Legion Baseball: Renegades cannot complete their comeback against the Capital; RBI splits games

By The Staff of The Chronicle

Although the Jeep Renegades I-5 fell behind in the game, the team was on the wrong end of a 5-2 start and couldn’t overcome the deficit in a 6-5 loss on Monday against Capital at baseball American Legion Single-A. stock.

The Renegades had a solid game off the top of their roster, with Cal Bullock going 2-for-2 with three runs scored at No. 1 and Miles Martin adding a 2-for-3 line with an RBI. The Renegades had five hits but committed five errors on defense, failing to help their line of pitchers in the seven-inning game.

Jax Potter teeed off on the bump, going two innings, allowing one hit, walking four and striking out three to give up four earned runs. Danner Hoinowski relieved him for two innings, allowing only one hit with two walks, two strikeouts and an unearned run, and Luke Mohney completed the final two defensive innings, walking four with one strikeout and an unearned run.

Weston Potter and Jack Nelson also added RBIs for the Renegades in the loss.

Rural Baseball Divisions with Longshore, Beats CA

Hits were hard to come by for the Dirtbags on Sunday, but the Rural Baseball Inc. team managed just enough to save a split on the day against Grays Harbor Longshore. After going down 7-2 and managing just one hit in Game 1, the hosts hung on for a 2-1 victory in the rematch.

Longshore’s Eli Brown was more than the Dirtbags could handle in Game 1, striking out 12 batters in five innings and allowing just one hit.

After a change of pitch in the sixth inning, Rural Baseball took advantage of three free passes to score a pair of runs, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome its earlier offensive issues. Boston Caron walked away with the lone hit of the game for the Dirtbags.

Jacob Rogers absorbed the loss after allowing three hits and two earned runs in six innings. Cannon Johnson continued to do a good job with gloves at third base for rural baseball, but that wasn’t enough to stop Longshore from running away with the win.

In Game 2, Josh Ellis stepped in for RBI. After pitching in the seventh inning of Game 1, the southpaw pitched a full 2-pitch game in the nightcap to pick up the win. Ellis retired 11 longshoremen on strikes, including the three he faced in the third inning.

Hunter Gutenberger helped eliminate base path traffic by eliminating four potential base thieves.

The Dirtbags took the lead in the second inning after Johnson walked in and scored on a false bunt attempt that persuaded Longshore to throw the ball a bit. Johnson scored the starting spot in the fourth inning. Owen Erickson added a hit for Rural Baseball to put Johnson in the scoring position.

Rural Baseball Inc. then hosted competitive Athletics in Castle Rock on Monday, scoring four runs in the seventh to claim the win.

Owen Erickson took the relief victory for Rural Baseball, going 5 innings with four strikeouts. He came in with the bases full of athleticism in the third and failed every runner he inherited.

Erickson drove in two runs in the seventh inning with an elbow to right field to help him earn his first-ever win on the mound.

Hunter Gutenberger dropped a tight bunt to score the winning run in the seventh.

Toledo’s Bayron Rodrigues set the tone for RBI early, laying down a pair of sack bunts before drizzling for a hit in the seventh inning to tie the run.

Classmate Ryan Bloomstrom of Toledo added a hit and started the seventh with a walk. He also gloved her nice and pretty at shortstop throughout the game.

“We love taking on the big city boys with fancy bat bags,” RBI coach Jordan Nailon said. “We appreciate that they always send a few guys from their AAA Legion team to make it a competitive affair.

“Tonight our guys just did the little things right and never looked back, even when the daylight was lacking and things looked pretty gloomy.”

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