Legion Baseball: Kernersville gives Post 8 second painful loss
Kernersville wounded Davidson County with a one-run win in extra innings last Friday. On Monday, they poured salt into the open laceration to make it sting a bit more.
Carrying a lead of two into the ninth inning, Post 8 watched the advantage vanish with one swing of the bat. Jamison Nagle blasted a grand slam over the hill in left field, catapulting Post 36 to a 10-8 victory in Area III Northwest Division play. Kernersville stays perfect at 4-0 in the division while the Warriors slip to 2-2. A win would have guaranteed Post 8 home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
“That was a tough loss,” said DC coach Dale Moser. “They are a good hitting team and can erupt at any time. I know they had seven home runs in one game this year and that is the first one they have hit off of us.”
Davidson County had broken a 6-6 tie in the sixth on an RBI single from Drew Beaver. They tacked on some insurance in the seventh. Matt Thorburn singled and came in on a John Hanes single to right. Post 8 wound up leaving the bases loaded and it came back to hurt them in the ninth.
West Davidson’s Justin Freeman was putting in a workman-like effort on the hill, surpassing the 100-pitch mark in the eighth inning but continuing on. When the bases became loaded in the frame, Moser elected to keep his lefty in the game to face right-handed Shane Billings. A sharp grounder was hit to second, but Matt Berrier stabbed the ball and made the short toss to first for the out.
Freeman surprisingly came back out to start the ninth but faced only one batter. Robbie Harrison reached on an error and Zach Queen was brought in to relieve his Green Dragon teammate. It was not a pleasant few moments for Queen. After giving up a single, he hit the next batter to load the bases. In stepped Nagle, who sizzled a towering shot up over the massive hill in left field to clear the bases.
In the bottom of the inning, Zach Scudder struck out the side in relief.
“Justin pitched a good game,” said Moser. “He got his pitch count up higher than we wanted to go and had to pull him. If we had to do it over again we might should have pulled him before the start of the inning.”
The Warriors did their part at the plate for the most part, collecting 15 hits on the night. Queen was 4-for-5, while Hanes, Thorburn, Chase Mitchell and Berrier each had a pair of hits.
“I am disappointed, but I am happy with some of the things I am seeing,” said Moser. “We are hitting the ball and we have played a really good team close twice. We know we can play with them and if we see them in the playoffs, I do not think we will be intimidated.”
Davidson County is 9-9 for the season and Post 36 is 19-3.
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