Post 70 defeats Post 4, finishes tournament 2-1

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, July 11, 2017

American Legion Post 70 19u team capped off a busy weekend by defeating Cullman Post 4 11-1 on Saturday in Bessemer.

The game concluded a round robin that saw Post 70 finish with a 2-1 record after also defeating Shelby County and falling to Tuscaloosa Post 34.

“It was a sluggish weekend,” said head coach Rush Hixon. “I think we went in there expecting to handle business with ease and we kind of sleepwalked our way through the weekend. We ended up having some good games and some positive things come out of it.”

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Graham Wilkes got the start for Post 70 in the third and final game. He pitched the first three innings and allowed one run on three hits and three walks. Jackson Tate came in to pitch the final three innings, allowing two hits and three walks.

“Overall, they looked good,” Hixon said. “They struggled in the zone at times, but we had some big pitches and big plays to get us out of some sticky situations. The defense really helped out the pitchers this weekend.”

Post 70 finished with 15 hits, led by Gage Herring who went 4-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. DJ Law also finished with a multi hit game after going 2-3.

“I was pleased with the at-bats this weekend,” Hixon said. “Just like pitching in defense, we were a little sluggish early in games, but we found our approach as the games went on.”

Post 70 jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first after Law singled to centerfield to score Herring. After Post 4 evened up the score in the top of the second, Post 70 took the lead again when Herring had his first of two RBIs in the bottom of the inning, singling to center field to score Casey Henderson.

Both pitchers settled down and had a clean third inning before Post 70 put up four more runs in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.

Joey Wozniak scored on a wild pitch, Tate drove in both Jackson Murphy and Henderson on a single to left field and Herring came around to score on a groundout by Law.

Post 70 put the game out of reach in the final inning when they scored five runs in the sixth.

Herring drove in the first run of the inning with a triple to left field and then scored on an error by the pitcher. John Miller scored on a single by Tucker, Logan Thompson singled to right field to score Tucker and Wozniak drove in the final run with a line-drive single to center field.

Post 70 will be back in action at 6 p.m. to take on Montgomery RBI Baseball at Riddle-Pace Field.