Retif Oil and Peake BMW Battle 9 Innings, Run Out of Time, Settle for a 1-1 Tie
Retif vs. Ponstein’s: Wednesday, June 8, at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, 7 PM
Retif Oil put up one run in the first inning and tried to hold on to its one-run lead over Brother Martin-based Peake BMW in Monday night’s feature American Legion game at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Peake tied the game in the sixth inning and after seven regulation innings, the two teams battled two extra innings. After Retif batted in the bottom of the ninth, the whistle blew on the two-hour and 15 minute time limit set for Legion games. Both teams shook hands and called it a tie game.
Both teams had opportunities to post runs, but the offensive threats were either snuffed or imploded.
Both teams each mustered five hits; each team committed four errors.
Retif’s hits were off the bats of second baseman Marc Theberge (who singled and doubled), shortstop Nick Ray, center fielder Stephen Sepcich, and third baseman Hunt Conroy. Peake’s pitchers walked a total of four Retif batters while striking out six.
Davis Martin, a lefty, started for Retif and pitched five innings, giving up one hit, walking one, and striking out seven batters. Martin’s otherwise solid performance was marred only by two Peake batters who were plunked by wayward pitches. Martin was relieved by Andrew Cashman, a rising junior who throws right-handed. Cashman pitched the remaining four innings, giving up Peake’s only run on four hits. He walked two batters and struck out one.
Retif brings a 6-1-1 record to Wednesday night’s game against Ponstein’s. On Tuesday, June 7, Retif played De La Salle at John Ryan Stadium in a game that was inserted into the Legion schedule at the last minute. After seven innings and no score, the game went into extra innings. But Retif needed just one extra inning to pull out a 1-0 walk-off victory in the bottom of the eighth. Alex Watermeier doubled and scored on Tripp Ledet’s single up the middle. Retif’s Zack Smith pitched a complete eight inning shutout
As a team, Retif is batting.233, and while the summer is young, for the sake of comparison, the 2015 Oilers finished with a team batting average of .288.