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South Boston Post 8 continues win streak

The South Boston American Legion Post 8 Junior Legion baseball team extended its   win streak to five in a row here Tuesday night with a 12-1 win over district opponent Rocky Mount Post 6.

Tuesday night’s win in the game that was stopped after four and a half innings under a slaughter rule improved Post 8’s record to 7-1 overall.

“Rocky Mount always has a good ballclub,” noted Post 8 Manager Jody Nelson. “Playing against a team like that and being able to score 12 runs says something about our team.”

The game marked another big night at the plate for Post 8, which had eight hits in the contest. Tyler Stephens led Post 8 with two hits and three RBIs and three runs scored.

Tre’ Watson, Tristan Howerton, Bradley Tickle, Michael Watts, Hunter Byrnes and Drew Link each had a hit. Howerton, Tickle, Watts and Link each had a RBI.

“We’re absolutely tearing the cover off of the baseball,” Nelson said.

“We hit the ball to all fields, and our base running was superb. Offensively, I think we’re right at the top, if not at the top of the district. We’re getting key hits, a lot of RBIs and getting hits with two out. That’s what helps you win ballgames.”

Post 8 got a solid performance on the mound from Shane Bousman. Bousman, who had thrown 26 pitches the previous night in Post 8’s win over Lynchburg, scattered four hits and five walks and struck out two batters in his four-plus innings of work.

After Bousman gave up a leadoff base hit to Rocky Mount’s Jacob Davis in the top of the fifth inning, Colby Grissom went to the mound to complete the game. Davis scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Hunter Barbour to account for Rocky Mount’s only run of the game.

“Shane pitched fantastic,” Nelson said, noting Bousman threw 90 pitches in the contest.

Rocky Mount Post 6 used two hits and a Post 8 error to load the sacks in the first inning. The visitors used a hit and two walks to load the bases in the third inning. On both occasions, Bousman and the Post 8 defense were able to hold Rocky Mount Post 6 at bay.

South Boston jumped on Rocky Mount Post 6 early, using a two-RBI triple by Stephens to help spur Post 8 to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Post 8 came back to score seven runs in the second inning, taking advantage of seven straight walks from Rocky Mount Post 6 pitchers, a Rocky Mount error and a run-scoring hit by Link to take an 11-0 lead.

The team’s final run came in the bottom of the third inning when Stephens led off with a hit and scored from second base on a passed ball.

Post 8 had two big nights of baseball on tap entering last night’s action. Sitting atop the District 9 East Division standings, Post 8 was scheduled to go on the road last night to face Martinsville Post 42 in a doubleheader.

On Saturday, Post 8 is slated to host Madison Heights Post 274 in a doubleheader at 6 p.m. at Halifax County High School, giving the team a total of four division games in a span of three days.

A sweep of the four games by Post 8 could possibly allow Post 8 to clinch at least a tie for the East Division crown.