Earney Leads Post 18 Past New Haven

SULLIVAN -- After churning out four runs in the first two innings Tuesday against New Haven, Sullivan’s offense went quiet across the next four innings.

The silence allowed New Haven to catch up and cut the deficit to 4-3 entering the bottom of the sixth.

Aided by a couple errors and a missed play, Sullivan tacked on three runs and secured a 7-3 win over Post 366 at “Sunny” Jim Bottomley Park. 

Joshua Earney’s two-out, two-run triple was the dagger, set up by a pair of walks and an error. 

Earney’s triple almost never happened. He popped up a ball up in foul territory and neither the catcher nor the third baseman could make the play.

One pitch later, he crushed a ball to the right field gap, scoring Ethan Kackley and Andrew Branson. 

All three runs in the sixth scored with two outs, sparked by Garrett Juergens’ walk. Juergens stole second and scored when he stole third and the ball sailed into left field.

Joshua Wiese walked and Branson reached on an error at third to make way for Earney’s blast to the fence.

The runs created a cushion after a tense sixth inning. Wiese took over for Earney with Sullivan up 4-2 and allowed a walk and single. An errant pickoff throw allowed Post 366 to scratch across a run. A groundout moved the tying run to third with one out. Wiese hung tough and struck out the next two batters to preserve the lead.

Wiese was lifted with one out in the seventh for Branson. Branson shut the door with a strikeout and groundout. 

Earney picked up the win with a dominant outing. He struck out 10, allowed one hit, one walk and no earned runs. 

Post 366 scored in the first on an error and a single to right that was wiped out when Alec Bell recorded a rare 9-3 putout from right field. 

Sullivan hit back in the the bottom half of the inning with three runs. Juergens walked, Wiese singled up the middle and Branson reached on an error, which allowed both runners to score. Branson came around to score on a single by Earney.

In the second, Collin Immekus drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a single by Cooper Beckett. Juergens walked, which loaded the bases. Wiese chopped a single up the middle to bring home Immekus for a 4-1 lead. 

Earney cruised through the second and third innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. He allowed a leadoff single and got the next two outs, but a wild pitch and a walk put runners at the corners. A passed ball brought the run home, making it 4-2. Earney finished the inning with a strikeout. He came back out for the fifth and struck out the side. 

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