Legion Baseball: Post 87 clubs Hitting Zone, 17-0
There were a good number of scouts on hand to watch Post 87's non-league game with the Hitting Zone Thursday evening at Finch Field. The Junior HiToms gave them a top-notch performance.
Collecting 16 hits on offense with starting pitcher Taylor Sugg and reliever Lane Kowalski combining for a two-hitter, Post 87 displayed its power in all aspects of the game in a 17-0 rout in seven innings. Zach McLean, Cesar Trejo and Evan Edwards each homered. Sugg went five innings, striking out seven allowing just one hit on an infield single in the third. Kowalski struck out four in his two innings, also giving up only one hit via an infield single.
“This is a great pitching staff and we have some guys that can absolutely swing it,” said head coach Rob Shore. “They are exciting to watch and today was fun.”
Post 87 battered the Hitting Zone pitching staff all night long, beginning in the first inning. Consecutive singles with one out set up an RBI chance in the bottom half. Ryan Hedrick doubled to the wall in right field, driving home Trejo with the game's first run. A second runner crossed on an error, then Levi Gesell scorched a grounder by the first baseman into right field to make it 3-0. Gesell would draw a throw to second on a steal moments later, allowing Colin Rosenbaum to sprint in from third for a fourth run.
The way Sugg was dealing, no more offense was necessary, but the the Junior Tommies were just getting warmed up.
After scoring two runs in each of the third and fourth innings to increase the lead to 8-0, the real fireworks began in the fifth. Eleven hitters visited the dish with eight of them reaching consecutively on hits. McLean delivered the first big boom of the frame, tattooing a pitch deep over the wall in center for a two-run homer. It was the young man's seventh long ball already this season.
“He is really killing it and it is fun to watch him swing,” said Shore. “In batting practice today he hit one halfway up the light pole.”
Edwards left the yard as well on a three-run crank to right-center that pushed the advantage to 15-0.
With a commanding lead, Sugg exited at that point and got a deserving two innings off. He was on all night and will be a valuable weapon for the pitching staff down the road.
“He might not be our No. 1, but he is somebody that nobody is going to expect,” Shore said. “When I run him out there they are going to wonder who he is and find out he can pitch.”
Trejo – a double shy of hitting for the cycle – launched the third Post 87 home run of the night in the sixth when his shot cleared the Finch Field scoreboard.
Post 87 will visit Danville Post 325 today, before returning home Monday to face Winston-Salem at 6 p.m.
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