A first 2019 regular-season battle between the two teams that competed for last year’s District F championship was decided in extra innings Sunday at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.
Lynchburg Post 16, the two-time reigning District F titleholder, took a standing eight count after building an early lead, then rebounded to score two runs in the top of the ninth for an 8-6 victory over Rocky Mount Post 6’s Seniors.
Post 16 scored those two runs on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk.
Post 6 employed relievers Grayson Chitwood (0-1) and Davis Ferguson in the ninth. Chitwood permitted the winning run to score on the wild pitch. Ferguson yielded the bases-loaded walk, but the runner who scored from third base was one he inherited from Chitwood.
Chitwood and Ferguson combined to throw 39 pitches.
Chitwood walked three batters, while Ferguson walked two and struck out two.
Post 16 scored its two runs in the ninth without the benefit of a hit.
Post 6’s Bailey Hall opened the last of the ninth with a single before Post 16 retired each of Rocky Mount’s next three batters — Cameron Mullins, Hunter Cannaday and Ferguson — on two fly outs and a strike out to end the game.
Post 6 (4-2) saw a four-game winning streak end with the loss.
Post 16 outhit Post 6, 10-8, and each team left 10 runners on base.
Post 16 overcame two errors, while Post 6 played error-free defense.
Post 6 trailed 6-0 after 1 1/2 innings and 6-1 after two frames. Courtesy of a three-run fifth, Post 6 cut the deficit to 6-4.
Post 6 scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the count, but left the bases loaded. In the eighth, Post 6 stranded the deciding run at third base.
Post 16 sent seven batters to the plate in its two-run first and 12 hitters to the plate in its four-run second.
Noah Basham drove in Post 6’s first run in its half of the second inning with a sacrifice fly to left field.
In the fifth, walks to Basham and Jay Mohler and singles by Forbes and Chitwood accounted for Post 6’s three runs.
In the seventh, doubles by Forbes and Cameron Mullins and a single by John Michael Holley keyed Post 6’s two-run rally.
Three Post 16 pitchers combined for six strikeouts, but the trio surrendered eight walks and five of Post 6’s six runs were earned.
Tyler Hargis, the last pitcher of the threesome, worked three innings for the win. He allowed five hits, two walks and two runs, both of which were earned. He struck out two.
Jacob Moureau worked 6 2/3 innings innings of shut-out relief for Post 6.
Moureau threw 93 pitches, 59 of which were strikes, to 25 batters. He struck out seven and inducted four ground outs and six fly outs.
Taylor Fisher and John Kistler each collected two hits for Post 16, while Kyle Parker, Reed Dawson, Lucas Dickerson, D.J. Ferguson, Tyler Knight and Camen Bailey each registered one hit.
Forbes was 3 of 4 to pace Post 6, while Chitwood, John Michael Holley, Hall, Mullins and Cannaday each had one hit.
CIRCLING THE BASES:
Post 6 scored the game’s initial eight runs Friday en route to a 10-3 District F victory over Danville Post 325 at Dan Daniel Memorial Park’s Legion Field.
Post 6’s victory is its second this season over Post 325.
Post 6 scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, four in the fourth and one in the sixth to build an 8-0 lead.
Post 325 prevented the shutout by tallying all of its runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Post 6 manufactured its final two runs in the top of the seventh.
Post 6 outhit Post 325, 9-6, and benefited from two Post 325 errors, while committing just one defensive blunder.
All 15 of the game’s hits were singles.
A Mullins single was the highlighted hit of Post 6’s two-run first.
In the fourth, Post 6 took advantage of singles by Hall and Chitwood and a walk to Basham to produce four runs.
Mullins (1-1), a right-hander, worked 5 2/3 innings to earn his first win of the season.
Mullins permitted four hits, four walks and three runs, while striking out eight.
Mullins threw 110 pitches, 68 of which were strikes, to 27 batters. He induced four ground outs and four fly outs. He hit one batter.
Ferguson worked 1 1/3 innings of relief and allowed two hits.
Ferguson threw 26 pitches to six batters.
Post 6 also benefited from 10 walks yielded by five of Post 325’s six pitchers.
Only three of Post 6’s runs were earned.
Dawson Oakes, the first of five Post 325 relievers, was charged with the loss. He surrendered two hits, four walks and four runs, none of which were earned. He struck out three.
Dylan Cassell led Post 325 with two hits, while Grayson Reed, Brae Adkins, Josh White and Jackson Lancaster each had one hit.
Chitwood, Mullins, Cannaday and Matthew Holley each collected two hits for Post 6 and Hall had one hit.
Cannaday and Hall each drove in two runs, while Chitwood and Mullins each drove in one.
Holley stole two bases, while Chitwood and Logan Mason, who drew three walks and scored four runs, each swiped one.
Post 6 stranded 11 runners on base. Post 325 left nine runners aboard.