Post 45 comes from behind to beat Lonsdale

The New Prague American Legion Post 45 baseball team made it two wins in a row as they defeated Lonsdale 9-7 Tuesday, June 30, at the New Prague field.

Post 45 overcame a 6-1 deficit as starter Connor Smisek settled down and allowed just one run in the final five innings to get the complete game win.

Lonsdale got a run in the first, but New Prague tied it in the bottom of the inning when Justin Novak tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Thomas Fadden.

Smisek struck out three batters in the second inning, however he also allowed five hits, including a home run by Tyler Bednar, to take a 6-1 lead.

Post 45 got two of those runs back in the second. Mitch Lunder led off with a single, Cody Sampson walked and Austin Bachman singled to load the bases. Then with two outs, Brett Kriha walked to force in a run and Justin Novak was hit by a pitch to force in another.

New Prague tied the game in the third. Zach Dubanoski led off with a walk, Lunder singled and Sampson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bachman hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring in a run, then Smisek doubled to score a run, but Sampson was thrown out at home. The final run scored when Travis Busch's fly ball to right was misplayed for an error.

Post 45 took the lead for good in the fourth when Novak reached on an error and scored on a double by Dubanoski.

New Prague added two more runs in the sixth. Kriha led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Novak and scored on a ground-rule double by Dubanoski. Dubanoski scored later on an error on a pickoff play. He was caught in a rundown between second and third, but a throw went past third base to the fence. Dubanoski slid into third safely, then got up and charged home, just beating the throw.

Lonsdale got one run in the seventh in a comeback attempt as Aaron Kes got a leadoff single and scored on a hit by Brian Rud.

Smisek pitched seven innings and allowed nine hits and seven runs, He struck out eight.

Post 45 had seven hits, two each by Dubanoski and Lunder and one each by Novak, Bachman and Smisek.

This team is improving

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