Post 91 rallies to split with Rochester Patriots
Published 10:31 pm Thursday, July 2, 2009
It took awhile, but the Post 91 lineup finally adjusted to a change in velocity to beat the Rochester Patriots 10-4 in the nightcap of a doubleheader, after dropping the first game 6-1 at Marcusen Park Thursday.
The Patriots (13-8 overall) started Andrew Roble in the first game, and the flame-throwing righty struck out seven and allowed just four hits in the seven innings.
In the second game, the Patriots went with Jeff Sipple, who threw with less velocity but had Austin hitters off-balanced for the first three innings.
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Post 91 (5-13 overall) scored twice in the fourth to pull within 4-2 when Andrew Orcutt, who went four-for-five with four RBIs, knocked in two runs with a two out bloop single to center field.
But Post 91 broke it open in the bottom of the sixth, when they plated eight runs, while getting seven hits and sending 13 hitters to the plate.
Adam Hemann hit a one run single to tie the game at four, and John Kirby ripped a two-run double down the left field line to put Post 91 up 6-4 with one out.
“We knew we just had to sit back on (Sipple) because he didn’t have a lot of speed,” Kirby said. “It was tough at first, because they had a real hard thrower in the first game and when you go to a slow thrower you have to get your timing down and wait on it.”
Kirby, who picked up the win on the mound, also had to make an adjustment to his pitching style early on. After allowing three hits, three walks, and three runs in the top of the second, Kirby switched to a two-seam fast ball.
“Usually I throw a hard straight fast ball but they were crushing it,” he said. “So coach (Bob Stratton) had me switch to a two-seamer that tailed off a little bit and the whole game got better after that.”
Kirby allowed just four hits in the next five innings and walked one.
Stratton was pleased to see his team get a quality win over the Patriots.
“We’ve played six good ball games in our last seven and we’re four and three in those games. We’re just not playing giveaway,” he said. “You put the ball in play and good things happen.”
In game one, Rochester’s Brian Anderson had a one-out, two run double in the first inning, and a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning to put the Patriots up 4-0. Austin’s only run came on an RBI single by Quinn Yocom in the seventh.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Patriots 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 10 1
Post 91 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Post 91 pitching: Adam Hemann (L), 7 IP, 10 H, BB, 6 ER, HBP, 6 K
Post 91 hitting: Robert Wahlert, 1-for-3; Steven Rizzi, 0-for-3; Joel Swatfager, 0-for-2, BB; Hemann, 1-for-3; John Kirby, 1-for-3, double, R; Quinn Yocom, 1-for-3, RBI; Preston Higbe, 0-for-3; Nate Paris, 0-for-3; Adam McMasters, 0-for-2
Patriots pitching: Andrew Roble (W), 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 7 K
Patriots hitting: Jordan Stokes, 2-for-4, double; Matt Miller, 0-for-4; Joe Moen, 1-for-3, RBI, BB; Alex Peterson, 2-for-3, RBI; Brian Anderson, 2-for-4, HR, double, 4 RBIs; Derek Hovich, 1-for-3; Roble, 0-for-3; Ben Van Vooren, 0-for-2; Eric Williams, 1-for-3; Robin Heilshov, 1-for-1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Patriots 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 7 3
Post 91 0 0 0 2 0 8 0 10 15 2
Post 91 pitching: Kirby (W), 7 IP, 7 H, 4 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 K
Post 91 hitting: Andrew Orcutt, 4-for-5, 4 RBIs, R; Rizzi, 1-for-4, RBI, R; Hemann, 2-for-5, RBI, R; Swatfager, 1-for-4, double, R, BB; Kirby, 3-for-4, double, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Brady Klingfus, 2-for-3, RBI, 2 R; Higbe, 1-for-2; Jacob Hines, 0-for-3, BB; Jack Miller, 0-for-2; Paris, 2 R; Yocom, 1-for-2; Robert Wahlert, 1-for-1, 2 R, BB
Patriots pitching: Jeff Sipple (L), 5 1/3 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 K, 2 HBP
Patriots hitting: Stokes, 1-for-3, double, BB; Williams, 1-for-4; Peterson, 0-for-4; Anderson, 1-for-2, double, 2 BBs; Miller, 1-for-4; Steven Fry, 0-for-2, BB; Gary Rysavy, 1-for-3, RBI; Van Vooren, 1-for-3