Highland Senior Legion pitcher Dillon Hallemann threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout, and the offense sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored five runs in the fifth inning of Post 439’s 5-0 win over Carmi to close out the first day of the Fifth Division Tournament at Highland’s Glik Park.
“Normally, I try to pace myself to pitch the whole game, and this time, it kind of worked out right,” said Hallemann, who walked just one and hit one. “I just felt good as the game went on, and my arm was feeling good the whole time. And for the most part, everything was working for me, and that really helped me get through batters quicker and kept my pitch count down.”
Hallemann had his fastball working all night and mixed in his curveball and changeup to keep the Carmi batters off balance.
“What else can you ask for? That’s three complete games in a row,” said Highland coach Harry Painter, whose team improved to 15-11. “He was really throwing the lights out of the ball. He was dominant.”
Post 439 sent 11 hitters to the plate and erupted for five runs in the fifth inning.
The fifth inning outburst was highlighted by six consecutive hitters reaching base safely, including four RBI singles in a row from Jimmie Smith, Jordan Smith, Hallemann and Sam Greene.
Jimmie Smith went 3-for-4 with a double while Jordan Smith collected two hits. Both also scored one run, as did Hallemann, Will Greenwald and Mike McGill.
“We knew we were going to eventually catch up to (Evan Kieffer),” Painter said. “We left three men in scoring position in the first two innings, but hey, these guys keep chipping and chugging. And then they had six batters reach in a row and that helped us out tremendously.
Highland will take on Herrin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Herrin beat Newton 4-1 on Monday.
“We’re peaking right now and being in the winners bracket puts us in a real nice position right now, and I feel good about our pitching,” Painter said.