Legends handcuff Rangers in doubleheader sweep
Another strong pitching performance by Kaleb White helped the Legacy Legends American Legion baseball team pick up two more wins Saturday.
White struck out seven and gave up just one hit as the Legends beat the Meridian (Idaho) Rangers in the opening game, 4-1.
The Rangers led in the nightcap, but the Legends rallied in the sixth inning to take a 3-2 decision.
The two victories improved the team’s record to 12-1.
A road trip to play the Walla Walla Merchants Friday was rained out. The Washington team is the only team to beat the Legends this season.
In the first game, the Legends scored first in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.
Logan Lankford started the offense with a single, and moved to second when J.C. Rogers singled.
Jake Chamberlain’s double scored both Lankford and Rogers.
Then an infield error by Meridian’s Zach Toney let Seth Madsen get safely to first and allowed Chamberlain to score, giving the Legends a 3-0 lead.
Although the Rangers rallied for one run in the top of the second inning, that would be all the scoring Meridian could muster.
Lawney Staggs got on base when White hit him with a pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Tim Jones.
The Legends added their final run in the bottom of the second when Eli Childs got a walk from starter Nathan Pena.
Lankford finished the game with two hits, while Wisdom, Rogers, Chamberlain, Mitch Workinger and Daniel Cribbs each finished with one.
Lankford, Wisdom and Chamberlain each had doubles.
White gave up only one hit in the game -— to Meridian’s Toney.
In the second game, Workinger threw a three-hitter in a pitching duel with Tim Jones of Meridian.
It was a scoreless battle until the top of the fourth inning when Meridian scored two runs, thanks in part to a pair of Legend errors.
The Rangers held the 2-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth inning.
Meridian’s southpaw was getting tired, according to Legends head coach Parker McKinley.
After Rogers got a one-out single, the hurler walked three straight batters to force the first run across.
Cribbs hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Chamberlain, tying the game.
Workinger scored the winning run on a Meridian error.
In the top of the seventh, the Rangers went down in order, giving the Legends the win.
Jones struck out eight and gave up four hits and four walks in just over five innings on the mound.
Chamberlain led the Legends at the plate with two hits, with Rogers and Cribbs each getting one.
The team needs to work more on getting hits off good left-handed pitchers, McKinley said.
The Legends will be hosting Milton-Freewater Tuesday in a doubleheader, starting at 5 p.m.