Sullivan Post 139 lost a pair of competitive games and were eliminated
in American Legion baseball's District 5 regional action at Terre
Haute North's Don Jennings Field on Saturday and Sunday.
Sullivan lost to eventual champion Crawfordsville 7-3 on Saturday in
the double elimination tournament, then fell 6-3 to host team Wayne
Newton Post 346 on Sunday.
Sullivan manager Tony Steimel had learned earlier Saturday that his
team would be short-handed for this weekend, with two players on
vacation and a third sidelined by an illness. But Post 139 was still
in position quite a while to be the undefeated team going into Sunday.
After a leadoff walk blossomed into a Crawfordsville run in the bottom
of the first inning, Sullivan took the lead in the top of the third
when Carson Jernigan got a hit, Ethan Burdette reached on a two-base
error that put runners on second and third and sacrifice flies by Eli
Steimel and Marcus Roshel gave Post 139 a brief lead.
Crawfordsville tied the score in the bottom of the inning when another
leadoff walk was followed by an infield out and two wild pitches. It
remained 2-2 until the top of the sixth, when Roshel walked, stole
second and third and scored when Peyton Yeryar beat out a two-out
But in the bottom of the sixth, Post 72 got five hits off Sullivan
pitcher Buddy Stone, four of them doubles, and put the game away.
"We did all right," Tony Steimel said. "Buddy didn't have his
curveball today . . . but give credit to their pitcher
(Crawfordsville's Landon Southern, who saved the first game and won
the second). He threw a great game. All we got was one bad-hop single
and an infield hit."
On Sunday, a two-run homer by Caleb Stultz in the top of the first
inning got Post 346 off to a good start against Sullivan and Gavin
Morris pitched a complete game for the Terre Haute team.
In a game that had just four earned runs — and nine combined errors —
Sullivan scored in the bottom of the first and then, after Post 346
scored again in the third, tied the score with single runs in the
fifth and sixth.
But Cade Moore led off the top of the seventh with a double and
continued to third when the relay throw was mishandled. Kline drove in
the go-ahead run with an infield hit and then a dropped fly ball and a
bunt single by Morris (with no Sullivan player covering first base)
continued the rally. The other two runs in the inning both scored on
wild pitches and Morris, who entered the seventh eight pitches away
from the limit of 105, got the last three outs in order.
"There were a lot of errors by both sides," Sullivan manager Tony
Steimel said afterward, "and we kind of fell apart in the seventh.
(Sullivan starter Eli [Steimel) and Gavin (Morris) both threw great
games, but we made mistakes at a time we shouldn't make 'em.
"The boys came back pretty good, and showed lots of poise coming back
to tie in the sixth," he continued. "We had a lot of young kids see
high-level pitching, and that's going to help [for the high school
season] next year."
Sullivan finished its season with a 9-10 record.
Sullivan 002 001 0 - 3 2 0
Crawfordsville 101 005 x —7 8 2
WP — Southern. LP — Stone.
Highlights -- For Crawfordsville, Austin Motz was 2 for 4 with a
double, Owen Gregg 1 for 3 with a double and 2 runs, winning pitcher
Landon Southern 1 for 2 with a double and 2 RBI, Zach Fichter 1 for 2
with 2 RBI and Matthew Harris 1 for 3 with a double. For Sullivan,
Carson Jernigan as 1 for 2 and Peyton Yeryar 1 for 3.
Post 346 201 000 3 — 6 9 4
Sullivan 100 011 0 — 3 5 5
WP — Morris. LP — Yeryar. HR — Stultz (Post 346).
Highlights — For Post 346, Cade Moore was 3 for 4 with a double and
two runs; Caleb Stultz 2 for 4 with a homer, three runs and two RBI;
Kade Kline 2 for 4; and winning pitcher Gavin Morris 2 for 4. For
Sullivan, Ethan Burdette scored two runs and Eli Steimel, Oscar Pegg,
Peyton Yeryar, Buddy Stone and Tyler Kellett all had singles.