Senior Post splits at Garner

Published 10:08 am Thursday, June 18, 2009

GARNER – Ahoskie Post 102 and Garner Post 232 split a Senior American Legion doubleheader here Sunday afternoon.

Garner grabbed a 6-1 win in the opener, but Ahoskie came back to take a 5-3 win in 11 innings in the night-cap.

In the first game, Post 232 scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off Ahoskie for the win.

Garner opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the second and took an early lead.

Ahoskie’s only run came in the top of the third inning.

Gavin Mizelle walked and went to second on a wild pitch. He scored on an Aaron Hoggard RBI-double that trimmed the Post 102 deficit to 2-1.

Garner scored one run in the bottom of the fourth and added three more in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-1 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, Eli Spruill had a bunt single with one out. Edward Joyner and Kyle Hughes then had back-to-back singles to load the bases. A ground out and fly out ended the game, however.

Mizelle pitched five and one-third innings for Post 102. Josh Morris then pitched two-thirds of an inning.

In the second game, Travis Ellis had a two-run double in the top of the eleventh that was the difference.

Garner opened the scoring in the second game with three runs in the bottom of the third.

That lead held up until the top of the fourth frame.

Hoggard singled and Hughes walked to give Post 102 runners on first and second. Hoggard then scored on a Joyner RBI-single. Hughes scored on a Zeek Williams RBI-squeeze bunt that trimmed Ahoskie’s deficit to 3-2.

The local team then scored one run in the top of the sixth to tie the game.

Hoggard singled and went to third on a Morris double. He then scored on a Hughes RBI-groundout that tied the game at 3-all.

The game stayed deadlocked through the next four innings until Ahoskie finally broke through in the eleventh. In that frame, Joyner doubled and Williams was hit by a pitch. Bowen then reached on a fielder’s choice that erased Williams at second.

Joyner and Bowen both came around on Ellis’s two-run double.

Dylan Ralph pitched nine innings for Post 102. Bowen then tossed the final two and picked up the win.

Ahoskie had 17 hits in the doubleheader, paced by Hoggard and Joyner with four hits each. Ellis added three.

“We got good pitching in both games,” Post 102 skipper David Ellis said. “We played good defense. This was the best we have played all year. This was an impressive win for us.”

Ahoskie is 4-11 after the split. They will host Rocky Mount at 7 p.m. Friday.