Legion Baseball: Post 87 continues hot start
Much tougher teams await Post 87 in the future, but for right now they are mowing through the competition in Area III.
On Saturday, Concord was the second straight club to be mercy-ruled by the Junior HiToms, losing 12-2 in seven innings at Finch Field.
Starting pitcher Chase Saunders was touched for only the two runs in picking up the win.
Saunders had to get four outs in the top of the first inning, but managed to keep Post 51 off the board.
High Point posted two runs in the bottom half on two monster swings of the bat. With two outs, Zach McClain appeared to have hit a home run off of Concord pitcher Garrett Freeze. The ball appeared to have hit a portion of the scoreboard that counts as a round-tripper. Instead, he settled for a double.
His teammate left little double on the next swing.
Ledford alum Pete Guy sailed a pitch out of the ballpark, putting Post 87 up 2-0.
Both teams went scoreless second inning, but the Junior Tommies padded their advantage in the third.
Nick Blackwood drove in a run on an infield single, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Mitch Carstens. Fancy footwork accounted for the third run of the frame. Carstens broke for second base with Guy standing on third. The throw went through to second base as Carstens stopped halfway down the line. The ball was fired back to the plate in an attempt to cut down Guy. The throw was late, putting Post 87 ahead by one more, 5-0.
Concord picked up two runs in the fourth, scoring the first on a double by Parker Henderson.
Post 87 got them both back in their trip to the box in the fourth. Levi Gessell lined out to score one, then Hayden Manuel scored the other on a fielding error at second.
Saunders continued his fine night, striking out the side in the sixth inning.
High Point ended the game early in the seventh. McClain doubled with two outs, followed by a walk to Guy. A sharp single to right from Blackwood brought the 12th run home.
Note: Post 87 beat Kernersville 11-2 Sunday, then turned around Monday to beat them again by a 5-4 score ... The Junior HiToms are 5-0.