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Post 8 win streak snapped at five

The five-game win streak compiled by the South Boston American Legion Post 8 junior legion baseball team has been broken. Rocky Mount Post 6 put together eight runs in the first two innings of Friday night’s game here at Halifax County High School and went on to score a 13-5 win over Post 8.

Friday night’s loss dropped Post 8’s record to 6-4 heading into last night’s scheduled game against Lynchburg Post 16 Red.

Lynchburg Post 16 Red has locked up the East Division title, but Post 8 is still in contention for second place or third place and a bye in the first round of the district tournament, which starts Saturday at Ferrum College.

Last night’s game kicked off what will be a busy week for Post 8, which is scheduled to play five games this week before entering Saturday’s district tournament.

Post 8 will play its final home games on Tuesday night and Wednesday night. Post will face Martinsville Post 42 in a doubleheader Tuesday that will start at 5 p.m. and will face Salem Post 3 here Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Post 8 generated a decent amount of offense with its nine hits in the game, with Tripp Bennett and Will Harris leading the way with two hits each. Bennett also had two RBIs. Tyler Stephens, Michael Watts, Andrew Hamlett, Justin Womack and Ryan Powell each had one hit. Unfortunately, Post 8 was not able to get the big hits it needed in all of the right situations.

Rocky Mount tagged Post 8 for two runs in the first inning and added six more in the top of the second inning with the help of three hits, four walks and a pair of Post 8 errors to take an 8-0 lead.

Post 8 rebounded to score two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The host team got a one-out double from Watts and a double by Bennett with two out scored Watts to make it an 8-1 score. Powell walked and a hit by Bousman scored Bennett to cut the deficit to six runs.

Two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, which started with a leadoff single by Will Harris, allowed Post 8 to cut the deficit to four runs at 8-4.

Two hits in the top of the fourth inning were enough to allow Rocky Mount to produce a run and extend its lead back to five runs at 9-4. Post 8 got that run back in the fifth inning when Stephens singled with one out and scored on a two-out hit by Bennett to make it a 9-5 score.

That was the final run that Post 8 would get in the game as it managed only one hit in the final two innings.

Rocky Mount came up with there hits and took advantage of a Post 8 error to score twice in the sixth inning and added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete its 13-5 win.