Eureka Post 177 took the lead late and defeated Kirkwood 3-2 on Thursday. The game was tied at one with Eureka Post 177 - AAA batting in the bottom of the fifth when Rett Corley drew a walk, scoring one run.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Eureka Post 177 pitchers struck out 12, while the Ace of the Kirkwood pitching staff, Preston Salazar sat down 11.
Eureka Post 177 got things moving in the first inning, when Ethan Gossman singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. In the top of the fourth inning, Kirkwood tied things up at one. #66 doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.
Rett Corley got the win for Eureka Post 177 - AAA. He lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out seven and walking zero. Gossman and Jackson Blackwell entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Gossman recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Eureka Post 177.
Preston Salazar took the loss for Kirkwood. He surrendered three runs on four hits over six innings, striking out 11.
Garrett Fagan started the game for Eureka Post 177 . He lasted three innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out four and walking one
Gossman went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Eureka Post 177 - AAA in hits.