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Jr. Legion Stays Unbeaten, Defeats Young De Soto

By Michael Boyd Jr.


Ste. Genevieve first baseman Waylon Samples (11) stretches to make the out on De Soto’s Cody Koch (1) during last Monday’s District XIII contest at Yanks Field.

The Ste. Genevieve Jr. American Legion Post 150 summer baseball team rolled over De Soto to stay unbeaten on the season with a 7-1 victory last Monday night at Yanks Field.

Once again, Post 150’s defense backed up their pitching. They turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the second inning despite the bases being loaded in the game just to show for it.

De Soto (1-4, 0-2 District XIII) is made up of several eighth graders getting ready to enter high school as freshmen in August. De Soto also does not have a legion hall to sponsor them. It scored its only run in the top of the second inning.

Ste. Genevieve (8-0, 3-0) scored three times in both the third and fifth frames, and added an insurance run in the sixth.

No. 2-batter Barrett Vaeth, No. 9-batter Bryce Bloom and Waylon Samples each finished 2 for 3 on the night for the host.

Vaeth scored a run and drove in a run, while Bloom also scored. Samples had an RBI.

Pinch hitter Andrew Basler (two stolen bases, run) had one hit. No. 1-batter Wyatt Fallert (run), Carter Viox (walk, run, RBI), Colin Henderson (run), catcher Kellen Tucker (walk, RBI), Justin Schweigert (walk) and designated hitter Johnny Bird (hit-by-pitch, RBI) each contributed to the win.

Carter Grass earned the victory on the mound in just three innings of work. He allowed the earned un on four hits, one walk and hit a batter, while striking out two.

Tyler Gegg and Waylon Samples were relief pitchers and neither allowed any more runs the rest of the way.

De Soto’s Braxton Drummond had a triple and later scored when Cody Koch drove him in.

Trevor Hardin suffered the loss, allowing six runs (all earned) on six hits, seven walks and hit a batter, while striking out four.


Post 150 played in a tournament at Cape Girardeau over the weekend. The first game was played at Notre Dame High.

Those results will be in the June. 28 edition of the Herald.