Post 70 drops first game against Randolph County

Published 3:00 am Thursday, August 3, 2017

Post 70 fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 10-4 loss to Randolph County in the opening round of the Southeast Regional Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

‘’It was a rough one,” said head coach Rush Hixon. “Credit them, they came out and played good ball. We played with some nerves early in the game. We had one big inning where we were able to bring it back to a one-run game, but we weren’t able to tie it up and we kind of fell apart after that.”

Post 70 used four pitchers beginning with Parker Warren, who pitched the game’s first two innings. He was followed by Reece Burbage, Mackenzie Hicks and Joey Wozniak.

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“We weren’t very pleased with the outings,” Hixon said. “We struggled in the zone and they were hitting it all over the park. They had some timely hitting and they took advantage of our mistakes.”

Post 70 finished with four hits in the game. Logan Thompson, John Miller, Gage Herring and Casey Henderson all picked up a hit for Post 70.

After a scoreless first inning, Randolph County jumped on the board in the second when they picked up two runs on a hit and an error.

Randolph County scored three more runs in the fifth inning to take a comfortable 5-0 lead.

Post 70 got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when they brought their deficit down to just one at 5-4.

Herring scored their first run of the inning when Jackson Tate reached on a fielder’s choice. Tate along with Henderson scored on a single by Thompson to bring the score to 5-3. Miller drove in the final run of the inning when he smacked a triple scoring Thompson to bring the score to 5-4.

Post 70 never got any closer to the lead after Randolph County posted two more runs in the seventh and three more in the eight to go up 10-4.

Post 70 will take on West Virginia in a must-win game beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

“We just have to get back to us and what we do good,” Hixon said. “That starts on the mound; if we are able to throw strikes and keep pace on the mound, it’s going to transfer over to our hitters so they can do their job and score some runs. I think we have to be good on the mound and throw strikes.