Kennett Post 491 Sweeps Two Game Series
In the first inning, Post 491 got their offense started right away. Jeremy Sauerbaum singled to right. Then Steve Thomas tripled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run. A Paoli error followed by a walked would score another. The four-run inning was capped off by a Grant Hineman single. The score was 4-0 after the first.
Paoli would scratch one run out in the top of the second. But, Post 491 starter Tim Kratz finished the inning strong. Kennett immediately answered with one of their own in bottom half. Alex Wisniewski lead off with a walk which was followed by another Sauerbaum single. Brennan Smith would then walk, and with two outs, Nate DeAngelo came through with a huge single scoring one. Post 491 held a 5-1 lead after two.
A few costly errors in the top of the third would hurt Kennett. Much the same as the night before, Paoli was able to battle back and tie the score at 5-5. But that wouldn’t last long. Owen Geiger got things going with a single in the bottom of the inning. Hineman followed it up with another single. A big Paoli error then allowed two runs to score, giving Kennett the lead back at 7-5.
Relievers Matt McCloskey and Seamus Smith-Walsh did a great job of stifling the Paoli offense. The score held at 7-5 until the bottom of the fifth. McCloskey led off with a walk. An error and a walk then loaded the bases. McCloskey took advantage of a passed ball and was able to steal home advancing the lead to 8-5 after five.
Post 491 was then able to blow the game open in the bottom half of the sixth. Sauerbaum, Thomas, and Smith all started the inning with a singles that scored two more. DeAngelo added another run with a sac fly. Nate Holt would cap the 4 run inning off with a single that scored another.
The 11-5 lead would be more than enough. Closer Thomas came in to finish things up. He was a little wild to start the inning, but a quality mound visit by pitching coach Ben Tabb calmed Thomas down. He would go on to recorded two strikeouts in the seventh to wrap up the game.
Tim Kratz started the game for Kennett and went two innings, allowing one run on zero hits and striking out two. McCloskey and Smith Walsh went the next 4 allowing 0 ER and striking out 5 combined. The staff only allowed 2 hits on the game.
Sauerbaum was a beast at the plate racking up 3 hits. Thomas scored 3 R and DeAngelo lead the team with 2 RBIs. In total, Post 491 tallied 11 hits.