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Local teams get wins at Paul Eames American Legion tournament

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ALBANY -- American Legion Posts 30 and 182 invited some rude guests to the Paul Eames American Legion tournament, a three-day round robin shootout held at Paul Eames Park this weekend.

The two local teams did, however, manage to salvage wins Saturday at the same time. Post 182 defeated the Jacksonville Braves 19-U team, 5-2, while Post 30 dropped Pompano Beach (Fla.), 8-2.

Post 182 lost, 15-1, to Vero Beach (Fla.) earlier Saturday and was swept in two games Friday by teams from Tallahassee to finish the tournament 1-3.

Still, Post 182 (Leesburg) coach Larry Cook was grateful for the chance to compete against the tournament's quality competition, which included teams from Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

"The tournament was great," Cook said. "I think our kids stepped up and played a lot better ball game (Saturday vs. Jacksonville)."

Post 30 also went 1-2 during first three games Friday and Saturday, falling 8-6 to unbeaten Marianna (Fla.), and 13-6 to Middleburg, Fla. Friday.

Post 182 got a stellar pitching performance in Saturday's win from Tyler Pinson, when he threw 97 pitches in route for a complete-game win. Pinson went seven innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits to go with nine strikeouts.

"It's a good sign to get a good game out of Tyler," Cook said. "He had command of his curve and was spotting his fastball."

Post 182 was led by Jake Atkinson and Ryan Hickox at the plate, both of whom went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Austin Murphy went 1-for-3 with a RBI double.

Post 30's win Saturday came in impressive fashion as it built an 8-0 lead through five innings, allowing winning pitcher Michael Schlegel to cruise. Cole Phillips went 2-for-3 at the plate with a RBI, while Kerry Hall and Jordan Duggan drove in runs with sacrifice flies.