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Post 8 wins tourney opener

The South Boston American Legion Post 8 junior legion baseball team won its opening-round game in the American Legion District Tournament, edging Patrick County 7-4 Saturday in Rocky Mount.

Saturday’s win in propelled Post 8 into a winner’s bracket game yesterday against Lynchburg Post 16 Red.

Post 8’s final regular-season game on Thursday night was rained out, but Post 8 still had a good enough record to earn the third seed in the tournament and a bye in Saturday’s opening round of games.

With Saturday’s win, Post 8, with three straight wins starting with yesterday’s contest, could win the district championship.

Post 8 led all of Saturday’s game against Patrick County, holding a 7-0 lead after five innings and staving off Patrick County, which scored a run in the sixth inning and three runs in the seventh inning, at the end to pull out the win.

Ryan Powell started the game on the mound for Post 8 and threw the first six innings. He allowed five scattered hits and a walk and fanned four Patrick County batters.

Dustin Crews went to the mound in the seventh inning to wrap up the game for Post 8.

Post 8 had only four hits in the game, but managed to take advantage of a handful of walks and some miscues by Patrick County to get runs on the scoreboard.

Michael Watts had a run-scoring single in the first inning and Seth Elliott had a run-scoring double in the third inning.

Crews had a double in the third inning and Tyler Stephens had a double in the fifth inning.

Post 8 got off to a good start with a pair of runs in the first inning. Tristan Howerton reached base on an error and later scored when Will Harris reached base on an error. Watts’ single plated Harris to give Post 8 the early two-run cushion.

South Boston added a couple of runs in the third inning by taking advantage of a walk and two hit batsmen. Crews’ hit in the third inning was good for another run and Elliott’s double was good for another pair of runs as Post 8 extended its lead.

By the time the third inning ended, Post 8 was up 6-0 and the team held a big seven-run cushion after five innings which proved to be a big help at the end of the game.