Post 2 suffers weekend loss to Crawfordsville

Sunday, June 23, 2024

While the entirety of the Clay County Post 2 American Legion baseball team has stayed busy throughout the month of June through other sports or their respective jobs, it had been quite a while – a 26-day layoff for the Clay City players and a 16-day layoff for the Northview players – since they’d played a full seven-inning game.

Their stamina was put to the test over the last week as Post 2 played five games in a six-day stretch while also bracing the hot and humid temperatures, which was capped on Saturday afternoon at Crawfordsville against Post 72.

After splitting the first four games of the summer season and possessing a +7 run differential, things didn’t go quite as well for Clay County on Saturday.

Post 72 plated a single run in the first inning but batted around in the second, scoring nine runs, and then added five onto that in the third to down Post 2 by a score of 15-2 in five innings, dropping the team below the .500 mark for the first time this year.

Offensively, despite only scoring two runs, Clay County strung together enough competitive at bats to keep itself in the game for parts of the day as Wyatt Johnson, Trey Dayhoff, Zain Keller, Logan Stoelting and Dailon Keller each recorded at least one hit while Dayhoff and Brody Shaw were responsible for knocking in one run apiece.

However, in the early goings of the game, before the score got out of hand, the team had four runners get erased trying to either steal a base (1), trying to stretch a single into a double (1) or by getting picked off (2), leading to empty innings for the visitors. Despite that, Post 2 continued to show fight, scoring in each of the fourth and fifth innings, a significant sign of positivity that could carry over into Monday’s game at Wateska and then into next weekend’s two-day tournament at Princeton.

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