Giving up a crooked number in one inning haunted the Emporia Junior Legion baseball team against the Topeka Senators Thursday night at Soden’s Grove.

The Senators got a seven-run fourth in the opener to boost them to a 12-2 victory and a four-run fourth in the nightcap for a 12-1 mercy-rule win for the sweep.

“We’re seven games in and I think in every single game we’ve had, (we’ve given up) a crooked number and it’s been early on in the game,” Post 5 head coach Cory Shovick said. “When you get down by eight (or) nine runs in a game, it’s hard to dig yourselves out of that hole. We’ve got to stay on the attack from the first to the seventh inning.”

The Senators scored one in the second on a fielder’s choice and extended their lead with seven runs in the fourth. Topeka added one in the fifth and three in the seventh to cap the scoring.

Logan Thomas’ two-run double in the seventh allowed Post 5 to avoid the shutout.

Post 5 tallied five hits in the opener, two by Carter Garza.

“The guys need to watch how Carter has his approach at the plate,” Shovick said. “Even if it’s an outside pitch, he’s throwing his hands out there and stroking it to right field. Hopefully the guys learn, ‘Hey, it’s alright to hit that outside pitch.’”

In game two, the Senators struck early and never looked back, producing two runs in the top of the first. They followed that up with three runs in the second and four runs in the fourth.

Topeka capped its scoring with three in the fifth.

Emporia again avoided the shutout late, scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth.

Post 5 had its opportunities at the plate, but only tallied three runs in the doubleheader.

“Our approaches (are fine and there’s) no problems getting bases loaded,” Shovick said. “When we get the bases loaded, our approaches change. They’re trying to do a little bit too much right now. The great thing about it — it’s fixable. We’ve got to have the guys put the work in for it.”

Post 5 is off until Wednesday when it travels to Newton for a 6 p.m. doubleheader.

“There’s a lot of work that we have to get done,” Shovick said. “(The) summer time is not as easy as if this was spring. (Thursday), our hard hits were just finding their guys.”

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