Aurora’s Aaron Held rips a double during Game 1 of Post 320’s American Legion baseball doubleheader against White on Saturday afternoon in Aurora. Held threw a complete game and went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and four RBIs to lead Aurora to a 14-5 win in the opener. Post 230 also won Game 2, 14-4, to complete the sweep. Photo by Troy Maroney/Register
AURORA – Aurora swept White in an American Legion baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
Post 230 won by the scores of 15-4 and 14-4, as both games ended after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
In the opener, Post 230 scored eight runs in the bottom of the first to overcome an early deficit and take an 8-2 lead. Aurora pushed the margin to 9-2 after two innings, before scoring six in the fourth to go up 15-4.
Aaron Held led the way in the victory. He threw a complete game, allowing just three hits while striking out 10 and walking two. At the plate, Held went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double, and four RBIs.
Lucas Engen added a 2-for-2 effort. He homered and doubled while driving in three runs. Justin Sweet and Justin Behrend both went 2-for-3.
All three of Post 88’s hits came in the first inning, including a two-run home run by Trever Petersen and a double by Dylan Schwartz.
Game 2 was a similar tale, with Aurora overcoming an early deficit and getting another solid pitching effort. After White scored three runs in the top of the first, Aurora scored three in the bottom of the inning and three more in the second to take a 6-3 lead.
White pulled within 6-4 with a run in the third, before Aurora ended the game with two runs in the fourth and six in the fifth.
Justin Sweet threw all five innings, allowing three hits, with 12 strikeouts and two walks. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate while scoring four times.
Austin Held finished 3-for-3 with a home run; and Ryan Zerfas belted a three-run home run.
Post 230 (3-4) plays host to Volga in a doubleheader tonight at 6 in Aurora.
AURORA 15, WHITE 4 (5 inn.)
White 201 10 – 4 3 2
Aurora 810 6x – 15 12 2
AURORA 14, WHITE 4
White 301 00 – 4 3 2
Aurora 330 26 – 14 13 2