Post 70 gets win in home opener, despite five errors

Published 10:31 pm Tuesday, June 3, 2014

It was nowhere near the prettiest game he had has ever seen, but Troy Post 70 head coach John Rushing will take a win any day of the week.

Troy Post 70 downed the Wiregrass Indians 10-6 Tuesday night at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy, despite committing five errors and getting out hit.

“We did swing the bat a little bit better tonight than we have been doing,” Rushing said. “That is encouraging. But five errors is a couple more than you like to see. We have to clean that up, but we did what we needed to do to get a win.”

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Troy scored the first five runs of the game, with one in the first and four in the bottom of the second, before the Indians were able to scratch anything.

Following singles from Taytom Barnes and Dustin Jordan. Post 70’s Hunter Baggett cleaned off the bases with a single of his own, and a little help from the Indians.

Baggett singled in one run, but a pair of throwing errors on the play allowed not only Jordan to score, but Baggett scampered across as well.

Troy picked up two more insurance runs in the sixth when Enterprise High School standout Brendan Donovan doubled off the right center field wall to bring home Austin Fain and K.J. Mendelsohn.

Post 70 scratched out three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, with one coming on line drive double from former Pike Liberal star Taytom Barnes to the alley in right.

“It was nice to get out in front and make the other team play from behind,” said Rushing. “The bats haven’t been coming alive, but I knew when we got here things would pick up. Teams always seem to hit a little bit better here at Riddle-Pace. I think this place will set up real nice for us.”

Donovan led Post 70 at the dish by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Barnes and Baggett also added two hits and an RBI each.

Nason Paramore led the charge for the Wiregrass Indians with a perfect 4-for-4 day, and scoring two runs.

Troy will travel to Dothan this weekend to take part in David Prince Memorial Tournament.

Rushing likes the tournament and feels Post 70 will see strong competition.

“I have been going to this tournament for about 15 years now, and it always has plenty of really good teams,” Rushing said. “We will open with St. Clair Post 131, which is actually the team we open with at the state tournament. It will be good to see them and work some things out for the post season later on.”