The start to the season has been both good and bad for the Robinson American Legion Post 69 baseball team.
Post 69 opened their slate with a pair of wins at a tournament in Linton Saturday, June 14, but then dropped three straight on Sunday, June 15.
Robinson then picked up a 7-5 win in the first game of a doubleheader with Olney Tuesday, June 17, only to lose the second game, 12-4.
At Linton Saturday, Robinson opened play with a 9-8 win over Linton.
Post 69 trailed 4-2 after one inning, but pulled within 4-3 with a run in the third. Linton plated three runs in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead, but Robinson came back with two in the third, then struck for three in the seventh to take an 8-7 lead. Robinson added another run in the eight for a 9-7 lead, while Linton scored once in the bottom of the ninth, but could not get the tying run across the plate.
Blake Hale led Post 69 at the plate with three singles and two runs scored, while Tyler Woods doubled and scored twice. B.J. Ramsey posted a double and a run scored, Jacob Lorance singled and scored two runs, Cole Blankenbeker added a base hit and a run scored, Chance Wall singled and Logan Goodwin and Dyllan Staley each scored a run.
In their next game, Robinson edged Madison by the same 9-8 score.
After Madison scored once in the bottom of the first, Robinson responded with six runs in the top of the second to take the lead for good. Madison plated two runs in the bottom of the second to close the gap to 6-3, but Robinson scored single runs in the third and fourth to push their lead to 8-3. Madison would get two runs back in the fourth, but Post 69 added another run in the fifth to make the score 9-5. Madison rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Robinson was able to hang on for the win.
Ramsey led the offense for Robinson with a home run, three runs batted in and a run scored, while Brayden Scott singled twice and scored a run. Staley posted a base hit, two runs scored and a run batted in, Blankenbeker singled, drove in a run and scored a run and Woods, Logan Goodwin, Hunter Goodwin and Joe Riggs each scored a run.
On Sunday, Post 69 opened with a 14-4 loss to Crawfordsville. Robinson trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the third, but plated a pair of runs to pull within 4-3. However, Crawfordsville broke through for four runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to take a 12-3 lead. Robinson got a run back in the sixth, but Crawfordsville tacked on two more in the seventh to reach the final margin.
Staley led Post 69 at the plate with two singles, a run batted in and a run scored, while Hale singled twice and scored a run. Scott added a double, Blankenbeker and Logan Goodwin each singled and Woods and Ramsey scored a run apiece.
In their next game, Post 69 was thumped by Madison, 16-5. Madison scored in every inning and plated at least two runs in five different frames. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning and led 7-2 after two, while Robinson got to within 9-5 after four. Madison pulled away at that point, scoring twice in the fifth and sixth, then tacking on three more in the seventh.
Woods led the offense for Robinson with a home run, two runs batted in and a run scored, while Rex Grissom singled, knocked in a run and scored a run. Hale and Hunter Goodwin added a base hit and a run scored apiece and Logan Goodwin scored a run.
In their final game of the tournament, Post 69 fell short to Greene County, 10-8. Greene County opened the scoring with three runs in the second, only for Post 69 to score four times in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead. Greene County answered with three in the third to take a 6-5 lead, while Robinson got a run back in the fourth. Greene County added a run in the top of the sixth to make the score 7-5, but Robinson rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, 8-7. However, Greene County followed with a three-run seventh to grab the lead back and was able to hold on for the win.
Ramsey led the offense for Post 69 with two singles and four runs batted in, while Hunter Goodwin singled three times and scored a run. Grissom singled twice and scored two runs, Hale posted two hits and a run batted in, Staley singled and scored a run, Blankenbeker scored twice, Logan Goodwin added a run batted in and a run scored and Riggs scored a run.
Against Olney Tuesday, Robinson scored a pair of runs late to hold on for a 7-5 win in a see-saw affair in game one.
Post 69 scored twice in the first to take an early lead, while Olney got a run in the top of the second. Robinson added a run in the fourth to make the score 3-1, only to see Olney score three times in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Robinson came back with two runs in their half of the inning to grab a 5-4 edge, but Olney pushed across a run in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 5-5. Post 69 answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead and they were able to hold on for the win.
Ramsey led Robinson at the plate with a double, a single, three runs batted in and a run scored, while Woods doubled and knocked in two runs. Hale posted a double, a single and a run scored, Grissom added a base hit, Logan Goodwin scored two runs and Riggs, Blankenbeker and Nate Meese each scored a run.
Woods earned the win on the mound, allowing five runs on 14 hits, while walking none and striking out one in six innings. Blankenbeker pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save, giving up a hit and walking two.
In game two, Olney scored early and often and cruised to a 12-4 win. Olney plated a run in the first and four in the second to take a 5-0 lead, while Robinson scored twice in the bottom of the second to stay within striking distance. Olney then erupted for six runs in the third to extend their advantage to 11-2. Olney would add another run in the seventh, while Robinson scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to reach the final margin.
Ramsey again led Post 69 at the plate with two doubles and a run scored, while Hale doubled, singled and scored a run. Meese added a base hit and a run scored, Grissom singled and Logan Goodwin scored a run.