stacy Messner. “He struggled with his command. Zach does a lot of middle relief for us. Victor has been our closer.”

Springfield Glendale, which defeated Washington 11-7, will play Ste. Genevieve at 1 p.m. today. Ste. Genevieve defeated Blue Springs 5-2. Blue Springs will face Washington at 3:30 p.m. today, then the Glendale-Ste. Genevieve loser will play the winner of Blue Springs-Washington at 6 p.m.

Defending champion Blue Springs (30-16) outhit Joplin 12-5, led by third baseman Andrew Olsen, who was 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Ehlen who was 2-for-5 and scored a run, and first baseman Jacob Krska was 2-for-3 and scored twice.

Blue Springs took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the second inning. After Olsen and first baseman Jacob Krska singled, Olsen scored on a wild pitch and Krska scored on designated hitter William Meyer’s sacrifice bunt.

“We had a difficult time with the squeeze bunt today,” said Joplin coach Jon Stark. “They played a small-ball game really well. Defensively they played extremely well. They gave us no opportunities today.”

Blue Springs, which scored three runs on sacrifice bunts, took a 1-0 first-inning lead on a squeeze bunt by Blake Roberts after back-to-back singles by Ehlen and Olsen.

Joplin tied the score in the bottom of the inning on a one-out, bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Tyler McGrew that scored Corey Ball, who led off the inning with a double to left field.

Joplin (18-15) drew two walks and had runners at first and third in the second inning when Ehlen came in to pitch and ended the threat with a groundout.

“We lost a couple of chances in the first two innings,” Stark said.

Meyer’s two-run double gave Blue Springs a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning, and Blue Springs added a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Blake Roberts.

In the seventh inning, Blue Springs added a run on a single by Kaleb Salmon, a wild pitch and a run-scoring squeeze bunt by Sawyer Warren.


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