Canal Post 25 defeated CKRT Post 7 in DE American Legion baseball Wednesday night in a hard fought, back and forth contest by the score of 5-4. Ryan Bond tossed 6 innings and yielded 3 runs on 4 hits in earning the win. Connor Megginson toed the rubber for Post 7 also going 6 innings and yielding 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7 in defeat.
Offensively Canal was led by Jake Walls who collected 3 hits, 3 stolen bases and scored 2 runs. Jarrett Wallace had 2 hits including a double. Post 7 was led by Blaine Hansen at the plate with 2 hits and an RBI, Megginson with a double and 3 RBI and Ethan Hurd with a double.
Canal started the scoring in the 3rd inning when Jake Walls collected a flair single up the middle and promptly stole second. A line drive off the bat of Joey Lungen past the reach of shortstop Jimmy Kucharzyk plated Wells. The score remained 1-0 into the bottom of the 5th when Post 7 scratched 3 runs across on 2 walks, a sacrifice, a single by Hansen and a Megginson double.
The lead was short lived though as Canal loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 6th with an error and back to back singles. Ryan Bond stepped up and smacked a 2 rbi double to tie the score at 3. With 1 out in the inning, Garrett Alexander added a sacrifice fly to give Canal a 4-3 lead.
In the top of the 7th, Kobe Heinicke came on in relief of Megginson for Post 7. Canal added an insurance run that would prove to be valuable on an RBI single by Colton Duckworth. Jake Walls came on in relief for Post 25 in the bottom of the 7th inning. After a strikeout to open the inning, Kobe Heinicke lined a single to right field to get things started for Post 7, followed by a walk and a single by Hansen to load the bases. An RBI fielders choice closed the score to 5-4. With runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 out, Walls was able to get a ground ball for the final out earning the save.
With the win Canal improves to 8-4 while Post 7 falls to 1-7. Canal travels to Smyrna on Thursday 6/28 while Post 7 hosts Post 6 on Thursday 6/28.