Coach Doug Jefferson had some familiarity with Augusta's Post 189 Single-A Legion baseball team Tuesday night.
The Orioles had much of a similar lineup that they did during the high school season. And like during that season, the Legion team showed flashes of great play.
The Orioles started quickly in Game 1 of their home doubleheader against Wellington. They put up two runs in the first and four more in the third on way to a convincing 9-4 victory.
The Legion team found itself in a battle in the nightcap as Wellington's bats struck early and often. After Augusta tied the game 5-5, Wellington scored three runs in the fourth and never looked back on way to a victory to get a split.
In the opener, the Orioles showed spirit by getting a lot of work done at the plate with two outs. In the first, Augusta got out on a grounder and pop-up, but Michael Albright kept the inning alive with a single, then got to second on a throwing error. Kolton Schenker then drove him in with a clean hit for a 1-0 lead. Schenker then scored after Ian Rogers brought him in on a base hit for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Augusta's first batters flew out and struck out, but the Orioles finished the inning with five hits and opened up a 7-2 lead. Schenker doubled and scored offf another RBI single by Rogers. Connor Hurst blasted an RBI triple after he sprinted around the bases quickly enough to nearly catch up to pinch runner Nigel Callison. Hurst later scored on a balk, and Augusta added one more RBI hit before Wellington finally changed pitchers to get the third out.
Albright added an RBI single in the fourth to score Mason Hiser, who reached on an error.
Kade Trebbe blooped a liner to left field to drive in Hurst for the Orioles' final run during the fifth.
Jake Lanier drove in a run for the Orioles, and Cole Howerton added a base hit.
On the mound, Schenker threw three strikeouts and allowed three hits, two runs and one walk through three innings of play. Hiser came in for three innings of relief work. He had five strikeouts and allowed just one hit and one run with two walks. Rogers pitched the final inning, throwing two strikeouts.
Hurst had a solid, busy day in centerfield. He caught three straight fly balls during the second inning of Game 2 and covered a lot of ground throughout the day. Schenker caught a fly ball in right field and quickly made a brilliant throw to home to prevent a sacrifice fly during the game.
But Wellington was able to get enough done at the plate to overcome the Orioles' defense. Wellington got two hits and two runs, one of which was unearned, for a 2-0 lead to start Game 2.
Page 2 of 2 - Augusta came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Hiser and Albright walked, and Hurst and Schenker drove in runs to take the lead.
Wellington reclaimed the lead in the third inning with three runs of its own. Augusta tied the game 5-5 in the third, but Wellington jumped ahead 8-5 after four innings and held on to the lead for the split.
Augusta's next game will be on the road against El Dorado Thursday night.