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South Boston Post 8 extends win streak

After having gotten off to a tough start, the South Boston American Legion Post 8 junior legion baseball team has caught fire. Post 8 extended its win streak to four games in a row over the weekend, downing Lynchburg Post 16 Blue 12-2 on Thursday night in Lynchburg and rolling up an easy 14-1 win over Amherst Post 274 Saturday in Amherst in a game that was stopped after six innings under the mercy rule.

The two wins improved Post 8’s record to 5-3 on the season entering last night’s game here against Vinton Post 80.

“It’s been a long time since a Post 8 team has won four games in a row,” noted Post 8 Manager Jody Nelson.

“We wanted to get back to .500 and wanted to get above that over the weekend. We have four games this week against some tough competition. I’d like to see us be able to stay above .500.”

Post 8 has improved in all facets of the game, especially offensively. That was evident over the weekend with the team putting 26 runs on the scoreboard in its two games.

“We’re swinging the bat a little better,” Nelson pointed out.

“I think the kids are getting acclimated to our teaching philosophy and to the things that we are working with them on to help the hitting. They’re buying into it and the results are showing.

“Another thing,” continued Nelson, “is that we’re now capitalizing on other teams’ mistakes. We’re also now consistently making plays behind our pitchers.”

In Thursday’s 12-2 win over Lynchburg Post 16 Blue, Post 8 jumped on top early, getting a run in the first inning on a two-out triple by Will Harris that was backed up by a hit from Michael Watts.

Andrew Hamlett put Post 8 on top 2-0 with a solo homer to lead off the second inning. Post 8 added three more runs before the inning ended and led 5-0 after two innings.

A run in the third inning and two more runs in the fourth inning that came on run-scoring hits from Tristan Howerton and Dustin Crews put Post 8 up 8-0 after four innings.

It was easy going from there as Post 8 wrapped up a 12-2 win.

Post 8 had 15 hits in the game, with Howerton, Crews, Harris, Watts and Shane Bousman leading the team with each getting two hits. Eddie Chaney, Josh Briggs, Thomas Cole and Ryan Powell had one hit each.

Cole got the win on the mound for Post 8. He allowed two hits, scattered four walks and struck out three batters in his 4.2 innings of work. Powell worked two innings and allowed two hits and two walks while fanning two batters. Tyler Stephens pitched one inning and yielded one walk.

It took Post 8 a couple of innings to get going In Saturday’s road game against Amherst Post 274. But, once Post 8 got going, there was no stopping it.

After tying the game at 1-1 on a run-scoring hit by Powell in the top of the second inning, it was all Post 8. Post 8 scored three runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead, added five runs in the fourth inning to go up 9-1, scored one run in the fifth inning to make it a 10-1 lead and capped its scoring with four runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Post 8 had 15 hits in the game with Watts and Powell leading the team with three hits each. Harris and Stephens had two hits each with Seth Elliott. Hamlett, Cole, Briggs and Tripp Bennett each getting a hit.

Elliott had a solid game on the mound for Post 8, scattering six hits and walk and fanning three batters in five innings of work.
Galontre Thaxton threw the final inning for Post 8, yielding one hit and fanning one batter while facing a total of four batters.