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Post 8 claims second victory

An eight-run outburst the last three innings of the game helped the South Boston Post 8 Junior American Legion baseball team win its second contest of the season, a 10-5 road win at Eden on Thursday.

 

Will Harris finished with two hits and an RBI for Post 8, while Tristan Howerton had an RBI double in the first inning.

Michael Watts posted an RBI with a bases-loaded walk, and Dustin Crews added an RBI groundout in the sixth inning for Post 8.

Defense continues to be his team’s strong suit, according to Post 8 Head Coach Jody Nelson.

“Our hitting is coming around a little bit, but we continue to play solid defense,” said Nelson.

Post 8 scored a run in the first off a walk to Tre’ Watson and Howerton’s RBI double.

Harris reached base on an error and eventually scored on another Eden miscue in the fourth inning to make it 2-0, and Post 8 added three runs in the fifth inning.

Justin Womack, Watson and Michael Watts drew one-out walks in the fifth.  Harris reached on a fielder’s choice to plate Womack, Watson scored on a passed ball and Harris scored on an Eden error to make it 5-0.

Four runs in the top of the sixth inning made it 9-0 in favor of Post 8, with Drew Link reaching base on an error, Tyler Stephens drawing a walk and Dre’ Tucker and Watson reaching base on errors.

Michael Watts drew a bases loaded walk to plate the second run of the inning, Harris hit an RBI single and Dustin Crews hit an RBI groundout for the final run of the inning.

Eden cut its deficit to 9-2 with two runs on a pair of singles and a twp-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Post 8 added its final run in the top of the seventh when Link drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a passed ball, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.

Eden added its last three runs in its final at-bat on two walks and three base hits.

Ryan Powell hurled the first three innings for Post 8, allowing no runs on two hits, and Womack pitched innings four and five, giving up no runs on one hit.

Crews surrendered two runs on three hits in the sixth inning, and Shane Bousman finished the game in the seventh, surrendering three runs on three hits.

Bousman had two strikeouts and Powell and Womack each finished with one strikeout for Post 8.