Bear Grass claws Post 102

Published 9:39 am Thursday, June 16, 2016

AHOSKIE – Bear Grass Post 131, despite just its first year in Area-One, continues to surprise opponents in junior American Legion baseball play. Monday night Bear Grass picked up a key conference win, downing Ahoskie Post 102, 6-3.

Grant Little started for Ahoskie and held the Bear Grass bats in check for the first two innings, but Post 131 broke through in the top of the third; scoring three runs and taking a 3-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings of baseball.

Ahoskie countered with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Edward Bradley and Zeb Askew smacked back-to-back singles, and both moved into scoring position on Jordan Robinson’s groundout. Bradley would score on an error with Askew taking third base. Askew scored on Evan Lassiter’s RBI base-hit and Bear Grass’ lead was trimmed to a single run, 3-2 after three complete.

Post 131 got its final three runs in the top of the fourth and held a four-run bulge, 6-2, after four innings of play.

In the bottom of the sixth Ahoskie loaded the bases with two outs thanks to three straight walks to Grant Little, Edward Bradley, and Hunter Mitchell. But a groundout would leave the trio all stranded and Bear Grass maintain their four run lead.

Post 102 tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Robinson drew a one-out base-on-balls and scored on Trevor Lee’s RBI double to centerfield to pull within three. However, Lee was thrown out at third base trying to stretch his hit into a triple. The next batter struck out and that ended the rally and the game.

Mitchell relieved Little late in the game with Little saddled with the loss on the mound for Post 102.

Ahoskie had five hits off the sticks of five different batters, one each from Lee, Lassiter, Bradley, Askew, and Frankie Reppy.

Post 102 falls to 1-8 and 1-5 in conference while Bear Grass raises its mark to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in conference.

Ahoskie played Edenton at home Wednesday night in a game not completed by press-time. Post 102 will remain at home with a double-header against Perquimans on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.