Rosebud Post 587 falls to eventual district champions

Will Johnson

Looking to continue their season in the Missouri Ninth District Junior American Legion Baseball Tournament, Tyler Ahring’s Rosebud Post 587 AA squad simply had to defeat Wentzville Post 323 back on Wednesday, June 27 to secure the eighth-and-final spot in the district tournament at Washington’s Ronsick Field.

Jumping out to an early 6-0 lead through two innings, Rosebud put the game away with a seven-run seventh inning en route to a 13-3 victory and at least two games of district-tournament baseball.

Opening the game at the plate, Tyler Heidbrink delivered a one-out single before scoring on a two-out RBI single off the bat of TC Fisher for a 1-0 lead.

Fisher’s stay on the base paths was quick as Colby Smith doubled to right field driving in Fisher for a 2-0 advantage after one inning.

In the bottom half of inning number two, Dominic Grigaitis walked before Brendan Smith was hit by a pitch and Austin Gregory singled to load the bases for Bryor Bogle.

Driving a RBI sacrifice fly out to left field, Bogle allowed Grigaitis to score bumping Rosebud’s lead to 3-0.

Javohntae Gates walked to reload the bases bringing up Fisher with two outs.

Looping a base hit to center field, TC drove in Brendan Smith and Gregory to give Rosebud a 5-0 lead.

Colby Smith capped the scoring with a RBI single scoring Gates to put Rosebud out in front 6-0 after two innings behind solid pitching from Gates.

Wentzville battled back with two runs in the bottom of the third and a single tally in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut Rosebud’s lead in half to 6-3.

Following a scoreless sixth inning, Rosebud went into the top of the seventh looking to add some insurance tallies.

Rosebud used two hit batters, four walks, a double and four singles to plate seven runs and go on to a 13-3 victory.

Crossing the plate in the seven-run seventh were Bogle, Heidbrink, Fisher, Colby Smith, Logan Evans, Grigaitis, Brendan Smith and Gregory.

Fisher and Gregory both had two hits leading Rosebud in that department while TC drove in a team-high four runs.

The brotherly duo of Colby and Brendan Smith each had a hit and drove in two runs.

Grigaitis drew a team-high three walks while the quintet of Colby Smith, Gates, Fisher, Evans and Brendan Smith each walked twice.

Crossing the plate twice for Rosebud were Heidbrink, Fisher, Brendan Smith and Gregory.

Two nights later on Friday, June 29, Rosebud opened the Missouri  American Legion AA Ninth District Baseball Tournament against host Washington Post 218 at Ronsick Field.

Falling behind 3-0 after one inning, Rosebud could not find an offensive rhythm before Washington won the game 10-0 in five innings.

Bogle and Abernathy both singled in the top of the first inning to deny Washington a no-hitter and a perfect game.

Washington went on to win the district tournament with an 11-1 victory in six innings over Sullivan Post 11 on Thursday, July 5.

Now in the loser’s bracket of the tournament, it was win-or-go-home the morning of Saturday, June 30 against St. Clair Post 347.

In the early innings, it appeared Rosebud would live to play another game in the tournament leading 7-0 after two innings.

Allowing nine runs in the late innings, Rosebud Post 587 saw their season end via a 13-7 loss to St. Clair in the loser’s bracket.

In Rosebud’s three-run first inning, Bogle scored on an error after reaching on a fielder’s choice before Trevor Abernathy also reached on an error and scored on a Gates RBI single.

Gates later scored giving Rosebud their early 3-0 lead.

Adding to their lead in the top of the second inning, Reese Rehmert singled and scored on a Bogle RBI single. Bogle singled driving in Rehmert before Abernathy doubled home Bogle doubling Rosebud’s lead to 6-0 with only one out.

Gates recorded his second RBI single in as many at-bats driving in Abernathy giving Rosebud their 7-0 lead through two innings.

St. Clair scored four times in the bottom of the third, four more in the bottom of the fifth and five in the sixth to end Rosebud’s season.