Things aren’t always what they seem — especially in baseball.
While Chanute Post 170 AAA had an end result in what seemed to be an 11-3 thrashing over Ottawa Sr. Legion AAA Monday night at Katy Park — an evening that could of potentially turned into a dank, dreary night with the dark clouds moving in — the senior bunch had to work extremely hard to even put themselves in position to come out on top, namely six runs in the eighth in the nine-inning matchup.
And those who were able to assist Post 170 AAA to triumph had to augment their efforts precipitously. Cade Addis was 2-for-5 with three RBI, while Alex Krumm hit 3-for-3, extending his hit streak to three games. Taylor Lassman went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and he, too, extended his hit streak to three games; as a unit the club hit 11 times, tied for the second most hits accumulated all season.
The other two games Chanute hit 11 times was ironically a game versus Ottawa back on June 10, and the other occasion the senior group hit the same amount was against Columbus on June 7. To date, the most hits Chanute tallied for the year was a game versus Burlington on June 6, when they mustered up 12.
Tossing on the rubber was starting pitcher Peyton Beck (1-0), who struck out three, walked two and allowed one earned run in seven innings. Relieving pitcher Matthew Vail, meanwhile, struck out two and didn’t walk anyone in two innings.
Post 170 AAA coach Mike Cooper said things went well after a seven-day layoff.
“Coming off of last weekend, I was impressed all the way around the board,” Cooper said after his team shook hands with Ottawa. “We wanted to see how these guys rebounded; we had a week off — chance to charge the batteries. They did great. The offense was great. They hit the ball well. The pitching was great. Defense was pretty good. Our outfielders got a pretty good workout tonight. Ottawa is a really good hitting team, they put the ball in play.”
Aside from a Lassman double to left field that brought in Beck in the top of the first, Ottawa had the lead the majority of the time through five.
But after chipping away at a 3-1 Ottawa lead thanks to Addis’s sacrifice fly to center field to bring in Chet Linn in the bottom of the fifth and Mason Manbeck scoring from a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth, Chanute finally eviscerated the 3-3 tie.
It started with a Linn sac bunt — and help from an errant throw to third base by Ottawa pitcher Wayne Laurie — which allowed both Krumm and Vail to cross the plate and make the score 5-3.
“It was a crucial point in the game; we were down many runs and when you put the ball in play like that, and then they error, it changes the game, changes the intensity — it changes things,” Linn said following the game.
Chanute wouldn’t look back from here, scoring eight runs in the eighth inning. The inning was highlighted by Kam Koester’s single to center field to bring in Manbeck — the inning’s first run — and Addis’ high-fly double to center field to score Jaden Costin and Beck — the inning’s last runs.
Some preeminent defensive plays on the Chanute side included a circus catch by Krumm in left field in the top of the fourth, when he ran full speed to his left several feet to lunge and execute the grab, which was a pop out by Ottawa’s Brett Hadl.
Another, catcher Addis induced a crucial out in the top of the sixth after throwing out on a dime Ottawa would-be-second-base stealer Michael Hull; second baseman Costin completed the tag on Hull, who was out by a mile due to Addis’ perfect throw.
Ottawa’s Laurie was 3-for-4, while Hadl hit 2-for-4; the unit hit a total of 13 times. Ottawa used six pitchers, including Hadl who struck out one, walked two and allowed one earned run in 3 1/3 innings. As a pitching staff Ottawa gave up four earned runs.
Up next, Chanute (12-9) will try to win their second in a row when they play today, 6 pm versus Fort Scott in Fort Scott.