Wilson rallies by Post 37

Published 11:53 am Friday, June 8, 2012

WINDSOR – Windsor’s Post 37 American Legion baseball team tried to get back to their winning ways after a Monday loss, but came up short Wednesday night at Bertie High School baseball field when they dropped a 19-9 decision to Wilson Post 13.

Zach Eubanks and Shaun Holloway each went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs.  Eubanks also came on to pitch in relief of Holloway and absorbed the loss.

Other superlatives for Post 37 included Ryan Lilley and Will Gurganus each going 3-for-5 and driving in a run. Chris Rogerson and Caleb Whitley also had RBI’s for Windsor.

“We did what we could and I’m not making excuses, but we had about half a team here tonight, but we pieced it together and tried to make it competitive,” said coach Wayne Hill.

Indeed, Windsor looked in control of the game, leading, 7-4, with three innings to go. An error-plagued sixth inning doomed Post 37 to their fourth loss of the season.

“Our defense has got to make the plays because that’s what helps out our pitching,” added Hill. “Next time out I hope we’ll do a little bit better against them, because we play them up in Wilson on Monday.”

Windsor seized early control of the game with three runs in the first inning.

Lilley got a base-hit up the middle and moved to second when Caleb Sherman drew a walk. Gurganus then delivered a shot just inside the third base line to score the first run of the game.

One out later, Eubanks sent a sneaky liner just inside right field and a pair of runs came across the dish to make it 3-0.  Post 37 went on to load the bases, but Wilson managed to kill the threat and avoid further damage.

In the second inning, Windsor made it 4-0 when Sherman reached on an error and came home one-out later on a Rogerson single to right center field; they held that shutout into the fourth.

Avery Harper got Wilson on the board, and halved the Windsor lead, with the first of his pair of two-run home runs in the top of the fourth before Windsor put up three more in their half of the frame.

With two out, Rogerson walked, moved to second on a Eubanks base hit, and came home on a single to left field by Whitley. Holloway came up next and his long single into the gap in left delivered two more runs for a 7-2 Windsor lead.

But from there, the tables turned.  Post 37 would get just three more hits the rest of the night.

Wilson got a run in the top of the fifth to pull within four and then tied it in the sixth when Windsor made three errors that led to a quartet of runs.

The game entered the seventh tied at 7-7, but Wilson would score four runs per inning until the end of the contest.

Hill then made the first of four pitching changes and Wilson’s bats exploded.  As in the sixth they got four across in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

Windsor didn’t go quietly, however.

Two more runs for Post 37 came in the bottom of the eighth with Gurganus and Lilley feeding on Wilson pitching, but it was too little, too late.

“We were down to our last pitcher and I was using guys not normally in our rotation; but they came in and did the best they could to just help us get out of that game,”  Hill said. “Maybe we’ll get a little better before it’s over with.”

Windsor (2-4) plays a twinbill in Wilson on Monday before a showdown on the road with Ahoskie Post 102 later in the week.  They don’t return to the BHS field until June 20.