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Post 43 sweeps Ahoskie

AHOSKIE – Kinston Post 43 swept a Senior American Legion doubleheader from Ahoskie here Saturday afternoon.

Post 43 took both games of the non-conference contests from Post 102, winning by counts of 3-1 and 21-2.

In the first game, Trey Beamon hit a tie-breaking homerun in the top of the third to pace Kinston.

Post 43 began the scoring with one run in the top of the first frame, but Ahoskie answered in the home half of the same inning.

Josh Morris walked and went to third on Aaron Hoggard’s ground rule double to left. Morris then scored on an Eli Spruill RBI-single to center.

Kinston added its second run on Beamon’s homer in the third and then scored again in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.

Post 102 threatened in the bottom of the fifth when Bryce Cullipher and Dylan Ralph recorded back-to-back singles with no one out. A strikeout and a double play ended the threat.

In the bottom of the seventh stanza, Spruill had a leadoff walk and went to second on a Jacob Dunlow groundout. A strikeout and groundout ended the game.

Brent Bowen pitched six innings for the loss, allowing three runs on nine hits and recording seven strikeouts. Ralph tossed the final inning allowing no runs and no hits.

In the second game, Kinston completed the sweep with a 21-2 win.

Kinston opened the game with seven runs in the top of the first inning. During that frame, Post 102 Head Coach Randy Whitaker was ejected after an umpire changed his call and the coach objected. Assistant Head Coach Chris Towell was not present, leaving assistant coach Jacob Harrell in charge of the team.

Kinston added one run in the second and one in the third to surge ahead 9-0.

In the bottom of the third, Joe Harrell walked with two out and then Spruill singled, but a strikeout ended the inning.

Post 43 added 10 runs in the top of the fourth and scored their final two runs in the top of the fifth for a 21-0 lead.

Post 102 got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.

Ryan Matthews had an infield single and went to second on an error. He then advanced to third on a Ralph groundout and scored on a Cullipher RBI-single. Cullipher went to second on a Joe Harrell single to right. Both runners advanced on a wild pickoff throw. Cullipher scored on a Spruill RBI-single.

Bowen then reached on a fielder’s choice which erased Spruill. Bowen stole second and Hoggard walked to load the bases. A groundout ended the game.

Ahoskie used four pitchers including Dunlow, Ralph, Harrell and Matthews.

In the doubleheader, Post 102 had 12 hits. Spruill led the offense with four hits including a 3-for-3 game in the second contest. Ralph and Cullipher had two hits each

“We played hard in both games,” Coach Jacob Harrell said after the game. “Brent pitched a great game in the first game, we just couldn’t get him any runs.

“Eli had a good offense day for us,” he added.

Ahoskie dropped to 1-4 overall and will host Rocky Mount tonight (Tuesday) in the conference opener. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.