Omaha PI Midwest shuts out Rapid City at Central Plains Regional
Allen had given up just one hit through eight near-spotless innings against Rapid City, but in the final frame he found himself in a bases-loaded jam with one out.
There was no call to the bullpen. Allen finished off his masterpiece that ended with PI Midwest claiming a 2-0 win at the American Legion Division I Central Plains Regional baseball tournament.
“Going into that last inning, I was running out of gas,” said Allen, who struck out three batters in the complete-game shutout. “When they loaded the bases, I knew I had to get ahead in the count and throw strike one early. I gave the coaches a thumbs-up that I had this one, and I was going to finish it out.”
Allen struck out Rapid City designated hitter Timmy Paris for the final out.
“He was tough and pitched a great game,” PI Midwest head coach Pat Mooney said of Allen. “We don’t do anything in this game without him.”
PI Midwest advances to play at 1 p.m. Saturday. Rapid City ends its season (41-22).
Allen and Rapid City starter Jose Melendez traded zeroes for seven innings. Melendez was lifted for reliever Brandon Soucy.
PI Midwest (43-11) scored its two runs in the eighth inning. Alex Hechtner led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a double by catcher Mike Emodi.
Left fielder Dillon O’Doherty – the team’s No. 4 hitter – followed up with a two-run single to score Hechtner and Emodi.
“Dillon has been swinging a good bat for us all summer,” Mooney said. “When he came up to bat there everything was in our favor. We had two runners in scoring position and the infield was playing in. Dillon got a nice pitch to hit. We haven’t scored a lot of runs in this tournament so we needed the scratch a few out in this one.”
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Allen and Emodi. Melendez, Soucy (8) and Merriam. W–Allen. L–Soucy.