Game 2 - August 11, 2016
Shelby, NC - Omaha, Neb., Post 1 scored in each of the first four innings, building a 5-0 lead and never looking back in a 14-5 win against Kennewick, Wash., Post 34.
Jason Allbery got Post 1 (59-3) started in the first inning, doubling home Brandon Bena in the top of the first. One inning later, Zach Luckey’s double scored Craig Petrich and Lucas Ripa.
Allbery reached on an error to start the third and then came all the way around to score on John Hawk’s single, pushing the lead to 4-0. And in the fourth, Luckey led off with a double, moved to third on Brett Vosik’s bunt and then scored on a passed ball.
Kennewick (54-15) came back with runs in the in the fifth and sixth to close the gap. In the fifth, Blake Loftus reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on Trent Sellers single and then scored on an error. And in the sixth, Josh Kutzke led off with a double and came home on an error to cut the lead to 5-2.
But Omaha’s bats came alive in the top of the seventh. Jonnie Hawk led off with a shot over the left-field fence for the first home run of the World Series. Bobby Morgensen followed with a double, and Ripa and Evan Bergman both walked to load the bases with one out.
Luckey then doubled down the third-base line, scoring Morgensen and Ripa. Vosik’s double scored Bergman, and Luckey came home on a wild pitch. Vosik eventually scored on Allbery’s sacrifice fly, giving Post 1 an 11-2 lead.
Dillon Plew, Andrew Vargas and Garrett Dixon had RBI singles in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to six runs. But Ripa added a two-run home run and Vosick an RBI single to cap the scoring for Post 1.
John Sakowski (2-0) got the win, scattering 10 hits and three earned runs over six innings