WAKEFIELD – As the busy home schedule continues for Post 81 American Legion Baseball in Wakefield, Post 81 hosted a mid-week Ralph Bishop League doubleheader.
From Eaton Field in Wakefield, Post 81 welcomed in the Arlington Post 71 Juniors/Seniors Wednesday evening.
The Arlington Juniors poured in eight-runs in the fifth to win 12-2 by run-rule while the Arlington Seniors tallied seven-runs in back-to-back innings en route to a 10-4 victory over Wakefield. The Post 71 Juniors are now 5-3 (3-2) while the Wakefield Juniors fell to 3-4 in league play as the Arlington Seniors improved to 4-4 (2-3) as the Post 81 Seniors saw their two-game winning streak snapped and are now 2-5.
During the Seniors outing, Wakefield took the early 1-0 lead before Arlington outscored Wakefield, 4-1 in the third. Arlington added three more runs in the fourth, Wakefield brought in a run in the fifth, Arlington scored in two more runs in the sixth while both teams scored a run in the seventh. The final of 10-4 favored the visiting Arlington Post 71 Seniors.
TJ Solomon recorded two singles, a double and drove in three runs while Blake Brown singled twice, tripled and scored three times for Wakefield. Jakoby Mahon singled and scored, Coy Johnson and Brock Floyd both singled while Cade Johnson added a RBI.
Nate Oswald suffered the loss in three and two-thirds allowing seven runs off five hits while striking out two batters and walking seven. Floyd worked an inning and a third allowing two runs off one hit while striking out two batters and walking one. Sam Nuno worked an inning waling one batter while Solomon closed out the final inning allowing one run while striking out and walking one batter each.
Braden Monke singled twice and drove in two runs, Braden Rump singled and scored three time while Nick Smith singled, drove in a run and scored twice. Wes Martens singled and scored twice, Josh Iossi singled and drove in a run, Josh Miller accounted for a RBI, Tanner Pittman scored twice and Barrett Nielsen scored once.
Aiden Formen secured the complete game victory for Arlington striking out nine batters.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H
0 0 4 3 0 2 1 10 6 – Arlington
1 0 1 0 1 0 1 4 9 – Wakefield
In the Juniors game, both teams scored a run in the first while Arlington brought in three runs in the third. Arlington then outscored Wakefield, 8-1 in the fifth to win 12-2 in five innings.
Cade Johnson singled twice, doubled and scored two runs while Eliseo Sarmiento singled and drove in a run. Anthony Valenzuela also singled.
Johnathan Birkley suffered the loss in two and a third innings allowing three runs off one hit while striking out and walking two batters. Birkley did leave the game after having a ball hit his ankle and coach Julio Sanchez reported on Birkley in the postgame.
“He went to go get some x-rays right after,” said Sanchez. “They said that they didn’t think anything was broken or fractured, so that’s good news. Hopefully we can get him back as soon as possible.”
Sarmiento worked an inning and two-thirds allowing three runs off one hit while striking out and walking two batters each. Ryan Anderson came in for the fifth innings and allowed six runs off four hits while striking out one batter and walking two.
Top Arlington batters: Nick Smith singled, doubled and scored twice; Trevor Denker tripled, drove in three runs and scored twice as Braden Monke doubled, drove in a run and scored.
Smith secured the complete game victory in five innings striking out 10 batters.
1 2 3 4 5 R H
1 0 3 0 8 12 6 – Arlington
1 0 0 0 1 2 5 – Wakefield
The Wakefield Post 81 Juniors and Seniors will next compete in the 2021 Wakefield/Wayne Wood Bat Tournament both in Pool A from Eaton Field in Wakefield. The Post 81 Juniors will face Wisner-Pilger/Dodge-Howells at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 11 and Beresford at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 12 while the Post 81 Seniors will face Wisner-Pilger/Dodge-Howells at 6 p.m. followed by Bruning/Davenport-Shickley at 8 p.m. Friday night. The Wakefield Seniors will be off on Saturday and face Lennox on Sunday, June 13 at 2 p.m.
The Juniors final is scheduled for 5 p.m. followed by the Seniors championship game at 7 p.m. from Eaton Field in Wakefield on Sunday.