Friday, June 16, 2017 - Updated: 10:00 AMMetropolis’ Post 306 American Legion team took two from Paducah Monday night and a pair from Marion-Orient last week to run their record to 8-1 for the 2017 campaign.
The two wins against Marion-Orient were by scores of 7-3 and 10-3.
The lone loss for the year came in the second game of the Fairfield twin bill.
Ryan Bradley, who had to leave the mound after a shot off his shin, Christian Pearl and Aaron Rose all threw for 306 in the 9-5 win.
Jakob Breeden, Bradley and Cason Hight provided 306 with all the offense they would need.
In the finale, Nate Wetzel was in and out of trouble for the first 3 innings before giving way to Noah Matesevac who wriggled out of a couple of jams of his own before turning the ball over to Rose and Peyton Massey.
Breeden and Pearl were the offensive stars in the second game along with Nate Kerley. The diminutive Kerley was singled out by the Post 306 staff for his overall contributions.
Head coach Bob Simpson said, “The kid does so much for us, two hits this week and five successful sacrifices!”
In the 6-3 loss, Post 306 had their chances but just couldn’t get it done. Monday night’s twin bill against Paducah resulted in a 15-5 five inning win in the first game and a nice 6-4 come from behind win in the nightcap.
Nightcap was a fitting description of the second game as the outfield lights wouldn’t come on until a city lineman rolled in with a bucket truck and manually brought the lights up.
In a very lackluster performance by Paducah in the first game there were a host of players to single out as evidenced by the 10 run margin.
The second game was a different story. Kaleb Cox started on the hill for Metropolis followed by Matesevac and Layton Edmonds.
Blaine Dunning, Andrew Hubbard, Edmonds and Massey all were key in the comeback win.
Simpson emphasized Wednesday’s home games with Harrisburg and Sunday’s away games at Carmi.
Those games will bear heavily on the district seedings.