They were down and then back in it and then just before their last scheduled at-bat, Mother Nature pulled the plug on the evening.
Such was the plight of the Creve Coeur Post 397 senior legion club on Monday evening at Parkway Central.
Despite pulling within a run by the seventh and being down just two runs in the eighth, Creve Coeur dropped a 9-7 non-district contest to Washington which was halted after eight innings due to impending bad weather.
“This (game) was about work,” Creve Coeur manager Mark Little said. “We put in some players who actually hadn’t been getting a lot of playing time and I was actually very pleased with what they were able to do. Very tough and very disappointing we didn’t get to finish the game but they are improving as well with the extra playing time.”
One of those players that got some quality work in was Jordan Kramer. Kramer (Parkway North), a left-hander was making his first varsity start and despite falling behind early against Post 218, the young lefty turned in a decent debut as he pitched into the seventh, before giving way to Zack Lazenby in relief.
“He’s (Kramer) a junior and he’ll be back for us next year so it was a strong building block performance for him to build on,” Little said.
Washington (22-9) came out swinging in the top of the first as Post 218 scored three runs to jump out in front. Nate Hillermann provided the big hit with a 2-run single to left. Hillermann advanced to second on the throw home.
In the second, Washington scored three more runs as Nick Thiel singled home a run and Austin Finder slapped an RBI-triple as the lead grew to 6-0.
Creve Coeur (8-14) got a three runs back in the second as Kramer ripped a 2-run single to left field. Dante Edwards’ (Parkway North) RBI-groundout to first plated another run.
In the bottom of the third, Post 397 pulled even closer.
Post 397 pushed across two more runs in the third to pull within two runs. Washington answered with a run in the fourth. Adam Coleman’s single to center scoring Austin Kerwood, made it just a one-run game in the bottom of the fifth at 7-6. That rally brought on Thiel in relief of Washington starter Evan Ayers in the fourth. Thiel threw fours solid innings of relief before being relieved by John Himmelberg in the eighth.
Washington, which banged out 14 hits on the day, finally got the bats going again as Post 218 scored two more in the seventh off a bases-loaded walk and a fielder’s choice out at first.
Creve Coeur had one final chance to rally in the bottom of the eighth. With two out Lazenby slammed his team-leading 14th home run of the season to cut it to 9-7. But the rally stopped there as Himmelman got the next hitter to end the frame.
It was not the finish Creve Coeur wanted but the progress is something that can help them in their final two District 10 games later this week against Florissant.
“We are believing now that it’s not who we play, but how we play that is starting to help us get better,” Little said. “Defensively, we are starting to get tighter, we are starting to hit the ball better in key situations.
Creve Coeur ended up with nine hits on the evening.