The Murphysboro American Legion team was more than ready to play last Friday evening when it traveled to Missouri for a doubleheader against Cape Girardeau.
Post 127 hadn't played for nearly two weeks, but it didn't show as the visitors won two games, 15-2, and 11-4.
"It was nice to get to play some games and see some people that actually take this serious enough that they actually keep their commitments and want to play some baseball,'' said Murphysboro coach Butch Brasel, whose team missed out on playing several games when opposing teams couldn't field nine-person squads. "We went down there and hit the baseball really well, and played good enough defense, and we pitched it well.
"After not playing for so long, you go down their understanding that you're probably going to split. But we played well enough to sneak out of there with a couple of wins. I couldn't have been more pleased."
Murphysboro (21-5) got on the scoreboard immediately in game one when Kyle Miller drove in Kaleb Jarrett with one out in the top of the first inning..
Post 127 scored three times in that first frame, then plated four more runs in the second to go up, 7-0.
Gavyn Ellet drove in one of those runs, while Mitchell Rose and Nathan Hinkle also had RBIs in the frame.
Murphysboro made it 11-0 in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by Jake Stewart, an RBI double by Dylan Brasel, and a sacrifice fly by Miller.
Cape Girardeau scored its only two runs of the contest in the bottom of the fifth. But Murphysboro answered with four more in the top of the sixth to win via the 10-run rule.
Rose picked up the win. He pitched all six innings, allowing five hits, walking two, and striking out six to improve to 4-0 on the season.
The second game was a bit closer than the first, as both teams scored twice in the first inning.
But Murphysboro grabbed the lead for good in the top of third, scoring four runs on four hits and an error. Aiden McMahan delivered the biggest blow of the frame, blasting a triple that drove in two runs. Michael Crane also drove in a run in the inning to help Post 127 take a 6-2 advantage.
Murphysboro made it 9-2 in the top of the fourth behind run-scoring hits from Crane and Jarrett.
Cape Girardeau scored once in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-3, but Post 127 got RBI singles from Miller and Stewart in the top of the fifth to make it 11-3.
Cape Girardeau closed out the scoring by scoring its final run of the second game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Page 2 of 2 - Jarrett got the win for Murphysboro, while Miller picked up his second save of the season.
The two wins extended Murphysboro's winning streak to 13 games. But that streak ended on Saturday, when Post 127 dropped a 5-4 decision at Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Ste. Genevieve scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the second inning on two hits, a walk, and three hit batsmen.
Murphysboro rallied in the top of the fourth, and scored four times on four hits and a hit batsmen.
One of those runs crossed the plate on Hinkle's fielder's choice, and Miller drove in a run with a single. But the inning ended with runners at first and third when Stewart flied out to center field.
Post 127 had runners and first and second with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, before Justin Pulcher hit into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Murphysboro was scheduled to play a doubleheader with Carrier Mills on Monday, but picked up two forfeit wins instead when the visitors didn't show up.
Post 127 ended its regular season with games at Marion and Centralia on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will host the 25th District Tournament at Riverside Park this weekend. The first two games of the tournament are scheduled to be played on Saturday.