Kinston sweeps Post 102
KINSTON – The road proved unkind to Post 102 here Tuesday.
In an American Legion baseball outing at Kinston Post 43, the Ahoskie squad dropped both ends of a doubleheader and watched their season record dip to 1-13.
Kinston n 7
Ahoskie n 2
This game took a wrong turn for Ahoskie in the bottom of the sixth where Kinston broke open a close 4-2 contest by scoring three times en route to their 7-2 win.
Ahoskie kept it close in the early going, forging a 1-1 tie in the top of the third where Aaron Hoggard doubled down the leftfield line and scored when Ben Bright drove an RBI single to leftfield.
Kinston broke the tie by plating a solo marker in the home half of the third and added two more runs in the fourth to stretch their lead to 4-1.
Post 102 rallied in the top of the sixth. Again it was a double that got Ahoskie started as Dusty Todd slapped a two-bagger to right. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Heath Britt’s RBI groundout as Post 102 sliced its deficit in-half at 4-2.
However, that close score evaporated in the home half of the sixth where Kinston pushed across three runs to seal the victory.
Bright pitched three innings to absorb the loss on the mound. Hoggard and Michael Burton also pitched for Ahoskie in game one.
Post 102 collected six hits n one each by Todd, Bright, Britt, Burton, Hoggard and Jacob Harrell.
Kinston n 12
Ahoskie n 2
The Post 102 bats were nearly silenced in this game.
Held to only three hits, Ahoskie fell by a 12-2 count as Kinston completed the sweep.
Post 43 wasted little time in building a quick lead, scoring three times in the bottom of the first frame.
Ahoskie answered in the top of the second. There, Lance Thomas reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jacob Harrell’s RBI single to leftfield.
However, Kinston came right back with three more runs in the bottom of the second, extending their lead to 6-1.
Post 102 tallied their final run of the game in the top of the third where Todd doubled to left, stole third and scored on Britt’s RBI groundout.
Kinston polished off the win by scoring two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Lance Thomas pitched one inning and was charged with the loss. Jobie Thomas and Burton also saw time on the mound for Post 102.
Ahoskie will travel to Wilson tonight (Saturday) for a 7 p.m. game and will host Wayne County in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday.