ALBANY — After blazing through the first part of the Paul Eames Memorial Tournament to clinch a spot in Sunday’s semifinals, the Albany American Legion Post 30 Senior team was finally quieted by Covington Post 32 pitcher Blake Shope.
Shope held Post 30 to six hits in Sunday’s semifinal contest, leading Covington to a 3-1 victory and knocking the host team out of the tournament.
Post 30, which had opened the tournament with three straight victories, wrapped up the tournament with a 3-2 record. The Albany Post 30 Junior team and the Leesburg Post 182 Senior and Junior teams all failed to advance past the pool-play round of the tournament.
Jacksonville Post 88 defeated Tallahassee Post 13 in Sunday’s other semifinal contest and then turned around and beat Covington, 4-3, in the championship game.
In Sunday’s opener, Post 30 took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when former Worth County standout Eli Reddell walked and then scored on an RBI from Dalton Dedge (Terrell Academy).
But that was all the scoring Post 30 could muster against Shope, a rising junior at Alcovy High School. Post 30 left a combined seven runners stranded in scoring position in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Covington tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning off Post 30 starter Chris Mosley (Lee County) and then took a 2-1 lead off reliever Michael Reddick (Lee County) in the third inning. Covington added an insurance run in the sixth inning but finished the game with just a combined six hits off Trojan teammates Mosley and Reddick.