Post 346 gets summer season going at Baseball Battles Cancer tournament

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The American Legion summer baseball season got underway last week – and then into the weekend – for Wayne Newton Post 346 with a standalone game against Danville Post 210 and a three-game set at the Baseball Battles Cancer tournament in Ballwin, Missouri, which was followed by another standalone game against Evansville Pate 265 on Tuesday.

In Missouri, Terre Haute took on a trio of teams from surrounding states – Illinois, Missouri and Maryland – in Alton Post 126, Ballwin Post 611 and Maryland Heights Post 213 on Friday and Saturday, and were scheduled to have at least one more game – with the chance to have much more than that – on Sunday in the win-or-go-home part of the tournament but inclement weather came through the Show Me State and axed most of the action for the final day.

Still, in the five games Post 346 has played to open the month of June, Northview’s representatives – infielders Caden Schrader and Jackson Pierce and outfielder Zac Buell – have seen a lot of time in the field and have made instant impacts upon their arrival.

Schrader has started all five games, manning the shortstop position for four while serving as the team’s designated hitter in one. At the plate, the senior standout has gone 5-for-17 (.294 batting average) with four runs scored, three runs driven in, two walks and three stolen bases. The hard-throwing right-hander made his pitching debut against Evansville Pate on Tuesday. Coming out of the bullpen, Schrader surrendered two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three in one inning of work.

Pierce has started all five games and manned the second base position in each, forming an all-Northview middle infield for Terre Haute. At the plate, the sophomore has gone 3-for-13 (.231 batting average) with four runs scored, three runs driven in, one walk, one hit by pitch and two stolen bases. The right-hander, who was a fixture in the Knights’ rotation this spring, relieved Schrader on Tuesday against Post 265. Pierce surrendered three runs – two earned – on two hits and two walks while striking out two batters in his 1.1 innings.

Buell has started three games and manned right field for Wayne Newton to open his American Legion career. At the plate, the junior has gone 1-for-8 (.125 batting average) with two runs scored, one walk and one stolen base.

Post 346 hosts the eighth annual John E. Hayes Best of the Midwest Invitational, a 14-team – Elsberry Post 226, Owensboro Post 9, West Terre Haute Post 501, Harrisburg Post 167, Kirkwood Post 156, Crawfordsville Post 72, Danville Post 210, Madison Post 9, Lancaster Post 11, Eureka Post 177, Princeton Post 25, Washington Post 218 and Lafayette Post 11 – event that spans Thursday-Sunday and will have games played at Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South, West Vigo and Rose Hulman.

Terre Haute, a member of Pool A along with Elsberry Post 226, Owensboro Post 9 and West Terre Haute Post 501, plays Thursday at noon (against Elsberry at Rose Hulman) and 7:30 p.m. (against Owensboro at Terre Haute North) and Friday at 7:30 p.m. (against West Terre Haute at Terre Haute North) before entering either the consolation bracket or championship bracket on Saturday and Sunday. The Times will have a full report in Tuesday’s paper, as well as online at thebraziltimes.com, regarding the outcome of the tournament and how the trio of Knights fared in the field, at the plate and on the mound.

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