Post 13 suffers 1st Area I East defeat

Wayne County thumps Wilson 8-2

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Wilson Post 13’s undefeated run through Area I East Division baseball competition ended with an 8-2 loss to Wayne County Post 11 on a swelteringSunday night in Fleming Stadium.

Post 11 shelled Wilson starting pitcher Steven Worley, a right-hander from North Johnston High, for seven hits and five runs in the first two innings. Wayne forged a 5-0 lead it never relinquished.

Post 13 had its chances and remained within striking distance until sloppy Post 13 play resulted in a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning.

Wilson continues division play with a doubleheader at Edenton on Tuesday evening.

Division-leading Wilson dipped to 4-1 against division foes and dropped to 4-2 overall. Wayne County improved to 3-1 amd 7-5 respectively.

Wayne County tagged Wilson pitching for 11 hits, including Worley, the loser, who allowed six runs, five earned, and four wild pitches in five innings.

Left-hander Alston Pittman mopped up. In four innings, Pittman, from Beddingfield High, yielded just one hit, two unearned runs and struck out four.

“Alston did a great job,” noted Wilson head coach Daniel Johnson. “We found another arm tonight.

Wilson also collected 11 hits but Post 11 right-hander Kolby Anderson, aided by sharp defensive play from shortstop Jack Casbarro, limited Post 13 to just two runs through 723 innings. Wilson squandered opportunities in the third, sixth innings and eighth innings, stranding 12 base runners.

Wayne County’s three-run first was highlighted by center fielder Tanner Wells’ two-run single.

Post 11 was aided by three wild pitches in the two-run second, when Wells blasted a triple and scored. Wells doubled in the fourth.

“This was pretty big for our team,” Casbarro said. “We had been struggling the past couple of games. We played really well. Kolby threw really well and we had a good approach at the plate. We were swinging at first-pitch fastballs and not taking too many first-pitch strikes.”

Added Post 11 head coach Jason Sherer: “We haven’t played like that in a while. Everybody that played contributed. We beat a good team. We jumped on them early and made it hard for them to come back.”

Wilson plated a run in the bottom of the second. First baseman Thomas Helms singled, dashed to third on an errant pickoff throw and trotted home on designated hitter Bryson Worrell’s single.

In the fifth, Wilson center fielder Trey Whitley, who wound up with three hits, tripled and scored on second baseman Jake Taylor’s single.

Post 13, which won 7-4 on Saturday at Kinston Post 43, stranded two base runners in each of the third, sixth and eighth innings.

Right fielder Hunter Lee, who had a pair of hits, reasoned Post 13 was just a clutch hit away from getting back into the game. In the sixth and eighth innings, Lee came to the plate with two outs and two runners on base. He was denied on a line drive to third base and a hard-hit bouncer — again to third base.

“Coach tells us to be aggressive,” Lee said. “Both pitches were right there and I happened to hit the ball right at them.

“But we didn’t play well. We had 11 hits and left 12 on base. We didn’t get the timely hit. They hit the ball great; they definitely put it into play.

“This is the first time we’ve given up more than four runs in a game. But we got a good luck at them and will definitely be ready for them the next time.”

And as Johnson shrugged and said: “Just another summer American Legion baseball game.”

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