Game 6 - August 12, 2016
Shelby, NC - Making the most of its hits, Rockport, Ind., Post 254 put itself into a strong position heading into the final weekend of The American Legion World Series.
Rockport got just three hits, but those produced four runs and led the team to a 5-3 win against Kennewick, Wash., Post 34. Rockport didnít get a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning and was outhit 9-3, but drew draw five walks and was hit by two pitches.
Post 254 (34-1) moved to 2-0 in pool play, while Kennewick fell to 54-16 overall and 0-2 in pool play.
A pair of walks and a wild pitch set up Post 254ís first run. In the bottom of the second, Jakob Shuler and Sammy Rowan reached base on four consecutive pitches and moved up a base on a wild pitch. Hunter Rowe then grounded out to second, bringing home Shuler.
Three innings later, Rowe and Caleb Helms walked to start the inning; after a strikeout, Kobe Stephens also walked to load the bases.
With his team hitless until that point, Trever Zink then softly lined the ball down the left-field line for a double, bringing home Rowe and Helms. Shuler follow with a single up the middle that brought home Stephens and Zink, upping the Indiana lead to 5-0.
Post 254 pitcher Jesse Stallings (3-0) held Kennewick scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, when he gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases and was relieved by Corey Ebelhar.
A wild pitch led to one run, and Blake Loftus followed with a two-run single that closed the gap to 5-3. But Ebelhar was able to coax a grounder from the next batter to produce a double play, and two batters later got a fly ball to center field to end the game.