Pitt County stops Ahoskie

Published 10:53 am Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GREENVILLE – American Legion Posts 102 and 39 combined for 30 walks and 20 hits here Thursday night.

The result was a 23-9 win for Pitt County over local Ahoskie Post 102 in a Senior American Legion contest.

Ahoskie opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first frame.

Travis Ellis was hit by a pitch before Daniel Merritt and Eli Spruill drew walks to load the bases.

Ellis scored on a Tyler Pryor RBI-groundout, but that was the only mark Post 102 pushed across.

Pitt County responded with six runs in the bottom of the first and then added another in the second and 10 in the third as they built a 17-1 lead.

Ahoskie scored three runs in the top of the fourth frame.

Zeek Williams, Clay Robbins and Ellis drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Merritt then drew a bases-loaded base on balls to force in Williams. Spruill then earned the free pas to score Robbins.

Ellis scored on a Kyle Horton sacrifice fly as Post 102 closed within 17-4.

Pitt County, however, responded with five runs of their own in the fourth to lead 22-4 after four innings.

Ahoskie scored another run in the top of the fifth frame.

Williams walked, Robbins singled and Tyler Burden walked to load the bases. Ellis then drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Williams and help Ahoskie two within 22-5.

Post 102 then plated four runs in the top of the sixth stanza.

Horton singled to center, Cody Cahoon walked and Williams singled to left to load the bases.

Horton and Cahoon then came home on a Robbins two-run single to left.

Williams scored on a Burden RBI-single to center and Robbins scored on a Merritt single to right to close within 22-9.

Pitt County added a final run in the sixth to lead 23-9.

In the top of the seventh, Mitchell Godwin had a two-out double to left-center field, but a strikeout ended the game.

Ahoskie used eight pitchers. Spruill, Burden, Brad Miller, Ellis, Williams, Pryor, Cahoon and Godwin all pitched.

Post 102 had nine hits led by Horton and Robbins, who had two hits each. Merritt, Godwin, Williams, Burden and Braxton Sumner each had one hit.

Ahoskie dropped to 0-8 with the loss and will host Edenton Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.