American Legion runs to championship

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — American Legion Post 147 used a seven-run fourth inning to put distance between the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office team in Thursday night’s PONY League Championship at Rockingham Civitan Park.

The Sheriff’s Office had upset the No. 1 seed Wednesday night and American Legion, the No. 3 seed in the four-team tournament, also won Wednesday to advance to the title game.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com After the batter ahead of him was intentionally walked, Chase DeMay launched a bases-loaded triple for a 10-1 American Legion lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
After the batter ahead of him was intentionally walked, Chase DeMay launched a bases-loaded triple for a 10-1 American Legion lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Holding a 3-1 lead after three innings, American Legion pitcher Nolan Allen struck out all three batters in the top of the fourth. As American Legion came to bat in the bottom half of the inning, something clicked — in short, everything went right for American Legion Post 147.

With two outs and two on base, the Sheriff’s Office pitcher elected to intentionally walk American Legion shortstop Drew Loving. The move backfired quickly, as Chase DeMay launched a long fly ball to left center that no one could get to. The hit put American up 10-1.

Tyler Bass added a two-run single earlier in the inning to give American Legion a 6-1 lead.

The Sheriff’s Office took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but American Legion responded with three runs in the bottom of the first. Allen started the rally by striking out, but the ball got away from the catcher and Allen reached first base safely.

Loving smashed a single to short, moving Allen from first to third, and Allen scored on an errant throw to first base to knot the game 1-1.

Gordon Phil walked and Loving advanced to third. Loving scored on a wild pitch for a 2-1 American Legion lead. The Legion went up 3-1 as Evin Mabe was at the plate and silently let a wild pitch go back and allow Phil to score.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Richmond County Sheriff's Office team coach Floyd Hunt visits the mound in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office team coach Floyd Hunt visits the mound in the bottom of the fourth inning.

 

 

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