Legion Post 366 edges Buhler 9-8


Tyler Ediger delivers a pitch in the first inning Thursday night at Buhler. He lasted four innings and finished with a no-decision.

Legion Post 366 closed out its regular season with a 9-8 win in a nailbiter Thursday at Buhler.

Trailing 6-5 entering the top of the seventh, Jacob Fish, Cole Svoboda and Tyler Ediger recorded back-to-back-to-back base hits to gain a 7-6 lead. Fish hit a 1-out single, Svoboda knocked a ground-rule double, and Ediger drove in both runners with a double down the third base line.

Jacob Edwards followed with a walk, and Jace Francka drove in two insurance runs with a double to left field.

Both of the extra markers were necessary, as Buhler loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Jacob Edwards replaced Dylan Delk after Buhler posted consecutive singles. Then consecutive walks scored a run and loaded the bases for Buhler?s sixth hitter. But Edwards struck out two batters to seal the victory.

Behind Ediger, who lasted four innings as the starting pitcher, Hillsboro built a 5-2 lead. The lead evaporated in the blink of an eye, as four fifth-inning walks turned into four Buhler runs.

Hillsboro led 1-0 after Svoboda scored on Ediger?s double in the top of the first, but nearly fumbled the lead in the second inning.

Aaron Holmes? single tied the score at 1-1, but Fish put his throw home from shallow center field on target and with enough velocity to put out the Buhler baserunner aggressively waved home by his third base coach.

Svoboda crushed a 2-run double for a 3-1 lead in the third, and singled in the top of the fifth. He finished 3-for-3 with five total bases, two RBI and a run scored.

Coming? Post 366 is slated to play in the District 7 tournament, with its first game Friday night against the Salina Aces in Marion. The winner will face Buhler Saturday at 1 p.m., with the 1-loss teams set to meet at 6 p.m. The winner of the double-elimination tournament will be decided Sunday,

Marion will vie for the District 4 title, with its first game set for 8:30 p.m. Friday. The other District 4 teams are Herington and Salina Indians.

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