Austin Post 91 shakes off Hayfield’s pressure to win 6-4
All he needed was a little pressure.
Every time the Hayfield Post 330 baseball team had a threat, Austin Post 91 pitcher Joey Swatfagger had the answer as he led his team to a 6-4 win in Marcusen Park Monday.
Swatfagger pitched his way out of three jams as he picked up the win in relief.
The biggest escape act came in the top of the seventh when Hayfield’s Drew Kenyon knocked in a run with a chopper that scooted past the Austin infield. Hayfield had runners on first and second with one out and Swatfagger responded by getting Jarred Ellis to fly out and he struck out Drew Streightiff with an off-speed pitch to end the game.
“That’s the best he’s thrown all year,” Post 91 assistant coach Kevin Higbe said of Swatfagger. “I told him when he got off the mound that now he’s a pitcher.”
Swatfagger came in with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning and forced Hayfield’s Tyler Nelson to groundout into a double play to end that inning and preserve a 4-2 lead.
In the sixth, Hayfield had the bases loaded with no outs and Swatfagger struck out Nelson, got Ben Pollock to pop out in shallow center and struck out Evan Bungum.
Offensively, Austin (4-7 overall) did most of its damage off of Hayfield pitcher Shayne Naylor in the third inning when it’s No. 8 hitter Aaron Goetz drew a walk and its No. 9 hitter Jack Miller singled to lead off the frame.
“When they got on, it just gives the top hitters someone to knock in,” said Austin lead-off hitter Quinn Yocom, who was three-for-four with two runs. “I’ve been seeing the ball real well lately, I’d just been hitting it right at the defense. I finally found the holes tonight.”
Yocom singled to set up a a two-run single by Preston Higbe and Austin scored two more runs to go up 4-0 when Mark Harber drew a bases loaded walk and Adam McMasters hit a sacrifice fly.
Higbe doubled in Yocom with two outs in the fourth and Higbe scored on a triple by Swatfagger to make it 6-2.
Higbe said that it was tough to wait on Naylor’s pitches, which weren’t the fastest. But a little practice this week helped him out.
“My brother (Duell) and I have been working in the cage lately. We fixed some kinks and got it worked out — it worked today at least,” he said.
For Hayfield (6-3 overall), the game ended the way it started, by stranding runners in scoring positon. Post 330 left runners at the corners in the first inning when Bungum struck out and Hayfield left the bases loaded in the second when Streightiff lined out to right field.
Hayfield 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 — 4 8 1
Austin 0 0 4 2 0 0 X — 6 9 3
Austin pitching: Quinn Yocom, 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 5 BB, 2 ER, 3 K, 2 HBP; Joey Swatfagger (W), 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 K
Austin hitting: Quinn Yocom, 3-for-4, 2 R; Preston Higbe, 2-for-3, double, 3 RBIs, R; Joey Swatfagger, 2-for-4, triple, RBI; Brady Klingfus, 0-for-4; Mark Harber, 1-for-2, RBI, BB; Adam McMasters, 1-for-3, RBI; Mike Tindal, 0-for-3; Aaron Goetz, R, BB; Jack Miller, 1-for-3, R; Jordan Lysne, 0-for-1, BB
Hayfield pitching: Shayne Naylor (L), 6 IP, 9 H, 2 BBs, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 K
Hayfield hitting: Jared Ellis, 0-for-2, RBI, 3 BBs, SB; Drew Streightiff, 0-for-3, RBI, BB, HBP; Tyler Nelson, 1-for-4; Ben Pollock, 1-for-4; Evan Bungum, 1-for-4, R; Dillon Wanger, 1-for-3, 2 R, BB; Naylor, 1-for-3, RBI, BB; Joe Volgarino, 1-for-2, R, BB, HBP; Drew Kenyon, 2-for-4, RBI