Helmuth-Ingalls’ Ian Foxton (19) slides safely into second as Utica’s Josh True applies the tag. 

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ball21-121x130Utica Post 229 traveled to Clinton on Saturday evening to tangle with Helmuth-Ingalls Post at Clinton High School and came away with a 6-5, District 5 American Legion Baseball victory.

Mike Alesandro earned the win on the mound for Utica, which improved to (2-8) in league play.

Sherburne-Earlville’s, Mike Wilson, suffered the loss on the hill for Helmuth-Ingalls, which dropped to (4-6) and into ninth place in the sixteen team, league standings. 

The top eight teams qualify for the District 5 playoffs. 

Utica got on the board first in this one. In the top of the first inning Josh True singled and later scored on an RBI single off the bat of Ryan Piccola, to give Post 229 a 1-0 lead, which would hold up until the second inning.

Helmuth-Ingalls DH Andrew Taft (18) is greeted by his teammates following his two run homer.

In the home half of the second, Clinton Division I recruit, Andrew Taft, led off with a long double to left field.

Ian Foxton stepped in next and singled to right, scoring Taft and tying things up at 1-1.

After Alesandro got Anthony Rizzo to strike out looking, Ryan Hogan laced an RBI single, to score Foxton and give Helmuth Ingalls Post 232 a 2-1 lead, which is the way we’d go to the third.

ball21-121x130After a scoreless third and fourth inning, Utica grabbed the lead back in the top of the fifth.

Ryan Krigger drew a leadoff walk and Connor Roth followed him up by reaching first on a throwing error by Wilson.

Krigger and Roth advanced to second and third on Wilson’s throw.

With runners at second and third and nobody out, Josh True’s infield ground ball to third scored Krigger, to make it 2-2.

After Jordan Treen popped out for the second out, Matt Haddad singled home True, to give Utica a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth.

Utica Post’s Josh True (4) belts a 5th inning single as Helmuth-Ingalls catcher Will Blazer looks on.

Helmuth-Ingalls got things rolling in their half of the fifth frame.

Will Blazer started things off with a one out single and quickly stole second base.

Austin Bouse then clocked an RBI single to right center to score the blazing Blazer. We were then knotted up at 3-3. 

ball21-121x130With Bouse at first base, Andrew Taft blasted a two run homer over the left field wall. All of the sudden, Post 232 had a 5-3 lead.

In a show of great intestinal fortitude, Alesandro bore down and got the next two Helmuth batters in order to end the threat.

Post 229 went back to work in the visitors side of the sixth frame and took back the lead for good.

Ryan Piccola led things off with a single. That was it for Wilson on the mound.

A wild pitch from reliever, Austin Bouse, to Frank Cotrupe, went all the way to the backstop and Picoola went all the way to third from first. 

Helmuth-Ingalls hurler Mike Wilson delivers a first inning pitch.

Bouse got Cotrupe on strikes for the first out, but Josh Long singled on the first pitch he saw, scoring Piccola and pulling Utica to within 5-4.

ball21-121x130Consecutive singles from Anthony Criscone and Krigger, put Utica back on top 6-5, which is how we entered the seventh inning.

Neither team was able to plate a run in the final inning and Utica hung on for the win, just their second in ten tries in D-5 play.

The loss was a setback for Helmuth-Ingalls, which is looking to reach the eighth and final playoff spot.

Ryan Piccola paced the Utica attack, going 3 for 3, was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and scored one.

Andrew Taft had two hits for Helmuth-Ingalls, including the two run HR.

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Box Score

                                          1   2   3   4   5   6   7     R    H     E

Utica Post 229                     1   0   0   0   2   3  0     6     7     1

Helmuth-Ingalls Post 232          0   2   0   0   3    0  0    5     6     2