Legion Baseball: Junior HiToms pull away late to top Mocksville
Post 87’s typically hot bats were cool for much of Monday’s game with visiting Mocksville at Finch Field. The pitching and defense covered until the offense found its rhythm.
Ryan Kahny (2-0) went six innings in the 9-2 win, striking out four while surrendering four hits and two walks. After spotting Post 54 a 2-0 lead through four innings, Kahny and Mitch Carstens held them without a hit over the final four innings, while the offense cranked up to score nine unanswered.
“Defensively and pitching, we are very sound,” said skipper Rob Shore. “I had some guys in there tonight who haven’t gotten a lot of playing time. They stepped up when we needed them to. In the latter innings we hit the ball and put the pressure on them.”
Mocksville scored a run in the second on a single and added another run in the fourth on a groundout. Post 87 had chances through the first four frames to do some damage, but the hits did not come.
Everything started to click in the fifth inning.
A single by Trey Byrd triggered a three-run inning for the Junior HiToms to set up victory. After being sacrificed to second and taking third on a wild pitch, Byrd came home on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by Pete Guy. Two batters later, Chris Corbett slashed a single to center that would plate two, putting Post 87 ahead 3-2.
Carstens backed up his 1-2-3 top half of the seventh by scoring a run in the bottom half. He singled to open the inning. A walk to Guy put two on with nobody out. Trinity’s Colin Rosenbaum bounced a double off the wall to score Carstens, giving Post 87 breathing room for the first time all night. Guy scored on a single by Corbett, then Hayden Manuel lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that brought in Rosenbaum. The third run of the inning extended the margin to 6-2.
Back to playing High Point baseball, Post 87 put the finishing touches on the win in the eighth inning. With two aboard via singles to the outfield, Guy stepped in and clobbered a fastball over the fence in left, tacking on three more runs that pushed the lead to seven.
Mocksville went down quietly in the ninth.
“The eighth and ninth innings are a whole new animal for some of these guys,” Shore said. We put some runs on the board in those last two innings, and that’s exactly what we have to do to put people away.”
The Junior HiToms will take their 9-2 record to Mocksville Friday.
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