STAFFORD — Winchester Post 21 scored half of its runs in its first three at bats and the other half in its last two visits to the plate for an 8-1 victory over Martinsville Post 42 in the championship game of the 2019 Virginia State American Legion Baseball Juniors tournament Sunday.
Post 21 scored one run each in the first and third innings and two runs in the second to build a 4-1 edge. Then, Post 21 secured the victory by manufacturing two runs each in the fifth and sixth frames.
Post 21 outhit Post 42, 8-7, and benefited from three Post 42 errors, while committing just one defensive blunder.
Post 42 tallied its lone run in the top of the second to square the score at 1.
Yeison Sosa was tagged with the loss for Post 42. He lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and three runs, while striking out one.
Sosa, Hunter Whitlow, Elliott Underwood, Daniel Pendleton, Drew Fisher, Kyle Ramsey and Colton Stegall each recorded one hit for Post 42.
Post 42 (17-12-1) reached the finals by defeating Postsmouth Post 310 earlier Sunday, 7-3.
In the victory, Post 42 overcame a 2-0 deficit after half-an-inning by scoring four runs in its half of the first inning.
Post 310 scored once in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to a run, 4-3, before Post 42 responded with three unanswered runs, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Post 42 outhit Post 310, 12-3, and won despite committing three errors. Post 310 was charged with two defensive blunders.
Colby Cunningham and Conner Plaster each recorded three hits to pace Post 42.
Kyle Ramsey tossed a complete-game, three-hitter for Post 42. He struck out four and walked one.
Post 42 rebounded from an opening-day, 7-5 tournament loss to Lakeside Post 125 (Henrico) by defeating in succession Spotsylvania Post 320 (13-12), Newport News Post 25 (4-1), Lynchburg Post 16 (3-1) and Post 310.
Post 42, coached by Magna Vista head baseball coach Sam Suite, a former Ferrum College player, finished the season as the District F runner-up to Post 16 and as the state runner-up.