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One bad inning dooms Post 182 vs. rival Post 30

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

Matt Stewart

matt.stewart@albanyherald.com

ALBANY -- One crooked number.

That made all the difference Wednesday in American Legion Post 30's 8-6 win against Post 182.

Post 30 put a seven-spot on the scoreboard at Paul Eames Sports Complex and batted around in the third inning to take a 7-3 lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Oddly enough, Post 30's crooked number inning came on only one solid run-scoring hit, that belonging to Cole Phillips, who knocked in Kerry Hall with a single. Every other run in the inning came on an error, two groundouts, a walk and a wild pitch.

"We just found little holes, I guess," Post 30 head coach Aaron McCalvin said.

Former Baconton Charter standout Tyler Pinson had to endure the long inning on the mound for Post 182. Pinson, who hadn't played in any live baseball since moving on to Auburn University last fall, cruised through the first two innings before hitting a speedbump in the third.

"We were glad to get three innings from (Pinson)," Post 182 head coach Larry Cook said. "If he had some defensive support, he might have been able to go four or five."

Lee County High's Cole Goodwin was the benefactor of Post 30's big inning. He came on in the second after Phillips, the starter, felt a slight discomfort in his arm in the first and came off the mound but remained at second.

Goodwin picked up the win, throwing three innings while allowing three hits and three runs with two strikeouts. Goodwin also went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Post 30 (5-3), which was without pitchers Justin McCalvin and Justin Walker, threw six other pitchers, while Post 182 (1-1) went with two. Allen Fender came on in relief of Pinson after the third and allowed just one unearned run in five innings on two hits to go along with four strikeouts.

Post 182 kept chipping away before putting the tying run on second base with two outs in the ninth. Post 30 pitcher Jordan Cox closed out the game with a strikeout to seal the win.

Post 182 leadoff man Bryan Gregory went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, drove in a run and scored twice. He was the only player with more than two hits. Fender also went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Post 182.

Jake Moye, Brian Ambrose and Phillips all drove in runs for Post 30. Leadoff hitter Matthew Suggs went 2-for-4 with a walk.

Post 30 travels to Dothan, Ala., today for two games at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Post 182 hosts Post 512 Friday at Lee County High beginning at 6 p.m.