After two rainouts, CHS gains second win in as two days, 2-1 over guest Lawson, on Toedebusch's 2-outs, RBI single on 2-2 pitch
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Maybe it was being rained out of their first two games that did it.
Whatever the trigger, Chillicothe High School’s baseball Hornets channeled their inner Noah Thursday to emerge a winner from their home clash with Lawson.
Playing their second game of the just-begun 2018 season in as many days after a pair of washouts, the Hornets netted triumph No. 2 when senior Drew Toedebusch stroked a 2-balls, 2-strikes pitch with two teammates on base and two outs for a tiebreaking single in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday, lifting CHS to a 2-1 conquest.
Capitalizing on a 1-out walks to No. 9 batter Gage Kirkland and leadoff man Westley Brandsgaard, the righthanded-swinging Toedebusch went the other way with the 2-2 pitch from 6’7” Lawson lefthander Zach Miller to bring Kirkland racing home from second base with the go-ahead run.
Chillicothe will play its third game in as many days today (Thursday), hosting Trenton’s second-year squad (visit this website initially for the game story) in another 4:30 p.m. game.
After the Hornets re-took the lead in the sixth, CHS sophomore lefthander Kam Ward moved from right field to the mound to save the win for starter and classmate Jaden Winder with a shaky, but ultimately successful, seventh inning.
After whiffing the first Cardinal he faced, the CHS reliever walked the Nos. 8 and 9 men in the Lawson lineup. A basehit to center field by the next man was charged by Hornets center fielder Konner Sewell to prevent the tying run from trying to score from second base on the hit, buying Ward another chance to do his job.
The 10th grader took advantage of that opportunity, fanning Miller after – naturally – the batter had spoiled a pair of 2-2 pitches with foul balls and then getting LHS’ No. 3 batter to pop out to Winder at second on a 1-2 offering.
Starter Winder not only shut out, but no-hit Lawson for five innings, nursing a slender 1-0 edge his own 2-outs single in the bottom of the first had established. He drove in freshman Mason Baxter, who had lined a 1-out hit to left and advanced on a groundout.
However, in the Cardinals’ sixth, back-to-back doubles to open the inning squared things and put the CHS righthander in danger of quickly going from a potential winning hurler to possible loser.
Responding calmly, but boldly, to the challenge, the Hornets hurler struck out the Nos. 3-5 men in the Lawson lineup on four, four, and five pitches, respectively, to strand the go-ahead run at second.
Statistically, Chillicothe prevailed despite collecting only four hits – they did receive seven bases on balls from the trio of LHS chuckers. A big reason was that the Cardinals tallied only three hits and four walks. After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, they got only one man aboard – via a CHS error – from the second through the fifth.
No batter for either side had more than one hit.
Each club committed two errors, but all three of the runs were earned.