Steeleville American Senior Legion BBK Post 480 came away champions of the Senior Legion Tournament held at John A. Logan College with a 4-1 win over Christopher on June 17.
Steeleville shot out of the gates of the championship game with four runs in the first. Dusty Sutton led off with a walk. Jacob Sutton flew out to right for the first out before Owen Gross reached on an error. Jordan Wilson reached on fielders choice that drove in Sutton. Ryan Vogt followed with a base hit loading the bases. After a strike out for the second out, Nathan Parkinson delivered a two-run double putting Steeleville on top 4-0. That score would hold until the fifth inning when Christopher got one run on the board. Steeleville shut down the Christopher offense the rest of the way giving them a 4-1 win and the tournament title.
Jordan Wilson pitched the first three scoreless innings allowing one hit, walking three and striking out three. AJ Stearns tossed the next two giving up one run on three hits, three walks and striking out two. Parkinson worked the sixth inning giving up nothing while striking out two. Dusty Sutton was 1 for 2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. Owen Gross was 1 for 3 with two stolen bases and a run scored. Vogt was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and a run scored. Parkinson went 2 for 3 with a double, a stolen base and two RBI. Steeleville is now 7-1 for the season.
June 17: Steeleville 3, Orient 0
Steeleville took on Orient for the right to play in the championship game at the John A Logan Tournament. The game would remain scoreless through five innings before Steeleville broke through. With two outs in the sixth, Owen Gross tripled. Bradley Mevert followed with an RBI single. Nathan Parkinson doubled scoring Mevert and Gavin Conway matched that with a double scoring Parkinson giving Steeleville a 3-0 lead. Orient could not answer in the seventh and Steeleville won 3-0. Ryan Vogt was outstanding on the mound pitching seven innings of two hit ball while striking out eleven.
June 16: Steeleville 10, Herrin 0
Steeleville's first game in the tournament was a rematch with Herrin with the same result. The first four hitters for Steeleville all reached base and scored in the first inning. They added five more in the second and put one more on the board in the fifth to short game Herrin again with a 10-0 win. Dusty Sutton again paced Steeleville going 2 for 4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Eli Wittenborn was 1 for 1 with two runs scored and an RBI. Jordan Wilson went 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI. Owen gross pitched five scoreless innings allowing three hits and striking out eight.
June 12: Steeleville 10, Herrin 0
The Senior Legion baseball team bounced back Tuesday night at home against Herrin. Coming off their first loss of the season, the boys rebounded in a big way. Steeleville scored two in the first, three in the second, two in the fourth and three more in the fifth to blow out Herrin 10-0. Owen Gross went 1 for 2 with a double, two walks, three runs scored and an RBI. Dusty Sutton was 3 for 3 with two doubles, a walk, four runs scored and three RBI. Jordan Wilson was 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI and Mel Mulholland went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. On the mound, Nathan Parkinson threw 3 and two thirds innings allowing five hits, three walks, struck out four and gave up no runs. Owen Gross tossed a scoreless inning and a third, walking one and striking out three. Steeleville improved to 4-1 for the season.
June 11: West Frankfort 7, Steeleville 1
Steeleville was handed its first loss of the season by West Frankfort June 11 in Steeleville. West Frankfort got the first run of the game in the top of the 4th on two walks and two singles. Steeleville finally broke through in the bottom of the 7th. Eli Wittenborn led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Jordan Wilson struck out but Dusty Sutton and Gavin Conway each came through with base hits, Conway's hit scoring Wittenborn. The game would remain tied until the 9th when West Frankfort poured it on. They would score six in the inning sending eleven batters to the plate getting seven hits. Steeleville could not answer giving West Frankfort a 7-1 win.