Late innings doom Rosebud Post 587

Will Johnson

Not only was the heat index over 100 degrees Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field, the Ninth District Missouri American Legion baseball action between Rosebud Post 587 and Rhineland Post 147 was equally at hot.

Playing a doubleheader involving their respective ‘A’ and ‘AA’ teams, Rosebud and Rhineland flashed plenty of leather with both teams making several outstanding defensive plays in spite of the excessive heat Saturday.

Overcoming an early 3-0 deficit, Rosebud plated four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-3 lead.

Trying to come back again in the bottom of the seventh inning, Rosebud had the tying run in the on-deck circle before dropping the ‘A’ game to Rhineland, 8-4.

Battling through a scoreless first inning, Rhineland plated three runs in the top of the second inning off of Rosebud starter Tyler Heidbrink. Two errors, two hits and a walk helped Rhineland to the early lead.

Rosebud had a quick answer in the bottom half of the second.

TC Fisher led the frame off with a single before moving to third base when Colby Smith reached on an error.

Garrett West then tripled to right field before scoring himself when a throw trying to retire him at third base went out of play behind the third-base dugout.

Now tied at 3-3, Rosebud got a two-out RBI single from Bryor Bogle scoring Eli Wilson giving the home team a 4-3 lead.

Still ahead after four innings, Rhineland turned a Rosebud error, two hits and two walks into the tying run and a 4-4 game through five innings.

Walks would continue to haunt Rosebud in the top of the sixth inning.

Three free passes to Rhineland led to two more runs and a 7-4 deficit after six innings.

Trailing 8-4 entering a do-or-die bottom of the seventh, Rosebud had one last gasp.

Back-to-back singles by West and Dominic Grigaitis turned out to be not enough as Rosebud fell in the ‘A’ game of the legion baseball doubleheader.

 West led the Rosebud offense with two hits, two runs batted in and a run scored.

In the ‘AA’ portion of the twin bill between Rhineland and Rosebud, Rosebud tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning but could not take the lead before falling 3-2 on a sixth-inning run scored by Rhineland.

From inning number one, Rosebud’s Trevor Abernathy and Rhineland’s Trent Anderson were locked in a pitcher’s duel which included impressive defense by both sides.

Surrendering consecutive hits to start the game, Abernathy got help on a double play to limit Rhineland’s damage to two runs in the top-half of the first inning.

Helping his own cause in the bottom of the frame, Abernathy doubled and later scored on a two-out RBI single by Heidbrink cutting Rhineland’s lead in half after one inning by a score of 2-1.

Keeping Rhineland off the board in the second and third frames, Abernathy gave his Rosebud offense a chance to tie it up in the bottom of the third inning.

Bogle doubled with one out only to score the tying run on a Fisher RBI single with two outs.

Tied at 2-2 after five innings, Rhineland loaded the bases with three straight singles before scoring the eventual go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk.

Falling 3-2 to Rhineland, Rosebud got hits in the game from Brendan Smith, Colby Smith, Daxton Mehrhoff, Austin Gregory, Abernathy, Bogle, Heidbrink and Fisher.