Austin Post 91 beats Rochester Eagles in 10 innings in elimination game

Published 12:22 am Monday, July 19, 2010

The Austin Post 91 Legion team earned their way into the playoffs Sunday night, with a thrilling, 10-inning 8-6 win over the Rochester Eagles on the road.

Preston Higbe pitched a gem, going the distance and striking out 12 batters along the way. He gave up six hits, walked five and allowed four earned runs.

“This was a good win,” coach Bob Stratton said. “We were resilient. Preston pitched one heck of a game.”

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The teams traded runs throughout the game. Post 91 took a two-run lead into the ninth, but the Eagles responded with two more to tie the game.

Going into the 10th, Quinn Yocom singled and Joey Swatfager reached on a walk, bringing Adam McMasters to the plate who doubled to bring in Yocom and Swatfager for what would be the winning runs.

“We then shut them down in the bottom of the 10th,” Stratton said.

McMasters, along with Mark Harber, ended the day with three RBIs and Swatfager scored four times. Mike Tindal, Yocom, Swatfager, Harber and Brady Klingfus all added two hits.

Post 91 will face the Rochester Patriots in Rochester in the first round the playoffs Tuesday, at 5 p.m. Austin suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Patriots this past Friday.