The Augusta Orioles ended their season Sunday as a very tired and tried squad after losing two games in the American Legion Zone 5 tournament at Wheeler Stadium.


 


The Augusta Orioles ended their season Sunday as a very tired and tried squad after losing two games in the American Legion Zone 5 tournament at Wheeler Stadium.


The Orioles, who were without three of their top players due to injury, lost to the Andover Trojans 10-0 in a first round game and ran out of gas in the final two innings in losing to Emporia 23-9 in a loser’s bracket game to end their season finale. Both games ended due to the American Legion’s seven inning, 10-run rule.


The game against the Trojans started Saturday night, but storms that hit the area caused the game to be suspended with Andover leading 2-0 in the middle of the third inning. When the two teams returned Sunday afternoon, the Trojans got another run in the top of the fourth to push ahead 3-0.


Augusta, which finishes its season with an 11-16 record, couldn’t take advantage of its only scoring chance against Andover in the bottom of the fourth. The Orioles couldn’t get across a run even though they had runners at second and third with nobody out. Andover completed the scoring with seven runs in the top of the fifth.


Christian Ingalls was the losing pitcher for the Orioles. He pitched four innings and gave up three runs (two earned) in suffering the setback on the mound. Brad Lakey had two of Augusta’s three hits in the loss to Andover.


The Orioles struck first in their game against Emporia when Brandon Alber hit a game-opening triple and scored on a groundout by Lakey. After Emporia tied the game in the bottom of the first, the Orioles regained the lead when Cody Patten scored on a fielder’s choice by Dereck Chilcott.


Emporia was able to take the lead in the second inning on a bases-loaded triple and added two more runs in the third to take a 6-2 lead.


Augusta struck back in the top of the fourth inning for seven runs to regain the lead at 9-6. Patten hit a two-run double and later scored on a balk. Alber hit a RBI single and Lakey followed with a RBI fielder’s choice. The final two runs for the Orioles were scored on an error.


Then the weariness of the Orioles took hold and Emporia was able to take advantage.
Emporia scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead; then got their first 12 batters on base and sent 19 players to the plate in a 13-run sixth inning to close out the scoring.


Lakey was the losing pitcher for the Orioles in the second game.


Andover and Emporia will play at 5 p.m. today at Wheeler Stadium. If Emporia beat Andover, then a second game to determine the championship will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.