Ben Held after scoring the winning run in Friday night's game against St. Charles Post 312.
By: Kyle Quick
New Haven, Mo. - New Haven Post 366's wild and dramatic come from behind win last night, edging past St. Charles Post 312 5-4 marked New Haven's second straight after Ben Held threw a complete game shutout on Thursday against Wentzville. (4-0)
"It may have not been the prettiest win but the kids never gave up and it paid off with a win tonight," coach Hansi Block said after the game.
New Haven trailed 4-2 off just two hits after five innings. St. Charles lead off the sixth with back-to-back base hits, but Cole Lensing was able to force a pop up to left field.
St. Charles had pretty well controlled the momentum until they handed New Haven a double play, served up on a silver platter.
With runners on first and second and just one out, St. Charles' Tyler Renaud smoked a line drive right at New Haven's center fielder Conner Lane, who then made a game changing play, doubling up Adam Finley at second base to end the inning. Setting the stage for New Haven to mount their comeback.
Cory Bean drew a walk to leadoff the bottom of the sixth after being down in the count 0-2. Dalton Gilling followed up with a single to right field. After Drew Loehning went down swinging, Brandon Carey reached base off an infield hit to load the bases with one out.
On the very first pitch Dylon Goodwin laid a bunt down the third baseline, catching St. Charles' infield off guard.
Third baseman, Lucas Dowdall fielded the ball but a wild throw allowed Bean to score,(pictured right) as Gilling rounded third, Block waved him home who ended up running into Dowdall after wondering into the baseline.
Gilling's run would count after fielder's interference was called on Dowdall, tying the game at 4-4.
"We had not been hitting the ball very well so I thought why not change it up. Put the ball in play and force them to make a play. It worked out."
Lensing retired St. Charles's leadoff hitter to begin the seventh but then walked Collin Papka. With a full count on Kyle Grande, Lensing caught Papka sleeping at first base, picking him off, making it two outs, followed by striking Grande on the ensuing pitch.
In the bottom of the seventh Ben Held ripped a shot up the middle for a one out base hit representing the winning run. Bean followed with a sacrifice bunt, moving Held to second.
Gilling, who singled and scored the tying run in the sixth came through with an a game winning two out RBI single, scoring Held after advancing to third off a wild pitch earlier in Gilling's at bat.
With Friday's win New Haven improves to 5-6 in league play, picking up their second straight as they head into Saturday's double header against Elsberry with the first game beginning at 1 p.m.
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