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|Post 6’s strong finish yields season-opening win|
Friday, June 14, 2013
Rocky Mount Post 6 used a five-run seventh and a four-run eighth for a 13-5 District 9 American Legion Seniors baseball victory over Christiansburg Post 59 in its 2013 season opener Wednesday at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.
Post 6 (1-0) used its late-innings offensive outburst to erase a 5-4 deficit.
With the victory, Post 6 ends a five-game losing streak dating to last year when Rocky Mount finished 4-11.
The victory comes in the debut game of Shaun Fralin's second term as Post 6's skipper.
Righthander Brandon Brown (1-0) tossed three innings of shut-out relief to earn the victory. He surrendered two hits, walked none and struck out two.
Brown was working in relief of Post 6 starter Jessy Pendleton, who yielded 10 hits and five runs, all earned, in six innings of work. Pendleton walked one and struck out six.
Post 6 played error-free defense behind Pendleton and Brown.
Post 6 tagged six Post 59 pitchers for 12 hits and Rocky Mount benefited from five Christiansburg errors.
Post 59 reliever Trey Shumate, who permitted three earned runs in 1/3 of an inning, was charged with the loss. Shumate didn't allow a hit, but he walked three Post 6 batters.
The two teams combined to strand 22 men on base: eight by Post 59, 14 by Post 6.
Post 59 scored three runs in the top of the first inning and maintained a 3-0 lead through 3 1/2 frames. Post 6 scored its initial run in the bottom of the fourth and squared the count by tallying two runs in the last of the fifth.
Post 59 manufactured its final two runs in the top of the sixth to break 3-3 stalemate. Post 6 answered with a run in its half of the frame, then won the game with its multiple-run rallies in the seventh and eighth.
Post 6 sent 10 batters to the plate in its half of the seventh and collected three hits.
Corey Davis, Chad Hutson and Ryan Peevey registered the hits.
Davis drove in two runs with a single and Peevey followed with a two-run triple.
Post 6 scored its last run of the frame on a wild pitch.
Davis' two-run double was the highlight of Post 6's four-run eighth.
Davis, a rising sophomore at Ferrum College, paced Post 6 with four hits in six plate appearances.
Peevey (double) and Logan Alger (double) each registered two hits, while Huston, Pendleton, Drew Moorman (double) and Brandon Barbour each recorded at hit.
Shortstop Brett Simmons drove in Post 6's first run with a sacrifice fly. Consecutive doubles by Peevey and Moorman were the key hits in Rocky Mount's two-run fifth.
Davis' single was Post 6's lone hit of that frame, one in which seven batters finished the plate.
Brandon Tucker (double) and Tyler Morgan each collected two hits for Post 59 (0-2), while Jake Tabor, Justin Bowler (double), Braden Morris, Brodyn Huddleston, Clay Viar, Andrew McFee and Gabe Queensberry each had one hit.
Post 6 visits Post 59 for its next game Sunday. The contest begins at 1 p.m. at Christiansburg High School.
CIRCLING THE BASES: Thursday night's District 9 contest between Post 6 and Botetourt Post 240 was postponed because of inclement weather. No make-up date has been set.