Pierce, Schrader pick up wins; Buell returns to Post 346 lineup

Sunday, June 23, 2024

After finishing as the John E. Hayes Best of the Midwest Invitational runner ups last weekend, Terre Haute Post 346 got right back to it on Tuesday against Princeton Post 25.

It was Northview sophomore Jackson Pierce that got the ball as the starting pitcher, and the right-hander delivered one of his best outings of the year. Pierce threw a complete game shutout, surrendering four hits and one walk while striking out three batters, to help Wayne Newton pick up the 1-0 win.

Post 346, after taking a couple of days off, continued its trek through the American Legion regular season over the weekend. Playing Alton Post 126 and Rockport Post 254 for a pair of games held at Terre Haute North High School on Saturday and Sunday, the Northview representatives contributed in big ways.

Pierce, playing third base and second base, went 6-for-11 (.545 batting average) at the plate while scoring three runs and knocking in four runs. The infielder recorded a double and a triple and drew a pair of walks while also getting hit by one pitch. Pierce made his second pitching appearance of the week, doubling his total through the first 11 games of the summer season, on Sunday afternoon against Rockport. The righty surrendered three runs – two earned – on three hits while walking none and striking out one over his 2.2 innings, and in doing so secured his second win in as many chances.

Caden Schrader, manning second base and shortstop, went 5-for-11 (.454 batting average) at the plate while scoring two runs and knocking in one run. The middle infielder recorded a pair of doubles and drew a pair of walks while also getting plunked by one pitch and stealing three bases. Schrader also made an appearance out of the bullpen for Post 346 over the weekend. The hard-throwing right-hander surrendered two runs – one earned – on three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters over his three innings of work to pick up the win.

Zac Buell, returning to the lineup after missing eight games due to a wrist injury, played in three of the four games, all of which came as the team’s left fielder. At the plate, the right-handed-hitting outfielder went 1-for-10 (.100 batting average) while scoring one run and driving in another. Buell also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.

Post 346 returns to the diamond on Tuesday against Danville Post 210 and then makes the trip to Vincennes University on Wednesday for a matchup against Newburgh Post 44. After that, Wayne Newton will take part in the Leo Brenner Tournament in Moline, Illinois on Friday-Sunday.

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