By Patrick MacCoonRecord Sports EditorWhile the Warrenton Freshman Legion baseball team did not finish its doubleheader at New Haven until after midnight, they went home in strong style in the early hours of Tuesday morning.Brendan Schanuel ended a strong performance at the plate for Post 122 with a two-run single that pushed across the tying and winning runs for a 12-11 victory.Schanuel and Mitch Burnette each collected three hits to help bring a five-game losing skid to an end.“It was a great win for our team,” Freshman Head Coach Jamey Sherman said. “We didn’t get finished until almost 12:30, but all the kids loved it. Brendan did a really good job at the plate and that was a nice way to end it.”Kole Hammerberg picked up the win as he threw 4 1/3 innings in relief. He allowed three unearned runs and struck out five.“Kole did a good job getting us through that game on the mound,” Sherman said. “He gave us the chance to win.”Post 122 (3-8) had nine hits in the victory and drew 17 walks at the plate, with Eli Ecton and Kory Schniedermeyer each drawing four free bases.“Eli has really helped us out from the leadoff spot and has scored a lot of runs,” he said. “Our lineup really has come alive as of late.”Despite suffering an 8-7 loss in extra innings to begin the doubleheader, Sherman was ultimately satisfied with the performance.Burnette and Schniedermeyer each had three hits, while Ecton legged out a triple for one of his two hits.Burnette led all in the doubleheader with six hits and four runs batted in.“Kory has been our hottest hitter and most consistent run producer this season,” he said. “Mitch really stood out this week and he has put up impressive numbers. Braden Lawson has done really well in driving runs in. Our lineup had 21 hits in the doubleheader and they are producing well.”New Haven could only muster five hits off of Alex Vogt, Camron Swaringen and Ecton, but spoiled what could have been a possible sweep if not for the five errors committed by Post 122.With several members on his team heading into eighth grade this upcoming school year, and having to face incoming sophomores on several occasions, Sherman believes his team has begun to play well together.“Even in the loss, it was one of our best all-around performances,” he said. “They are really having fun and their hard work is showing up on the field.”Only four games remain for the Freshman team.
The Post 122 Freshman Legion baseball team finished a doubleheader in walk-off fashion after midnight on Tuesday morning. Brendan Schanuel's two-run single made for the difference.
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