Post 70 starts 2-0

Published 9:16 pm Friday, June 29, 2018

The American Legion Post 70 baseball team finally hit the field in the Independence Day Classic in Columbia Tennessee on Friday afternoon.

Day one was a complete washout as heavy rain hit the Columbia area on Thursday.

Post 70 was scheduled to play two games on Friday. They began the day with a 12-1 win over Huntsville Post 237 in game one. They followed that up with an 8-0 win over the North Mississippi Indians.

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Post 70 scored in all four innings of game one against Post 237. Reed Jinright got the start and lasted four innings, allowing one run on three hits. Dylan Register pitched the remaining inning and didn’t allow a base runner.

Post 70 finished with nine hits. Gage Herring and Brayden Baggett led the way after they both went 3-3 with four RBI. Two of Baggett’s hits came by way of the home run. Joey Wozniak picked up two hits with one RBI, while D.J. Law picked up one hit.

Post 70 put the pressure on Post 237 early and often. They scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead.

Baggett had the big hit in the inning when he hit a three-run home run. Law drove in the game’s first run on a single to left.

Post 237 got one of the runs back in the top of the second, but Post 70 stormed back with three more runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Herring had a two-run double to right center and Register hit a sacrifice fly to right to give Post 70 a comfortable 7-1 lead after two.

Post 70 put the game out of reach in their next at-bat when they posted their second four-run inning of the game to go up 11-1.

Wozniak smashed an RBI triple to right and Herring hit a two-run single to left, driving in Wozniak and Wood Jinright. Baggett scored the first run of the inning on an error.

Baggett hit his second home run in the fourth inning to score Post 70’s final run of the game.

Charles Henderson’s own Graham Wilkes pitched all five innings of game two. He allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out three batters.

Post 70 finished with 11 hits. Gage Herring led the way by going 3-3 with 1 RBI. Wozniak and James Jones both picked up two hits. Jones picked up an RBI.

The four-run innings kept coming in game two for Post 70. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Logan Thompson singled to center to drive in Herring for the game’s first run. Thompson then came around to score on an error to put Post 70 up 2-0. After Baggett scored on an error, Jones smacked an RBI triple to put Post 70 up 4-0.

Jones picked up his second RBI in the third when he doubled in Wozniak to increase Post 70’s lead to 5-0.

Herring doubled in a run in the fourth and then stole home to put Post 70 up 7-0.

Post 70’s final run came in the fifth when Register flew out to center for a sacrifice fly.