Truman legion baseball edges Alden
TRUMAN — Truman American Legion Post 115’s pitching trio of starter Cayden Fischer and relievers Zach Wolter and Owen Wolter combined to hold the Alden Post 404 batting order in check Thursday night.
Fischer and the Wolter brothers amassed a total of 10 strikeouts and limited Alden to only two hits, while Truman’s Quintin Greier went 3-for-3 offensively, with a pair of doubles, to power Post 115 to a 5-2 triumph over Post 404 in Truman.
“How many errors did we commit defensively tonight?” Truman head coach Dave Hurn asked rhetorically.
“Zero,” continued Hurn. “If you don’t give away outs by making mistakes, it really increases your chances of leaving the ballpark with a win.”
Post 115’s defensive unit displayed its deft skills as Truman catcher Mitchell Prafke threw out Alden’s Dawson Dahlum trying to swipe second base after drawing a leadoff walk from Fischer in the top of the first inning.
Fischer then issued another walk to Josiah Hedensten only to watch as second baseman Clay Gieseke fielded Tyler Lair’s grounder and flipped to shortstop Zach Wolter for the forceout at second base. Wolter zipped the ensuing peg to first baseman Paxton Gravlin to complete the inning-ending double play.
Despite Greier hammering a two-out double and Fischer walking, Post 115 came up empty-handed in the bottom of the first inning.
Fischer then settled into a solid pitching rhythm after issuing a leadoff walk by striking out the Alden side in the top of the second.
Jordan Wiederhoeft and Jaiden Cook then triggered Truman’s one-out rally in the last half of the second by drilling a single and a double, respectively, to put both runners in scoring position.
James Schrunk walked to load the bases before Prafke skied a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Wiederhoeft for an early 1-0 lead. Cook later crossed the plate when he swiped third base and hustled home following an errant throw.
The hard-throwing Fischer retired Alden in order during both the third and fourth innings to allow Truman an opportunity to extend its lead with a solo run in the home half of the fourth.
Prafke drew a one-out walk before courtesy runner Austin Berkland wheeled to third base on Greier’s second double of the game. Berkland then scored on Fischer’s RBI single to right for a 3-0 lead.
Fischer, who had a no-hitter intact through 4 1/3 innings, surrendered a bloop single into right field by Dugan Soost before issuing back-to-back walks to jam the base paths.
Luke Morrison then delivered an RBI single for Post 404 before Fischer issued a bases-loaded walk to Dahlum to whittle Truman’s lead to 3-2.
Zach Wolter relieved Fischer and unleashed a wild pitch that Prafke alertly tracked down before flipping back to Wolter covering home to erase one Alden runner. Wolter then struck out the next batter to thwart the threat.
“I thought Zach gave us a nice hold on the mound before Owen closed out the last two innings,” said Hurn.
Owen Wolter faced the minimum of six batters in two perfect innings of relief, notching two strikeouts in the process of earning a save for Truman.
Post 115 manufactured two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Prafke reached on an error, took second on a wild pitch and swiped third. Prafke later scored when Greier legged out an RBI infield hit to short. Greier later sprinted home on another Alden error.
Fischer and Wiederhoeft each went 2-for-3 for Truman.
Fischer allowed two earned runs on two hits, struck out seven and issued six walks in 4 1/3 innings pitched to earn the victory.
Lair allowed two runs — only one earned — on five hits, struck out three and walked four in three innings of work to take the loss for Alden.
Truman returns to action Monday against an opponent — as well as a location and a starting time — to be determined at a later date.
Alden 000 020 0 — 2 2 4
Truman 020 102 x — 5 9 0
Tyler Lair (LP), Dawson Dahlum (4) and Ethan Greenfield. Cayden Fischer (WP), Zach Wolter (5), Owen Wolter (6, Sv) and Mitchell Prafke.
LOB–Truman 10, Alden 3. 2B–Quintin Greier (TRU) 2, Jaiden Cook (TRU). SF–Prafke (TRU).