The Highland Senior Legion Post 439 baseball team overcame a bumpy start and a 30-minute lightning delay to score a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over visiting Jerseyville Wednesday, June 13 at Glik Park.
After just two batters came to the plate, Highland (4-4) trailed 1-0 as pitcher Elliott Prott walked Ryan Johnes to lead off the game and then Jon Woelfel hit a 3-2 offering for an RBI double to bring Johnes all the way around to score.
Then after the first out and a walk to Ronnie Guilander, Guilander beat catcher Braden Rehkemper’s throw to steal second base, but the return throw home from second baseman Mike McGill gunned down Woelfel attempting to swipe home plate.
But Jerseyville ended up getting the second run on an error.
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Prott threw 38 pitches in the first inning, but he really settled down after that. Prott surrendered just two hits and one walk while needing just 66 pitches to blank Jerseyville over the final six innings to give his team plenty of chances to overcome the early 2-0 hole.
Prott (1-1) even worked around a bit of a leaky defense which committed four more errors which added up to a total of five in the game. He finished with two strikeouts and 104 pitches.
Jerseyville was also less than sure-handed with four defensive mishaps.
Prott also helped himself in a big way at the dish. He and Will Greenwald shared game-high honors with two hits apiece. Prott also struck for a double and a game-best two RBIs while also scoring one run.
The game was halted for 30 minutes during the top of the second inning for lightning.
But the delay sure did not hurt Highland as Post 439 quickly finished Jerseyville’s at-bat and then took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom half.
Sam Greene drew a leadoff walk and Prott followed by belting a double to left field. Next, McGill reached on an error than allowed both Greene and Prott to score to deadlock the game at 2-2.
But it would not last long as Rehkemper blooped a single to right and Greenwald bunted for a single to load the bases before Steven Diaz coaxed a walk to force in McGill with the go-ahead run.
Highland tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the third.
Jordan Smith lined a leadoff double to left. Then after Greene singled to right and swiped second, Prott laced a single to center to drive in both Smith and Greene and complete the scoring.
And the three-run lead was more than enough for Prott, who had little trouble holding Jerseyville in check the rest of the way.
Zach Benware took the loss for Jerseyville after allowing five runs (four earned), nine hits and one walk while also striking out two.
Highland will play host to District 22 rival Metro East Bears tonight at 7:30.