- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
The numbers are climbing for the South Boston American Legion Post 8 junior legion baseball team. Post 8 extended its win streak to five games in a row Sunday, downing Vinton Post 80 11-1 in a game that was stopped in the sixth inning under the 10-run mercy rule.
“I don’t know what to say,” Post 8 Manager Jody Nelson remarked with a grin.
“This is big for us. I’m really proud of the guys. They’re working hard and are playing well right now.
“This is the first game we’ve gained the lead in the first inning and held it throughout the game,” added Nelson.
“That was a step in the right direction.”
Post 8’s impressive hitting continued in Sunday’s game with Post 8 battering Vinton with 16 hits. Six of the hits came in the team’s impressive fourth inning when it rallied for six runs to break a 1-1 deadlock and bolt to a 7-1 lead.
In that big inning, Ryan Powell had a run-scoring triple, Dustin Crews had a run-scoring double and Tristan Howerton and Will Harris had run-scoring hits.
Post 8 ended the game early by picking up four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with the help of run-scoring hits by Eddie Chaney and Andrew Hamlett.
Howerton, Harris, Tyler Stephens, Seth Elliott and Tripp Bennett led Post 8 offensively with all having two hits each. Crews, Michael Watts, Chaney, Hamlett, Powell and Justin Womack all had a hit each.
“The guys are really hitting the ball, driving down through it,” Nelson pointed out.
“It’s hard to put a lineup out there because so many guys are hitting and producing. The last few games we’ve had opportunities to give everybody a lot of playing time because everyone is playing so well.
“Everyone is on top of their game right now,” added Nelson.
“The team is jelling real well.”
Not only did Post 8 get the bob done offensively, it also got a good pitching performance from Powell, its starting pitcher, and from Womack, who came into the game in the fifth inning in relief of Powell.
Powell allowed three hits, one walk and one run while fanning two batters. In the final two innings, Womack yielded two hits and struck out three of the seven batters he faced.
Post 8’s busy week continued last night with a game against Martinsville Post 42. Tonight, Post 8 travels to Botetourt for a game against Botetourt Post 240.
Two of Post 8’s toughest tests are expected this weekend when it faces Rocky Mount Post 6 here Friday at 7 p.m. and faces Lynchburg Post 16 Red here Sunday at 5 p.m.