For the second time this season in a league that has thus far been plagued by inclement weather, the two “A” baseball teams from Peebles met in action in some sweltering heat last Wednesday night. The winner was the same with Peebles 1 and their highly potent offense coming out on top, downing Peebles 2 by a final score of 17-7.
With a heat index approaching 100 degrees, the two teams cut short their warm-ups and decided to get right to the action. Sierra Stone was on the mound at game’s start for Peebles 2 but she had a very rocky outing, not getting through the first inning. Ten Peebles 1 batters reached base safely, with only one, Alex Seaman, via the base hit. Peebles 2 coach Kevin Behr went to his bullpen and lefty Austin Fuentes came on to strike out two in a row to end the frame, but not before Peebles 1 had placed a big seven-spot on the board.
In the bottom of the first, Peebles 1 starter Lane Hanson had similar difficulties. After retiring the first batter, Hanson proceeded to either walk or hit the next six, resulting in three easy runs for Peebles 2. With three in and three on, Peebles 1 coach Dean Brown had to also go to the pen, calling in reliever Austin Parks, who did the job by striking out the first two hitters he faced and a very lengthy first inning ended with Peebles 1 on top 7-3.
The Peebles 1 offense continued to roll in the top of the second as Daniel Wolford led off with a double and Tyler Fenner followed with a base on balls. Parks then doubled to left center to drive both runners home and give his team a six-run advantage.
Peebles 1 struck again in the top of the third when Ryan Brown walked and was driven home by a John Penn base hit. Later with the bases loaded, Clay Brown drew a walk to force home a run and a Parks base hit made it 12-3. Peebles 2 added one to their total in the bottom of the third when Fuentes was hit by a pitch and eventually came in to score on as passed ball.
With a comfortable lead and the blistering heat taking a toll, Coach Brown began substituting freely and his team never missed a beat as they tacked on three more in the top of the fifth. Kyle Bowman singled, Levi Newkirk walked and Austin Newkirk singled them both home. A double by the hot-hitting Alex Seaman brought home one more to make it 15-4.
The sixth inning was scoreless on both sides and in the top of the seventh, Peebles 1 pushed across two more runs to further extend their big lead. The bottom of the seventh saw Austin Newkirk come to the mound for Peebles 1 and an error allowed Ben Figgins to reach for Peebles 2 and after a walk to Kaitlin Toller, a two-bagger by Jack Behr drove home a pair. Another error allowed Behr to score. Coach Brian Seaman made a trip to the mound to settle down his pitcher and it worked as a fly out and strikeout ended the game with Peebles 1 claiming a 17-7 win to move to 3-0 on the season and drop Peebles 2 to 1-3.
The high-powered Peebles 1 offense was paced by John Penn who went 3 for 5 and drove home four runs. Alex Seaman continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 3 and driving home a pair, while Daniel Wolford was 3 for 4. Peebles 2 was led at the plate by Jack Behr who was a perfect 2 for 2 with four runs batted in.
In relief, Austin Parks pitched well for Peebles 1, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing no earned runs, and striking out 9. For Peebles 2, Austin Fuentes fanned 8 batters in his 5 2/3 innings of relief.
PEEBLES 1- 723 030 2 —17
PEEBLES 2- 301 000 3 —7
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