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South Boston Legion Post 8 falls to Lynchburg

It was an up-and-down night for the South Boston Post 8 American Legion Junior Legion baseball team when it faced Lynchburg Post 16 Red Wednesday night in Lynchburg. Unfortunately for Post 8, it was more down than up.

Lynchburg Post 16 Red raced to a 5-1 lead in the first inning and went on defeat Post 8 16-9. Wednesday’s loss dropped Post 8’s record to 1-3 on the season.

“It was just a tough night for us,” said Post 8 manager Jody Nelson.

“We didn’t pitch well at all. Our pitchers were leaving everything up (in the strike zone). We also didn’t make any real defensive stops. But, I can’t take anything away from Lynchburg. They have some good hitters. They are a very solid club offensively and have a lot of speed.”

The first inning was prophetic of the way the rest of the night would go for Post 8. Leadoff batter Tristan Howerton led off with a double and moved to third base on a subsequent Lynchburg error on the play. Shane Bousman plated Howerton with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to put Post 8 up 1-0.

Lynchburg Post 16 Red answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-1 lead. Lynchburg opened its first inning with a double and followed it with back-to-back hits off of hurler Seth Elliott. Before Post 8 could get out of the inning, it trailed by four runs.

“That’s kind of the way it was,” Nelson pointed out.

“We’d score a run or two and then give up three or four. “

Lynchburg added a pair of runs in the second inning to take a 7-1 lead. South Boston scored a run in the third inning when Bousman led off with a single and later scored by stealing home to make it a 7-2 score.

The host club got those runs back with a pair of runs in the third inning to make it a seven-run game at 9-2.

A Lynchburg error followed by back-to-back hits from Thomas Cole, Dustin Crews and Howerton triggered a four-run rally for Post 8 in the top of the fourth inning that allowed Post 8 to cut its deficit to three runs at 9-6.

Just as Post 8 appeared to be turning the corner, Lynchburg Post 16 came up with a run in the fourth inning to pad its lead to four runs at 10-6.

Cole scored for Post 8 in the top of the fifth inning to make it a three-run game again, but as it had done before, Lynchburg countered with three runs in its half of the fifth inning to run its lead to 13-7.

Post 8 scratched up a run in both the sixth inning and the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as Lynchburg Post 16 put up three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

South Boston had 11 hits in the game with Howerton, Bousman and Will Harris leading the way with two hits each. Tyler Stephens, Andrew Hamlett, Justin Womack, Cole and Crews each had one hit.

Lynchburg Post 16 Red had 17 hits in the game, including eight doubles and two triples.