Tuesday’s doubleheader against Columbus seemed to have a little bit of everything for the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team.
Fans got to see solid starting pitching, extra innings, a lot of offense and an FPB sweep.
Five Points Bank defeated Columbus 9-3 in eight innings in the first game of the night and won 6-4 in game two at Prairie Ridge Park.
Hastings’ starter Zach Merrill did his part to win the opening game, throwing seven innings and allowing four hits, one earned run while striking out 10.
“We expected Zach to go deep into the game and give us a chance to win like he usually does, and he definitely did,” said FPB head coach Russ Kindig. “He didn’t have his best stuff — he walked five and hit two — but he kept working and kept us in the game.”
Five Points Bank went into the top of the seventh trailing 2-1 when Ryan Kern stepped up to the plate to lead off the inning. On a 1-0 count, Kern turned on the pitch and hit a home run over the left field fence.
“I knew that I had to come up with something big there, being a senior and everything,” Kern said. “I knew I hit it well, but I had no clue it was a home run. I was just thinking double.”