JEFFERSON CITY — Columbia Post 202 won in a thrilling manner.
Post 202 edged Jefferson City Post 5 in the second game of the District 8 Championships, earning an 8-7 win at American Legion Field Post 5 Sports Complex.
Post 202 (23-9) plays tonight at 8 in the double-elimination tournament. It will meet the Post 5-Centralia Post 113 winner. They play at 5 p.m.
Eric Schultz scored the winning run on Brian Bassman’s balk in the bottom of the ninth inning. Schultz led off with a double and advanced to third on Jonathan Tallmage’s sacrifice bunt.
“We did an excellent job in the first eight innings, not giving up extra bases, and extra outs,” Post 202 coach Jim Dapkus said. “But in the ninth inning, we did that. And, you see what they are capable of doing, putting up five spots. Luckily, we are up by five.
“We’ve accomplished one step, but we get a huge step we need to get over.”
Post 202 had a 7-2 lead heading into the ninth and allowed Post 5 to tie the score.
Post 5’s J.C. Ramatowski walked to lead off and scored on Derrick Mofo’s double off starter Joshua Terry, narrowing the lead to 7-3. Mofo scored on Ross Stiner’s single.
Adam Bailey flied out, but Terry walked Dusty Schneider. Reliever Kyle Smith struck out Josh Wilson, but walked Matt Kleithermes to load the bases. Drew Biddle hit a double to right field to drive in three runs, tying the game at 7.
The inning ended when Smith struck out Ramatowski.
Terry pitched a strong 8 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and six hits.
“Joshua did a pretty good job,’’ Dapkus said. “He’s been money for us all summer.”
Dapkus also said he was glad to see sacrifice flies and bunts.
Post 202 responded quickly in bottom of the third after Post 5 (31-10) opened the scoring in top of the inning to lead 2-0.
Johnny Kruse led off with a single and stole second. Kruse scored on Smith’s single to right field to cut the lead to 2-1.
After Jacob Kemper advanced to first on an error, Scott Dunwoody singled to drive in two runs to give the Post 202 a 3-2 lead. Dunwoody scored on Schultz’s sacrifice bunt to extend the lead to 4-2.
Kemper scored on Joseph Montgomery’s single for a 6-2 advantage.
Post 202 scored another run in the eighth when Kemper, after hitting a triple, scored on Dunwoody’s single.
Dunwoody went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, and Smith went 4-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored.