There was hardly anything subtle about the Ballwin 611 Post senior legion baseball club’s approach at the plate in its zone 4 opener against Jackson Post 158.
Ballwin came out hitting the ball hard and early against Jackson and when the dust settled, Post 611 began its zone tournament appearance with a convincing 15-9 win Friday night at West City Park in Festus.
“It’s good to get out to a big lead early against a tough team like Jackson in a game like this,” Ballwin coach Sean Rogan said. “They (Jackson) did give a little trouble late but we held it together and got a good win against a really tough club.”
Ballwin (31-5) took control of the game early with a seven-run explosion in the second inning.
Then Post 611 followed that up with two in the fourth and three in the sixth to put Jackson in a deep hole that would be near impossible to escape.
“Getting seven runs early really was huge for us and it allowed our guys to settle in and play well,” Rogan said.
Hitting was contagious once again for Ballwin as Post 611 banged out 15 hits and put up funky numbers through the night. EJ Myers went 3 for 4 (Lafayette and Jefferson College) and drove in five runs and Jake Bolstad (Lafayette) had two hits and two RBI. Zac Ruckman also came up big at the plate with two hits, four runs scored, four walks and an RBI.
“Everybody hit up and down the lineup and we had a real good approach at the plate,” Rogan said. “We hit the ball real well.”
Jackson (35-8) managed a run in the first, three in the sixth, and two runs in the seventh against Ballwin starter Jack Fladda. Fladda gave up four earned runs in his seven innings of work before being relieved by Augie Clark, who gave up three runs in the eighth before Dylan Bragg relieved Clark.
Bragg pitched the final two frames in relief. Bragg gave up no hits or runs.
Next up for Ballwin is a second round game tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. against Festus, which knocked off defending Zone 4 champ Eureka 4-1 to advance in the tournament’s winner bracket.
“Festus we have played once and we know they are a well-coached team and they beat Eureka, so we know that we will have to show up prepared and that we will have our hands full with them,” Rogan said.