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American Legion teams end successful summer seasons

By on August 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Pictured, Valmeyer third baseman Dustin Crawford elevates to make a throw across the diamond during Friday’s win over Carrier Mills in the Fifth Division Tournament. For more photos from the game, click here. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Local American Legion baseball teams recently ended their seasons in the playoffs, with the Valmeyer Junior Legion squad advancing the farthest.

The Post 901 juniors hosted the Fifth Division Tournament at Borsch Park this past weekend, going 1-2 to complete their season with a record of 17-10.

Valmeyer defeated Carrier Mills, 12-2, to open tourney play on Friday. Gibson Sippel pitched a complete game, striking out four and walking four. Post 901 only had seven hits but took advantage of nine walks and a hit batsman. 

Dustin Crawford led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Riley McCarthy went 1-for-2 with four RBIs and a sacrifice fly.

Post 901 faced a tough Teutopolis team early Saturday and lost 6-3. Down 3-0 after two innings, Valmeyer’s Sam Huebner scored on an errant throw by the catcher on a wild pitch in the third. McCarthy scored on a hit by Sippel to make it 3-2 in the sixth.

Teutopolis proved too strong in the end, however.

Valmeyer ended its season with an 8-3 loss to Effingham on Saturday afternoon. Jacob Rowold tripled to right in the first and scored on a hit by McCarthy.

Post 901 scored two more in the second for a 3-0 lead. Huebner singled, stole second, reached third on a pitcher’s error on a pickoff attempt and scored on a wild pitch. With two outs, Rowold tripled again and scored on McCarthy’s hit…>>>

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.