Post 102 juniors garner split

Published 11:20 am Monday, May 28, 2012

AHOSKIE – Ahoskie Post 102 and Elizabeth City Post 84 split a Junior American Legion double header here Sunday afternoon.

Post 84 took game one 6-0 and Ahoskie bounced back to take the second one 11-10.

I the first game, Drew Williams of Lawrence Academy pitched a shutout as Elizabeth City beat Ahoskie 6-0.

Post 84 opened the scoring with a run in the top of the second and added another in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead.

Elizabeth City then scored their final four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Williams highlighted the inning with a two-run single.

Ryan Weaver, Everette Sawyer, Eric Ortiz and Jahleel Fleetwood have Ahoskie’s four hits.

Bryan Merritt and Tyler Small pitched for Ahoskie while Williams went five innings for the win allowing no runs on four hits. He struck out four.

In the second game, Austin Hurdle had a game-winning RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth and Ahoskie claimed victory.

Elizabeth City jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after an inning and a half, but Ahoskie tied up the game in just one half an inning.

Brandon Terry walked and went to third on a Tyler Small single to right. Terry then scored on a Clay Barmer RBI-squeeze bunt single.

A.J. Liverman then singled on the infield to load the bases. Small scored on a bases loaded walk to Everette Sawyer.

Barmer scored on a Bryan Merritt RBI-single and then Liverman and Sawyer came home on an Ortiz two-run single to right.

Terry walked to reload the bases before Ryan Weaver reached on a dropped third strike which also allowed Merritt and Ortiz score to tie the game at 7-all.

Elizabeth City roared back with three runs in the top of the third and took a 10-7 lead.

Ahoskie scored a run in the bottom of the fourth frame to begin their comeback. Merritt singled and went to second on an error before scoring on a Terry RBI-double to left.

Post 102 then tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth stanza.

Small and Tyler Jones each drew walks and advanced on a wild pitch. Fleetwood then delivered a two-run double to left-centerfield to tie the game.

Ahoskie then came through with the winning run in the home half of the sixth.

With one out, Weaver tripled to right-center field. After another out, Hurdle singled to left and gave Post 102 the walkoff victory.

Ahoskie had 10 hits on the day, led by Merritt with two.

Post 102 used five pitchers. Terry, Liverman, Stephen Umphlett, Ortiz and Ackerman Grace saw action on the mound. Grace picked up the win.

“This was a great comeback win,” Post 102 Head Coach Brandon Matthews said. “We had a good team effort. We battled hard and did what we had to do to get a win.”

Ahoskie is now 2-2 and will play Windsor at Bertie High School Tuesday at 7 p.m.