PITTSBURG – After a little more than an hour’s drive to Pittsburg, Chanute Post 170 AAA ended up split with Pittsburg Post 64 on Tuesday evening.
Chanute lost Game 1 5-0, but won Game 2 6-3.
A pitcher’s duel lasted until the bottom of the fifth in Game 1, when Pittsburg was only up 1-0.
For Game 2, though, Chanute’s senior Legion team scored five runs in the top of the third and their last run was produced in the top of the fifth.
The drive back to Chanute was all smiles after the team’s fourth win of the year.
Pittsburg 5, Chanute 0
It took a full game for Chanute to get back in the full swing of things after the 59-mile or so drive to Pittsburg.
Still, pitchers were locked in late in the game. With a 1-0 lead for Pittsburg, the bottom of the fifth is when things went haywire for the local senior American Legion baseball team; two singles and a double led to a frenetic pace of runs and a 5-0 shutout for Pittsburg.
Starting pitcher Mason Manbeck walked two and gave up four earned runs in five innings. Relieving pitcher Matthew Vail didn’t give up any earned runs or walks in an inning. Hitting-wise for Chanute, shortstop Brycen Ellis was 2-for-3, while catcher Cade Addis and center fielder Adam Albertini, were both 1-for-3.
Addis said his approach is always the same.
“My approach was just to be calm, swing at good pitches and drive the ball,” Addis commented.
Pittsburg’s Timothy Cashero was 1-for-3 and Timothy Jayhay had the game’s first RBI after grounding out to Chanute’s shortstop, Ellis.
Chanute 6, Pittsburg 3
The kinks were worked out in Game 2 for Chanute Post 170 AAA after a sprawling pile of memories in the first contest.
Chanute scored the game’s first five runs in the top of the second and top of the third innings en route to a 6-3 win in Game 2 on the road.
Second baseman Jaden Costin was 2-for-3, while pitcher Kam Koester was 3-for-3 with two RBI, and utility player Vail had two RBI, too. Holding the fort on the mound was starting pitcher Koester, who struck out two, walked three and allowed three earned runs in five innings of work.
Vail put Chanute on the board first in the top of the second after his groundout on the shortstop side, scoring utility player Chet Linn.
The top of the third was when a lot of the damage was done. Albertini grounded out, scoring left fielder Alex Krumm. Two batters later, Koester singled with a line drive to center field, allowing Costin to score. And the last run of the inning, just a batter later, came from Vail, who grounded out but brought in Addis to notch the score at 5-0.
Cashero, who was 2-for-2 with an RBI in the game, produced Pittsburg’s first run after an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the fourth. A catcher’s interference and a passed ball enabled the implacable foe to score two more runs; the score at this point was 5-3.
Addis scored the game’s last run in the top of the fifth after a wild pitch.
“Yeah, we were extremely happy getting a win against a quality opponent like that,” head coach Mike Cooper said. “It was good to put some runs on the board considering we got shut out the first game.”
Chanute (4-6) will next play Columbus 6 pm in Chanute on June 18. The Paul Lindblad tourney has been cancelled, Cooper said.