Post 102 makes it four of five

Published 11:01 am Friday, June 15, 2012

ELIZABETH CITY – Ahoskie Post 102 grabbed a Senior American Legion victory over Elizabeth City Post 84 by a 6-4 margin here Thursday.

Ahoskie got things started with a single run in the top of the first frame.

With two out, Daniel Merritt and Ryan Williams drew back-to-back walks. Merritt scored when Billy Nixon delivered an RBI-single making it 1-0.

Post 102 added a trio of runs in the top of the third frame.

Marvin Harrell walked and stole second. He moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on Merritt’s RBI-fielder’s choice. As Williams reached on another fielder’s choice, he was injured on the play. Pinch runner Brandon Stifflemier went to second on a Nixon single before Clay Robbins had a base hit to load the bases.

Stifflemier and Nixon raced home on a two-run single by Tyler Pryor that made it 4-0 in favor of Post 102.

Ahoskie pushed the lead to 5-0 with a run in the top of the fourth inning.

Tyler Burden walked and went to second on a sacrifice by Harrell. He stole third and scored on a Merritt RBI-groundout.

Elizabeth City scored for the first time in the bottom of the fourth, plating two runs and closing the gap to 5-2.

Ahoskie’s final run came in the top of the fifth.

Nixon singled and went all the way to third when Pryor reached on an error. Nixon scored on a Trey Lawrence RBI-single to give Ahoskie a 6-2 lead.

Post 84 plated a run in the sixth and another in the eighth to close the gap to 6-4, but never got closer.

Timmy Whitlow started and pitched five and one-third innings for the win. He allowed three runs on five hits and struck out three. Nixon pitched the final three and two-third innings. He allowed one run on one hit and struck out six.

Post 102 had nine hits, led by Nixon with three hits. Pryor and Robbins had two hits each.

“This was a big conference win,” Post 102 coach Dave Ellis said. “We got good pitching form both Timmy and Billy. We hit the ball pretty well. Overall, it was a good win for us. Elizabeth City has improved since the first time we played them.”

Ahoskie has now won four of their last five to improve to 5-9 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

They will play at Wilson Sunday in a doubleheader which begins at 4 p.m. Post 102 then will travel to Rocky Mount Monday. First pitch for that contest is 7 p.m.