Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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July 26, 2013

Belleville halts Post 120 offense in 2-0 win

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Aaron Meyer hit a bloop single to center field, and the throw to third baseman Devin Wright in an attempt to pick off Bauer was mishandled. The error scored Bauer and turned out to be all the offense Post 58 needed.

"You just can't take anything for granted," Rakowski said. "Sometimes you get those bounces. Today, that one goes our way."

The Hilgards' lead was extended to 2-0 in the seventh when Bryce Richter connected on an RBI single to right field to score Bauer, his second run of the game.

Held to three hits through six innings, Post 120 turned up its offense late in an attempt to even the score.

"It took us two rotations through our lineup before we realized we weren't going to see a fastball," Hayes said. "It took us too long to adjust to that."

Trying to make up for lost time, Post 120 dinged Sandheinrich for three more hits over the last three innings, with its best chance at scoring coming in the ninth.

Tanner Traub hit a leadoff single to center, giving the Post 120 dugout some life. In the ensuing at-bat, Nate McDonald stung a line drive that appeared to be safely out of the infield, but Meyer climbed the ladder at shortstop and plucked the ball out of the air for the first out.

"That last ball Nate hit, he adjusted," Hayes said. "I never thought that shortstop would make that play. I think he caught it behind him."

After losing some momentum, Quandt hit into a 1-4-3 double play that finished the game.

"You know, 2-0, we're right there," Hayes said. "A very winnable ballgame."

Dirk Levitt paced the 120 offense with two singles, while Clayton Ruckman, Carter Hayes and Traub finished with one single apiece.

With the tough loss, Post 120's terrific season came to an untimely end.

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