LYNCHBURG — Three multiple-run rallies by Colonial Heights Post 284 brought an end to Rocky Mount Post 6’s 2019 campaign.
Post 284 tallied three runs each in the first and fourth frames and four runs in the last of the fifth for a 11-1 victory over Post 6 in an elimination game Thursday morning in the Virginia State American Legion Baseball Seniors tournament at Lynchburg City Stadium/Calvin Falwell Field.
The game was stopped after five innings because of the run rule.
Post 284’s victory is its second following an opening-day, 6-2 loss to Lynchburg Post 16.
Post 284’s two victories are by a combined score of 26-2.
The setback was Post 6’s worst of the season. Its other three losses this season were by a combined seven runs.
After Thursday’s play, half of the eight-team field in the double-elimination tournament will have been eliminated.
Post 6 (12-4), the District F champion, was making its third state tournament appearance in its history, its first since a 2-2 finish in the 2015 event.
Post 6 suffered back-to-back losses, the first on Wednesday to reigning state champion Vienna Post 180, for the first time this season. It lost its season-opener at home to district foe Christiansburg Post 59 and later lost at home in league play to Post 16, which is playing in the state tournament for the third year in a row.
Post 6 was 2-1 versus Post 59, 1-1 versus Post 16, 4-0 versus Martinsville Post 42, 2-0 versus Big Island Post 217, 2-0 versus Danville Post 325, 1-0 versus McLean Post 270, 0-1 versus Vienna Post 180 and 0-1 versus Colonial Heights Post 284 this season.
Post 6 prevented the shutout when Jared Wright belted a solo home run in the top of the second to make the count 3-1.
Right-hander John Michael Holley started on the mound for Post 6 and was charged with the loss. He lasted 2/3 of an inning.
Holley, who played on Franklin County’s junior varsity team this past spring and who split time between Post 6’s Senior and Junior clubs this summer, threw 44 pitches, 21 of which were strikes. He permitted one hit, but surrendered four walks and three runs, all of which were unearned.
Hunter Cannaday (3 1/3 innings) and Davis Ferguson (2/3 of an inning) each worked in relief for Post 6.
The two allowed a combined seven hits, four walks and seven runs, four of which were earned.
Cannaday and Ferguson threw a combined 67 pitches and 37 of those were for strikes. They faced 24 batters.
No Post 284 hitters struck out. Nine of its hitters were retired by fly outs and one was retired by a ground out.
Post 284 (13-6-1) outhit Post 6, 8-6, and played error-free defense, while Post 6 committed three miscues, all by shortstop Jay Mohler.
Post 6 did turn the game’s lone double play.
Post 284 tallied four runs in the fifth inning to bring the contest to a halt.
Hunter Vaughn pitched three innings to earn the win for Post 284. He permitted five hits, including the home run by Wright.. He walked one, hit a batter and struck out one.
Vaughn threw 43 pitches, 30 of which were strikes. Of the 15 batters he faced, he retired three on ground outs and five on fly outs.
Reliever Brandon Pond worked two innings and surrendered a hit, while striking out three. Twenty of his 28 pitches were strikes. He faced seven batters and coaxed two fly outs.
Nate Tuck, Justin Parker, Mark Camp and Pond drove in runs for Post 284 during its game-clinching, fifth-inning rally.
Camp (double) and Richard Jones (triple) each collected two hits, while Grant Vest, Tuck, Parker and Pond each had one hit.
Tuck and Jones each stole a base and Pond drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Camp and Pond each drove in a game-best three runs.
Easton Forbes, Post 6’s lead-off hitter, was 2 of 3., while Wright, Bailey Hall, Grayson Chitwood and Cameron Mullins each recorded one hit.
Logan Mason had a sacrifice and Noah Basham was hit by a pitch.
Each team stranded six runners on base.
Vienna Post 180 def. Warrenton Post 72, 10-0
Leesburg Post 34 def. Albemarle Post 74, 12-4
Rocky Mount Post 6 def. McLean Post 270, 9-4
Lynchburg Post 16 def. Colonial Heights Post 284, 6-2
Warrenton Post 72 def. McLean Post 270, 5-1
Colonial Heights Post 284 def. Albemarle Post 74, 15-1
Vienna Post 180 def. Rocky Mount Post 6, 5-3
Leesburg Post 34 def. Lynbchburg Post 16, 15-1
Colonial Heights Post 284 def. Rocky Mount Post 6, 10-1
Warrenton Post 72 def. Lynchburg Post 16, 8-6
Vienna Post 180 def. Leesburg Post 34, 5-1
Warrenton Post 72 def. Leesburg Post 34, 10-3
Vienna Post 180 def. Colonial Heights Post 284, 13-0
ORDER OF ELIMINATION
McLean Post 270
Albemarle Post 74
Rocky Mount Post 6
Lynchburg Post 16
Leesburg Post 34
Colonial Heights Post 284