ALBANY — Just one more hit. ...
That’s what coach Bennie Waters was saying after his American Legion Post 30 team fell to Wiregrass’ No. 1 team, 3-2, in the consolation game of the Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament on Sunday.
Post 30, which had some dramatic comebacks in the three-day tournament that honors Eames, a legend among coaches, and almost pulled off another miracle finish Sunday.
“Just one more hit,’’ Waters said. “We just needed one more hit.’’
Post 30 got down, 3-0, then staged a hold-your-breath rally in the bottom of the seventh (and final inning) with a pair of walks and a pair of two-out RBI singles from Lee County’s Corey Clouser, who drove in Clint Smith and Lee County’s Bryce Moye, whose single brought home Tanner Stone to close to 3-2.
Waters said he felt good to see catcher Matt Mears, another Lee County product, at the plate with the game on the line.
Mears worked the count to 3-2.
“We had our catcher up there with a chance,’’ Waters said. “But he popped out to right field. We needed one more hit, but we just couldn’t get it. The pitcher they had didn’t throw that fast. We’re used to a lot faster pitching, and we didn’t start hitting the ball until the sixth inning.’’
Lee County’s Jay Howell started and gave up three runs in three innings, and then Stone, who pitches for Andrew College, took over and slammed the door on Wiregrass, tossing four shutout innings while allowing just one hit.
“He really shut them down,’’ Waters said. ‘’We ended up finishing fourth in the tournament with a 3-2 record. We really played well.’’