ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles American Legion Post 342 baseball team struck early and often in its 17-2, five-inning victory against Richmond-Burton on Wednesday night at St. Charles North.
A day after playing to an 11-all, six-inning tie after trailing New Lenox, 11-1, Post 342’s potent offense continued its assault on overmatched R-B as it connected for 16 hits, including six doubles.
“It’s nice to win a laugher, but they’ve got a young team over there so you never know what they’re going to show up with,” Post 342 coach Dale Wilderspin said. “Obviously that worked against them, but I give our guys a lot of credit and they played really well.”
Along with its offensive barrage, Post 342 starting pitcher Collin Peterson (St. Charles North) was equally impressive as he retired the first 11 batters in a row before giving up a fourth-inning single to Richmond-Burton’s No. 3 hitter.
“My arm’s been bothering me a little bit lately so it feels good to come back from that,” said Peterson, who finished with seven strikeouts and only one walk. “I pitched pretty well and had a good game. The whole team did a real nice job.”
Jack Dennis, a fellow North product, highlighted the performance as he went 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
“This was Jack’s first game with us and obviously the young man can swing the bat, but he’s a good player and he’s going to help us a lot,” Wilderspin said.
Post 342 scored a pair of runs in the first, one in the second and seven in both the third and fourth innings. After Nick Huskisson (St. Charles East) drove in SCN’s Tim Misner (single) on a sacrifice fly to center in the first inning, Dennis connected for the first of his two doubles, a bloop shot down the right field line, allowing North’s Ryan Thomas (double) to score.
A run-scoring double from Misner in the second gave Post 342 a 3-0 lead and Huskisson’s two-run single to left pushed the hosts advantage to 10-0 in the third.
“We had a really good day at the plate,” Peterson said. “Guys were really seeing the ball well and they were sitting back and driving pitches out of the infield, so it was good to see that.”
A bases-clearing, three-run single from Geneva’s Dan Berendt in the fourth highlighted Post 342’s second seven-run frame as the team improved to 8-2-1.
“We didn’t quit and everybody kept fighting,” Peterson said. “So hopefully this will carry over to the next game.”