LYNCHBURG — Vienna Post 180 completed a perfect run through the 2019 Virginia State American Legion Seniors Baseball tournament Saturday with a 6-4 victory over Warrenton Post 72 at Lynchburg City Stadium/Calvin Falwell Field.
En route to its second consecutive state championship, Post 180 won all five of its tournament games, posting book-end victories over Post 72, which was 3-2 in the tournament.
Following its opening-round, 10-0 win over Post 72, Post 180 bested Rocky Mount Post 6 (5-3), Leesburg Post 34 (5-1), Colonial Heights Post 284 (13-0) and Post 72 in succession.
By winning the championship, Post 180 advances to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament as Virginia’s representative.
After its first-game setback, Post 72 eliminated McLean Post 270 (5-1), Lynchburg Post 16 (8-6) and Leesburg Post 34 (10-3), last year’s Mid-Atlantic Region runner-up.
Post 180 scored four runs in the top of the first frame of Saturday’s title contest and led from wire-to-wire.
Post 72 rallied for three runs in the bottom of the second to cut the deficit to 4-3.
But Post 180 responded with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to double the spread.
Post 72 tallied its final run in the last of the seventh.
Post 180 outhit Post 72, 11-10, and each team committed one error.
Post 180 used a double by Zachary Perkins, a single by Allen Yager and a fielder’s choice by James Clark to manufacture its first-inning runs.
Perkins smacked an 0-1 pitch for his extra-base hit that plated two runs.
Lane Pearson, Billy Hoad and Jake Heenan each drove in a run for Post 72 during its second-inning rally.
Braden Huebsch’s went the distance on the mound for Post 180 to earn a complete-game victory. He permitted four runs and 10 hits, while striking out five.
Nathan Mabe was tagged with the loss for Post 72. He surrendered five runs and seven hits, while striking out four in five innings of work.
Carter Cunningham tossed two innings of relief for Post 72.
Cunningham and Mason Posey each collected two hits to pace Post 72.
Clark, William Neaves, Yager and Josh Gjormand each registered multiple hits for Post 180.