PLYMOUTH — After an 0-for-4 start at the plate, Evan Jurjevic was due.
The big Post 27 five hole hitter from LaPorte got his hit when it counted with a two-RBI line single into left that scored the eventual game-winner as Jake Eaton earned the save in the ninth of an 11-10 comeback win over visiting Logansport Post 60/ 418 at Bill Nixon Field Thursday.
“I felt like I had good at-bats all day. I was hitting the ball hard; I was just hitting it right to people,” said Jurjevic. “Finally I went up there and ended up finding a hole. I had the same approach and everything; I just knew I had to come around and get a big hit for the team.”
“Evan obviously is one of our leaders,” said Post 27 assistant coach Mike Hite, who took over at third for head coach Tony Plothow Thursday. “He was appointed one of our team captains by General Manager (Dean) Colvin. He’s shown that leadership for the last couple years. He’s been swinging the bat really well for us, and it was big time for him to come through.”
Thursday’s game was a back-and-forth contest that featured a tie and three lead changes between the fifth and ninth frames. It was a much-needed homecoming win for a club that has struggled to pull out the wins in some close games early this season and took the field Thursday on a three-game road skid with two losses at the Wayne Newton Post 346 Tournament in Terre Haute Saturday and a loss at South Bend Post 50 Tuesday.
“It seems that’s Legion baseball. You don’t see that many 1-nothing or 2-1 ball games,” said Hite. “It’s whoever can hit the best, who scores the most runs, who has the last at-bat and who’s the most resilient. It was good to see our ball club, tonight at least, be resilient and never give up and to come back the way they did.”
“Our team has a tremendous amount of fight in it,” said Jurjevic. “Even in Terre Haute when we were struggling we were in every ball game. Every game has been close, and we finally came out on top today. I’m glad that we stayed with it and hung in there and came out with a win.”
Plymouth jumped off to an initial 5-0 lead with a big five-run second that included five two-out hits and a pair of homers from Sean Rogers and designated hitter Brody Andrews, the former a lead-off solo shot and the latter a three-run knock to right on a 3-1 offering from Logan starter Jake Stover that scored the final runs of the inning.
Both Logan and Post 27 scratched out a run in the third before Post 60/ 418 knotted the game up 6-all when Plymouth starter Sean Liedtky suddenly began struggling in the top of the fifth.
Liedtky had surrendered just two walks with four strike-outs pitching through the fourth but couldn’t keep his pitches up in the fifth, giving up three walks and a hit batsman with the bases loaded. Reliever Doug Andrews couldn’t find his stuff in the steady drizzle either, as he hit his first batter faced to walk in another run and scored the tying run on a wild pitch to bring the score to 6-all.
Winning southpaw pitcher Justin Gerlowski took over in the sixth, giving up two runs off two hits and two walks in three innings, while Eaton got the save with a little help from the weather when Kyle Ayers slipped on his way home from third on a would-be two-out sacrifice fly from Matt Turner that turned into a rundown for the game’s final out instead.
While Logan took advantage of some wild Plymouth pitching in the fifth, Post 27 capitalized on a trio errors in the wet conditions in the sixth as Brock Anson, Arron Christenberry and Andrews laid down three straight bunts, and the Logansport infield made three straight errors to help Post 27 retake the lead 9-8 headed into the seventh before Logan scratched out two runs on a two-out, two-RBI single from Joe LaPosser to retake the lead.
“We preach to the guys, bunt the ball first and then run, make some things happen,” said Hite. “Play the small ball, and that’s what we tried to do. We’re going for three bunts in a row and we score three runs. They gave us the opportunity throwing the ball around a little bit, but we’ll take that every day of the week.”
Crhistenberry was 4 for 4 at the plate with two doubles and three runs scored for Plymouth, while Logan’s Ayers went 3 for 5 with a base-clearing three-run double in the sixth before tying the game at 6-6 with some heads-up base running on a wild pitch in the same frame.
Post 27 will travel to Penn High School for a game with Osceola Post 308 tonight at 7 p.m.
• PLYMOUTH POST 27 11,
LOGANSPORT POST 60/ 418 10
Logansport: 001 052 200 — 10 9 5
Plymouth: 051 003 02X — 11 13 2
Sean Liedtky, Doug Andrews (5), Justin Gerlowski (6, W), Jake Eaton (9, S); Jake Stover, Tanner Prentice (6, L) and Tommy Corcoran.
2B: Arron Christenberry 2 (P), Sean Rogers (P), James Hackworth (P), Kyle Ayers (L).
HR: Rogers (P), Brody Andrews (P).