Post 102 downs Edenton
AHOSKIE – Post 102 pounded out 17 hits Friday night as they downed Edenton 16-7 in a Senior American Legion baseball game.
Edenton began the scoring with one run in the top of the second when Broc Sutton hit a solo homer, but Ahoskie responded with three in the home half of the same frame.
Jacob Bowen doubled to center and went to third on a Heath Britt single. Brandon Matthews plated Bowen with a sacrifice fly. Britt advanced to second on a Judd Whitehead groundout just before William Barmer hit a two-run bomb to give Ahoskie a 3-1 advantage.
Post 102 added a pair of runs in their next at-bat. Dusty Todd singled to center and Bowen drew a walk. The two advanced on a wild pitch. Todd was able to score on a Britt RBI-groundout and Bowen scored on a Whitehead RBI-fielder’s choice to push the lead to 5-1.
Edenton cut into the lead with two in the top of the fourth, but Ahoskie went back ahead with three in the bottom of the sixth.
Barmer walked before Dustin Briggs singled to left. Barmer scored on a Jacob Harrell RBI-double that sent Briggs to third. Briggs then scored on a wild pitch. Harrell took third on the same pitch and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-3 Ahoskie.
Edenton scored one in the top of the seventh, but Post 102 countered with two in the bottom of the same stanza.
Barmer and Briggs singled and Lance Thomas walked to load the bases. Harrell’s two-run single plated Barmer and Briggs to make it 10-4.
Edenton scored three in the top of the eighth to get within 10-7, but Ahoskie answered with six in the bottom of the inning.
Whitehead led off with a solo homer to left. Barmer singled, Briggs walked and Thomas singled to load the bases. Barmer scored on a Harrell sacrifice fly while Briggs and Thomas scored on a Todd two-run double.
Todd and Bowen scored on a Britt two-run single to give Ahoskie a 16-7 advantage after eight innings.
During the game, the Ahoskie defense turned four double plays.
Whitehead threw seven strong innings for the win, striking out six in the process. Todd pitched the final two innings.
Ahoskie had 17 hits on the day with Thomas, Barmer and Briggs having three each. Harrell had two hits and four RBIs while Britt had two hits and three RBIs. Todd also had two hits.
&uot;Judd pitched great,&uot; fourth-year skipper Randy Whitaker said. &uot;He gave us seven good innings and Dusty came in and got us out of a jam.
&uot;We swung the bats as well as we have all season,&uot; he added. &uot;We hit the ball like we are capable of. The bottom of the order had six hits and the top of the order drove them in.&uot;