Post 348 Seniors come back to win from 5 runs down

Pioneers top Valparaiso 8-7


The Zig Drywall Post 348 Senior Legion baseball team pulled off an admittedly improbable comeback Tuesday on its home diamond.
Valparaiso pulled ahead by five runs, but the Pioneers earned the 8-7 victory.
“They came out and they scored four runs (in the first inning),” relief pitcher Tristan Fuhrman said. “That's really hard to come back from.”
And yet coach Jerry Wellwood's team did, improving to 3-3 on the season.
“We just kind of stayed in the game,” Fort Calhoun first baseman Carter Christensen said. “We never lost focus. Kept on competing.”
Even though Chase Premer hit into an error to score Sam Genoways during the first inning, Post 348 still found itself behind 6-1 through four frames.
During the fifth, though, the Pioneers went on a six-run tear. Premer plated Christensen with an RBI single first before pinch-runner AJ Duros scored on a passed ball.
Still down 6-3, Austin Welchert and Genoways supplied RBI swings to the comeback effort. Christensen's RBI single through the right side of the Valparaiso infield, however, scored the go-ahead run.
The visitors responded during the top half of the sixth inning, tying the game at 7-all, but Calhoun had its own response. Premer singled again before Duros stepped in to run the bases. He moved closer to the plate on Levi Lasher's bunt and eventually scored the Pioneers' eighth run on another wild pitch.
“We just scored our one run and that's all we needed,” Christensen said.
Fuhrman, who relieved Post 348 starting pitcher Declynn Otte, struck out all three of the Valparaiso batters he faced during the seventh inning as his team closed out the come-from-behind victory.
“I was just trying to throw strikes,” the right-hander said.
The strategy resulted in a home win under the lights in Fort Calhoun.

Juniors win tournament
The Fort Calhoun Junior Legion baseball team capped a 3-0 run through the Waterloo-Valley Tournament on Sunday with a 9-1 win.
The Pioneers topped Omaha Concordia in the finale with Jake Le and Jeffrey Pringle plating two runs apiece. Kenny Wellwood had two hits and scored two runs, while Genoways — the pitcher — struck out six batters across six innings.
Post 348 had previously defeated both Valley and Arlington in tournament play.
On Tuesday, though, the Pioneers fell to 7-3 overall with a home loss to Valparaiso. The visitors won by a 7-2 score.

Fort Calhoun 8, Valparaiso 7
VALPO 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 — 7
FC (3-3) 1 0 0 0 6 1X — 8

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