Jefferson City was worn out, and Post 202 took advantage.
Post 202 won both games of an American Legion doubleheader Wednesday at Rock Bridge, beating Jefferson City 13-3 in six innings in the first game and 14-2 in five innings in the second.
“We had a long weekend, we played five games last weekend, and won all of them,” Jefferson City coach Bruce Schrimpf said. “I don’t know, maybe the boys are just still tired.”
Post 202 said they didn’t do anything special for the sweep.
“We did a good job for the amount we played,” Post 202 assistant coach Eric Greer said. “They made lot of mistakes and we took advantage of them. We scored about 29 runs in two games, and we were doing good things offensively. We had two guys who hadn’t pitched before. Other than that there is really not much to say, we just did what we were supposed to do.”
The second game turned ugly for Jefferson City in the third inning. Post 202 went through 16 batters and scored 11 runs.
Johnny Kruse’s solo home run to lead off the inning was a sign of things to come.
A few batters later fans said that Eric Schultz knew the ball was coming and braced for it when he got hit in the helmet by a pitch. Eight batters in, Josh Terry grounded out for the first out, driving in Marcus Himmelberg to build the lead to 8-1. The inning ended almost as eventfully as it started when Chris Nichols struck out looking for the third out and the umpire ejected him for improper language.
“We weren’t good on either the offensive end or defensive, a couple of guys got some good hits, but then we made some mistakes in the outfield,” Schrimpf said.
The biggest highlight the inning for Jefferson City came when Casey Schwartze broke an aluminum bat on an RBI single.
“It was once in a lifetime,” Dave Schwartze, Casey’s father said. “I have never seen it done before, I have never seen an aluminum bat break.”
Jefferson City scored in the fourth when Nick Brandel singled in Darrius Dastaki. The game was over an inning later when Jefferson City could not score in the fifth.
The four-run first was the big inning for Post 202 in the first game.
Kruse walked, stole second and went to third on an error. Jake Kemper’s sacrifice fly scored Kruse. Eric Schultz then hit a two-run home run.
After Jefferson City walked Ryan Concannon and Tyler Jones, Nichols hit a sacrifice fly that scored Concannon.