Sunday, June 30, 2013

American Legion: Post 175 wins fifth straight; improves to 6-2.....

After a slow start and many bouts with Mother Nature, Mechanicsville Post 175 has found a groove.

They finished a busy weekend of four games in under 48 hours with a 15-8, rain-shortened victory Sunday evening at Powhatan Post 201. The win was the fifth straight for Post 175, moving their record to 6-2.

Post 201 kept it close, matching Post 175's three-run first inning with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. But 175 kept the offense going, scoring one each in the second and third, then taking advantage of five walks by 201 reliever NaJee Jones, scoring six runs, the big hit being a double down the left field line by Cody Powers which drove in two of the six.

Colin Lawless of Post 201 cut the 175 lead in half in the bottom of the fourth when he launched a grand slam home run over the right field fence off reliever Patrick Holler (starter Evan Swecker exited the game after just one inning after suffering an unknown injury).

Post 175 responded with power of its own, as Michael Thomas launched a two-run shot deep over the right field fence, part of a three-run fifth to make the score 14-7.

The rain, which had been held at bay by a slow moving system just a few miles west of the stadium for over two hours, finally began to fall at Baltimore Field in the top of the sixth, and the umpires called the game after 5 1/2 innings with Post 175 ahead 15-8.

Powhatan Post 201 falls to 3-5 with the defeat.

Post 175 returns home to Atlee High School for a doubleheader of two 7-inning games Tuesday at 5:30 against Lakeside Post 125, weather permitting.

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