Good pitching and solid hitting have kept Post 202 undefeated.
Post 202 swept Boonville on Sunday night, winning 3-1 and 5-0 in a doubleheader at Rock Bridge High School to move to 6-0.
In the second game, Boonville’s (1-5) bats fell silent, managing two hits against three Post 202 pitchers.
Chris Nichols pitched five innings for the win. Nichols struck out three, walked six and gave up one hit. Lance Rodeman struck out two in the sixth, and Joe Montgomery retired the side in the seventh.
“They won the game for us,” Post 202 coach Jim Dapkus said. “Chris struggled a little bit, but he got out of all the jams.”
Boonville’s defense also struggled, producing four errors.
Post 202 was leading 2-0 going into the fourth inning, and Tyler Jones hit a ball in the left field gap for a stand-up triple, which drove in Jon Tallmage from third. Ryan Concannon drove in Jones with a single up the middle. Post 202 had four hits and two runs in the inning.
“The couple of extra runs took more pressure off our team,” Dapkus said.
In six innings, Boonville’s pitcher Eric Rhover struck out three, walked two, and gave up seven hits.
In the first game, Post 202 scored two runs in the bottom of the second.
Montgomery led off, and after fouling off several bunt attempts, he hit a sliding triple to right field.
Evan Carmichael, the Boonville right fielder, tried to slide to catch Montgomery’s hit, but the ball fell in front of him. Taylor Drennan hit a home run in the next at-bat.
Post 202 scored again in the third, but after that there were no big plays.
“We’ll hopefully hit more the next game,” Dapkus said. “The pitching was where it needed to be, but they were only a couple of hits away from maybe tying things up, and even taking the lead.”
Andrew Malson earned the win, allowing two hits, striking out two before Rodeman came on in relief in the fifth.
Boonville scored one run in the third.