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  • LEGION BASEBALL: Ilion Post nips Little Falls Post 2-1

  • JUNE 18 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL



    Two runs in the first inning proved enough to get Ilion Post 920 a win Monday against Post 31 of Little Falls.



    Joe DeSarro held Little Falls Post hitless into the sixth inning and Ilion Post played error-free defense in its 2-1 victory at Diss Memorial Field. DeSarro struck out seven batters and walked two.

     

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  • ILION POST 2, LITTLE FALLS POST 1
    Two runs in the first inning proved enough to get Ilion Post 920 a win Monday against Post 31 of Little Falls.
    Joe DeSarro held Little Falls Post hitless into the sixth inning and Ilion Post played error-free defense in its 2-1 victory at Diss Memorial Field. DeSarro struck out seven batters and walked two.
    An error in the first inning helped Ilion Post get an early lead. Dan Colburn singled with one out and a throwing error on Xavier Schafer’s ground ball put runners at second and third. Colburn tagged up and scored when Justin Kiesow flew out to right field and DeSarro followed with a run-scoring single to put his team up 2-0.
    From the mound, DeSarro dominated. Kevin Chrisman’s second-inning walk gave Little Falls Post its only base-runner through 5 1/3 innings. DeSarro walked Mike Pointon with one out in the sixth inning and a wild pitch moved the runner into scoring position. Zach Bowerman broke up the no-hitter with a bad-hop single over the shoulder of Schafer at third base. The ball rolled dead in shallow left field as Pointon hustled home from second base to score for the visitors.
    Josh Keeler followed Bowerman with a line drive past diving second baseman Travis Murray for another hit that put runners at first and third with one out. Keeler stole second base with the Ilion Post infield drawn in to defend against the tying run. Dylan Pechtel then hit a hard ground ball that shortstop Tim Nicolette fielded cleanly in time to throw Bowerman out at the plate. The inning ended with Murray catching a short fly ball off the bat of Ryan Moody in shallow right-center.
    Little Falls Post had another scoring chance in the top of the seventh inning. Lucas Godlewski dropped a double on the left field line with one out and advanced to third on Joe Winsman’s ground ball. DeSarro retired Karl Gustafson on a ground ball to first baseman Ryan Fahy to end the game.
    Pointon matched DeSarro on the mound, scattering four hits while allowing two runs, both unearned. The Mohawk Valley Community College right-hander threw 87 pitches in his most extended pitching performance since suffering an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery and forced him to sit out his senior season at Dolgeville High School. Pointon struck out four batters and walked two; he has yet to allow an earned run in 12 innings of summer ball.
    Colburn doubled in the third inning and had two of the four Ilion Post hits. Ilion Post had a scoring chance to the fourth inning when DeSarro drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third base with two outs; Pointon also walked Mike Belmont and the inning ended with Belmont being thrown out after he rounded first and tried to create a rundown to give DeSarro a chance to score.
    Page 2 of 2 - Murray led off the fifth inning with a single and was stranded at third base.
    Both teams play on the road Thursday, Little Falls Post at 5:30 p.m. at SUNYIT against defending state champion Whitestown Post 1113 and Ilion Post at 6 p.m. at Sauquoit Valley High School against Clonan-Wicks-Staley Post 1000.
    ILION POST 2, LITTLE FALLS POST 1
    Little Falls Post    000 001 0 — 1  3  1
    Ilion Post    200 000 X — 2  4  0
    Mike Pointon and Kevin Chrisman. Joe DeSarro and Justin Kiesow. W — DeSarro. L — Pointon. 2B — Little Falls Post, Lucas Godlewski; Ilion Post, Dan Colburn. Records — Little Falls Post 2-5, 1-5 District V; Ilion Post 4-2, 3-0 District V.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports

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