Post 70 wins fourth straight state championship

Published 9:17 pm Thursday, July 25, 2019

The American Legion Post 70 baseball team won their fourth consecutive state championship with a 9-1 win over Shelby County Post 555 on Thursday night in Montgomery.

The was game was originally scheduled for last Sunday in Birmingham, but poor weather pushed the game to Thursday.

Post 70 scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 6-1 lead over Post 555 and then added three more in the sixth to earn the comfortable win.

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After two scoreless innings, Post 70 broke the ice with two runs in the third inning. Reed Jinright walked putting two runners on base with nobody out. After a fielder’s choice, Joey Wozniak singled to right driving in Jinright for the game’s first run. Two batters later Cole Smith scored Post 70’s second run of the game on a wild pitch.

After Post 555 cut their deficit in half with a run in the fourth, Post 70 got the run back and then some in fifth when they tallied four runs to go up 6-1.

Wozniak led off the inning with a triple and came around to score on a passed ball. Two more runs came around to score on a Carson Fain double. Wood Jinright closed out the scoring with an RBI ground out.

Post 70’s offense got back to work in the top half of the sixth inning. They totaled three runs on three hits including back-to-back doubles by Peavy and Fain.

Grayson Stewart began the game on the mound for Post 70. Stewart pitched the game’s first five innings and allowed just one run before giving way to Logan Ross and Wozniak.

Smith, Wozniak and Fain each picked up two hits and combined to drive in five runs.