The Highland Senior Legion Post 439 baseball team capped off a busy four days with a respectable 3-2 record.
First, on Wednesday, June 13, Highland defeated visiting Jerseyville 5-2 at Glik Park.
Next, on Thursday, Post 439 returned to District 22 play with an 8-3 loss to the visiting Edwardsville Bears at Glik Park. Highland slipped to 0-2 in District 22.
Highland then competed in the Trenton Gator Classic on Friday and Saturday.
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First, on Friday, Post 439 beat Carlyle for the second time this season with a 5-2 win.
Highland played two ballgames Saturday, dropping the first one 10-2 to the Aviston Express before rebounding to defeat host Trenton for the second time this season with a 13-2 rout in five innings.
Sunday’s conclusion of the tournament was canceled due to heavy storms overnight. It was decided that Highland ended up tying for third place.
Post 439 carried a 6-6 record into Tuesday’s rematch with Edwardsville, this time on the road at 8 p.m. at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Highland will then play host to Freeburg/Smithton at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Highland 13 Trenton 2 (5 innings)
Post 439 briefly trailed Trenton 2-0 after an inning and a half, but Highland, which was the home team, pushed across three runs in each of the second and third innings before erupting for seven tallies in the fourth to bring the game to an early finish after just 4 1/2 innings.
Highland outhit Trenton 13-5.
Braden Rehkemper, Mike McGill, Robert Sigman, Will Greenwald and Jimmie Smith all collected two hits apiece.
Rehkemper drove in a game-high three runs while McGill, Smith and Greenwald each knocked in a pair of runs. McGill also doubled twice and scored a game-best three runs.
Smith also clubbed a triple while Rehkemper, Greenwald and Sigman each also doubled.
In addition, Sam Greene added a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Jordan Smith earned the win on the bump after giving up two earned runs on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts in five innings.
After Trenton scored once in each of its first two at-bats to put Highland in a 2-0 hole, Post 439 countered with a three-run bottom of the second to claim the lead for good. Sam Greene drew a one-out walk and then Sigman and Rehkemper hit back-to-back doubles to pull Highland even.
But Post 439 was not done yet as Jimmie Smith singled home Rehkemper with two outs.
Highland put up another three-spot in the fourth as McGill connected for a run-scoring double and later scored on an error, and Rehkemper drove in Sigman with a RB single to center and Post 439’s lead grew to 6-2.
In the fourth, Highland paraded 10 hitters to the plate and piled on seven runs. Big blows in the frame were a two-run double by Greene, a run-scoring double by McGill, a two-out two-run double by Greenwald, and an RBI triple by Jimmie Smith.
Aviston 10 Highland 2
With the game tied at 2-2, Steven Diaz threw a wild pitch which allowed Aviston to claim the lead for good. The Express tacked on two more runs in the frame and then blew the game wide open with a five-run sixth.
Aviston doubled Highland in hits for the game at 12-6.
For the Express, Bryce Beckman, Brent Timmons, Jack Strieker and Jayce Timmerman each shared game-high honors with two hits apiece. Beckman also drove in a game-high three runs while Bryce Harre also had a triple and two RBIs.
Nolan Robben got the win for Aviston. He yielded two earned runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
For Highland, Diaz took the loss after being charged for five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two bases on balls. Dusty Phelps relieved him and also got roughed up, recording just four outs but not before giving up five earned runs on four hits and two walks.
Dillon Hallemann, Jimmie Smith, Greene, Jordan Smith, McGill, and Diaz each collected one hit to lead Highland. Hallemann also doubled and accounted for Post 439’s lone RBI while Greenwald and Jimmie Smith each scored one run.
Highland 5 Carlyle 2
Post 439 trailed 1-0, but rallied to take the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Greenwald and Diaz led the way with two hits each. Hallemann doubled and knocked in a game-high two runs, Greenwald doubled and scored twice, and Jimmie Smith contributed a triple, one RBI and two runs scored.
In the third, Dillan Halleman hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and there was an error, scoring one run.
Jake Ramsey earned the win after conceding two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out three in 5 2/3 innings. Phelps recorded the last four outs to earn the save for Post 439.
Colton Reckling took the loss for Carlyle. He pitched four innings and surrendered three runs, four hits, with three strikeouts.
Jacob Eversgerd led Carlyle’s with two hits and one run batted in.
Edwardsville 8 Highland 3
Post 199 outhit Post 439 11-1 and took control right from the outset with a four-run first frame.
Dylan Burris collected three hits for Edwardsville while Kade Burns chipped in two hits for the Bears.
Edwardsville scored two runs in the first inning on a throwing error and Steve Pattan drilled an RBI single up the middle and Andrew Yancik added a run-scoring single to make it 4-0.
Highland did not register a hit until Jimmie Smith reached on an infield single in the seventh inning, but there were no shortage of baserunners for Post 439.
Post 199 starter Tyler Lewis held Highland scoreless over the first four innings despite having control problems. Lewis, who picked up the win, allowed no hits and three runs over 4 2/3 innings, but walked eight batters and hit one. Tate Wargo pitched the final 2 1/3 innings.
After scoring a single run in the top of the fourth to go up 5-0, the Bears scored their final three runs in the top of the fifth, with Burns getting a two-run double and Burris adding an RBI triple.
In the bottom of the fifth, Highland finally broke through with three runs against Lewis, taking advantage of four walks and two wild pitches.
Highland 5 Jerseyville 2
Post 439 overcame a bumpy start and a 30-minute lightning delay to score a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over visiting Jerseyville on Wednesday, June 13 at Glik Park.
After just two batters came to the plate, Highland 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.
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.