On Saturday June 8 the Elsberry Double A team traveled to Wentzville and played in what would turn out to be a slugfest between the two teams winning by a score of 23-16.
Pitching for Elsberry came from Alex Beauchamp (Troy), who pitched 3 and 1/3 innings giving up 10 runs on eight hits, Joseph Allen (Winfield) pitched 2/3 of inning allowing one run on two hits, and Adam Kennedy (Troy) came in to pitch the fifth through seventh inning to save the game allowing five runs on four hits.
The offense for Elsberry came up big scoring 23 runs on 16 hits and was very aggressive on the base path stealing a total of 28 bases with only one caught stealing.
On Friday, June 7 the St. Charles American Legion Post 312 traveled to Elsberry to face Elsberry Post 226 with Post 226 picking up their seventh victory in eight games.
Joe Greisbauer (Troy) pitched a complete game for Elsberry giving up three runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The defense behind Greisbauer was very good against a very aggressive St. Charles team getting great plays from Jeremy Jennewein (Eolia) picking off runners trying to steal, Brandon Mound (Elsberry) and Beauchamp (Troy) taking away potential hits up the middle infield.
Scoring for Elsberry got started in the second inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Greisbauer scoring Vince Hollacher.
Kennedy came up with a big hit in the third inning scoring three runs and then scoring himself on a wild pitch.
More scoring for Elsberry came in the fourth inning on an RBI base hit from Rheed Leake scoring Luke Robbins, Beauchamp scored in the fifth on aggressive base running, stealing home on a wild pitch. Elsberry got two more runs in the sixth inning from a big two out RBI hit from Mound scoring Leake and Adam Sherrow.
On Wednesday June 5 Elsberry took it’s undefeated season to St Peters to play a very tough St. Peters American Legion team.
After taking an early 6-0 lead against St. Peters, Elsberry’s bats cooled of against very strong pitching from St. Peters.
Kennedy (Troy) pitched 4 and 2/3 solid innings for Elsberry allowing one run on four hits.
The bullpen for Elsberry couldn’t hold on to a 6-1 lead in the fifth through seventh inning giving up six runs on six hits handing Elsberry their first loss of the season.
On June 4 the Elsberry AA American Legion team traveled to O’Fallon to take on the O’Fallon American Legion team.
Elsberry defeated O’Fallon by a score of 10-1.
Robbins (Clarksville) pitched a complete game this night for Elsberry allowing one run on two hits.
O’Fallon’s one run came by way of an error in the outfield in the fourth inning.
Scoring for Elsberry started with one run in the first inning, one run in the second inning, one run in the fifth inning, five runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh inning.
“The offense for Elsberry started out slow before finally waking up and scoring big in the sixth inning scoring five runs against the O’Fallon pitching,” stated Coach Tim Mound. “The defense for Elsberry was very solid tonight only committing the one error which allowed the only run for O’Fallon.”
On June 2 the Elsberry Double A Legion Baseball team traveled to Sullivan to play a double header at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. against Sullivan.
First game Brandon Mound (Elsberry) took the mound to start, and went deep, throwing all seven innings.
He threw 70 pitches, had 10 strike outs, with no walks. With one tough defense behind him he threw a three hit shutout.
“Sullivan had their off speed pitcher on the mound for most of the game, throwing our timing off and had our Elsberry crew chomping at the bit to drive a pitch anywhere,” stated Mound. “We finally got them settled down and we put four runs on the board to end the game 4-0.”
Elsberry took their break and came out behind Kennedy (Troy) on the mound to start our second game.
Kennedy went four innings giving up one run in four hits.
“Despite the one run, Andrew did a great job in that second game. My pitching, so far, had done one awesome job holding Sullivan at bay in both games,” said Mound.
In the fifth inning Allen went to the mound with a tall order. keeping up with the two pitching performances before him, and keep up he did, he went three innings, for 30 pitches, giving up no runs.
“My entire infield was spot on both these games and with only one error played great,” said Mound.
Leake (Clopton), Beauchamp (Troy) made some great plays from the left side for outs, to help pitching. Brandon Mound (Elsberry) was shifted over to first base, a spot he doesn’t see much of, but plays it in certain pitching rotations. Made a great catch, snow coning the ball, when it was hit to right, with runners on, over his head, and then stepping on first, getting the double play, and getting us out of that inning. Ending Sullivans only real strike at putting another run or two on the board.
“Offensively, we laid back it seemed for the right moment in the fifth inning, when our sleeping giant awoke and blasted Sullivans pitcher for a nine run streak, putting them in the books 9-1.
“I can’t say enough about this Double A team. From the oldest to the youngest, they get the job done, they never give up, they keep each other going in the tough areas and the coaches and I want to express how proud we are of this group. I know it’s still early, but from what we’ve seen so far out of this group, it’s going to be exciting, said Mound.
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