GRAYVILLE -- A surplus of thunderstorms and rain have considerably stunted much of the summer baseball season, but for the last week at least, it's held off enough for teams to play.
Grayville Sr. Post 696 hosted Harrisburg Sr. Legion for a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, just prior to additional thunderstorms rolling through the area.
Harrisburg defeated Post 696 16-0 in the first game and 13-5 in the second game of the doubleheader, ending the day with a pair of convincing victories.
Cole Neeley took the mound in game for Post 696 and ran into trouble right away.
The Harrisburg hitters exploded early on, scoring six runs through the first two innings, followed by six runs in the third. Neeley allowed 12 runs, though just six were earned, with Post 696 recorded six errors in the game. He'd last 2 2-3 innings in the shortened, five inning game, allowing 11 hits and a pair of walks.
He'd be supplanted by Cameron Gross, who performed well in his 2 1-3 innings of work.
Gross allowed four runs, but just one earned, fanning two batters, allowing two walks and six hits in relief, though the damage was already done.
Though the Post 696 hitters recorded eight hits, they failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities and as a result, failed to record a run in the rout.
Early on in game two though, it appeared as if Grayville could have a vastly different outcome -- this time in their favor.
Post 696 remedied their struggles with runners in scoring position from game one and seized a commanding 5-0 lead at the end of the second inning as a result. Grayville had RBIs from Kent Miller, Nathaniel Wilson, Adam Stoneberger, Tyler Peach and Levi Stockton in the first two innings.
Those bats were silenced late in the game, however. Harrisburg shutout Grayville through the course of the remaining five frames, and the Harrisburg bats woke up after a scoreless first two innings.
Harrisburg knocked Stoneberger (the starter) and Wilson for a combined 12 runs, nine earned in the concluding 5 1-3 innings to come away with a 13-5 come from behind victory. Notably, the game was just 6-5 heading into the sixth inning, with Harrisburg holding a slight advantage, that is until they exploded for seven runs off of Wilson and a run off Miller, who came on in relief.
Peach and Stockton had perhaps the best day hitting for Post 696. Peach posted a 3-for-7 line with an RBI on the day and Stockton went 3-for-6 with an RBI and a double.
It's certainly been a tough summer to get much time on the field, nonetheless to play a game for Post 696 (3-8). The weather hasn't been very forgiving, causing numerous cancellations in the past month.
They're set for a tough week, weather pending. They'll host Carmi at 6 p.m. on Monday, then host Fairfield on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a doubleheader, followed by ending the week in Carmi at 6 p.m. for another doubleheader. The forecast calls for potential thunderstorms on Wednesday and Friday, so those games could be in doubt as well.
The District Tournament in Harrisburg will follow after the season finale at Boonville on July 8. The tournament will run from July 11-15 with times to be determined.
Game one scoring:
H -- 3 3 6 4 0 -- 16
G -- 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Post 696 pitching in game one: LP -- Neeley 2 2-3 IP, 11 H, 2 BB, 12 R, 6 ER.
Game two scoring:
H -- 0 0 4 2 0 7 0 -- 13
G -- 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 -- 5
Post 696 notable game two hitting: Miller 1-for-3, RBI. Wilson 0-for-4, RBI. Stoneberger 1-for-2, RBI. Peach 1-for-4, RBI. Stockton 2-for-4, 2B, RBI.
Post 696 game two pitching: LP -- Stoneberger 4 IP, 10 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 6 R, 4 ER.