Rocky Mount Post 6 tallied three runs in its first two at bats and manufactured an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth Tuesday en route to its third straight win – a 4-1 District F American Legion Baseball Seniors triumph over Danville Post 325 at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.
Post 325 scored its lone run in the top of the sixth to cut a three-run deficit to two, 3-1, before Post 6 answered in its half of the frame.
Post 6 was limited to two hits, both of which were recorded in the bottom of the sixth – a single by Hunter Cannaday and a solo home run by Jay Mohler i– but Rocky Mount benefited from 10 walks surrendered by three Post 325 pitchers.
Easton Forbes drew three walks and Cameron Mullins drew two, while Logan Mason, Grayson Chitwood, Cannaday, Mohler and Matthew Holley each received one free pass to first base.
Post 325 starting pitcher Phillip Owens lasted only 2/3 of an inning and was tagged with the loss. He allowed four walks and two runs, both of which were earned.
Also, Owens was charged with a wild pitch and a balk. He threw 29 pitches to six batters.
Post 6 scored its initial two runs, courtesy of a Jared Wright ground out in the first inning.
Post 6 starting pitcher Will Turner (1-0), a right-hander who has made a non-binding verbal commitment to continue his baseball career this fall at NCAA Division III Roanoke College, worked 5 2/3 innings for the victory.
Turner permitted eight hits, three walks and an earned run. He struck out five.
Turner threw 103 pitches, 65 of which were strikes, to 27 batters. He hit a batter and was charged with a wild pitch.
Turner induced three ground outs and six fly outs.
Right-hander Davis Ferguson, who has made a non-binding verbal commitment to continue his baseball career this fall at NCAA Division III Hampden-Sydney College, faced six batters in 1 1/3 innings of relief and earned a save. He threw 19 pitches, 11 of which were strikes, and gave up a hit.
Jackson Lancaster led Post 325 with three hits, including a double which was his team’s lone extra-base hit, while Grayson Reid collected two hits and Graham Dalton, Hunter Adkins, Josh White and Darius Davis each registered a hit.
Post 6 committed the game’s lone error and each team turned a double play.
Forbes and Mohler each stole a base for Post 6.
Post 325 stranded 11 runners on base; Post 6 left seven runners aboard
CIRCLING THE BASES: Post 6 and Post 325 play again tonight at 7:30 at Dan Daniel Memorial Park’s Legion Field.
On Sunday, Post 6 faces two-time reigning District F champion Lynchburg Post 16 in a doubleheader at Naff Field with the first game starting at 5 p.m.
Military personnel will be honored at the game.
On Tuesday, Post 6 takes on Christiansburg Post 59 at Kiwanis Field in Salem at 7 p.m.
Rocky Mount Post 6’s Junior American Legion squad (1-6) dropped its second straight game Wednesday, falling 10-2 to Patrick County Post 105 in Stuart.
Post 6 is off until Wednesday, July 3 when it entertains Christiansburg Post 59.
The first game of a scheduled doubleheader begins at 5 p.m. The second game is set for a 7 p.m. start.