Wednesday, July 9, 2014
In coach Jason West’s mind, the American Legion playoff opener between his team, Georgetown Post 114, and Goose Creek Post 166 was one Georgetown mostly threw away.
He’s probably right.
Goose Creek scored six runs on a slew of walks and just one hit in the bottom of the first inning to build a sizable lead and held on for an 11-9 victory July 7, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series.
“When you walk eight batters in the first inning, you tend to lose,” West said. “… We’ve just gotta come back and win three out of four now.”
Game 2 was set for Georgetown on July 8 along with Game 4 on July 10 if necessary.
Seth Wall, Ryan Holcombe, Justin Colgrove and Jordan Cantley each had two hits to power Georgetown at the plate. Though down 6-0 after an inning, Post 114 continued to battle. It closed to within 7-5 after four innings but two costly errors on the same play by centerfielder Mark Alan Nash proved lethal.
In the bottom of the fifth, Goose Creek pushed it’s lead to 8-5 on an infield single by Tyler Rio and later loaded the bases with two outs.
Nash dropped a line drive that would have been the final out, allowing two runners to score, and then threw the ball away to third base, enabling the other runner to cross the plate.
The three unearned runs ended up being the difference in the game.
“That’s the way the cookie crumbles,” West said. “Some times you have nights like that.”
Still, Georgetown kept battling.
A two-run single by Wall in the sixth cut Post 166’s advantage to 11-7, chasing Post 166 ace Tyler Rio, and Riley Jordan made it 11-8 with a solo shot in the eighth.
Daniel Jones added an RBI double with two outs in the ninth.
“I don’t think it was our best game but it wasn’t our worst game,” Post 166 coach Aaron Preston said. “We only had eight hits. The majority of our runs came on all those walks and they had that one (drop).
“We need to swing the bat a little bit better and play even better defense (the rest of the series).”
Chris Zurcher, Davon Higgins and Bryce Singletary had two hits each for Post 166.
Rio tossed five-plus innings to earn the win on the mound for Goose Creek. Singletary finished it out for the save.
Rio and Singletary combined to fan nine Post 114 hitters.
Ethan Wright took the loss for Georgetown, walking seven batters and recording just one out before reliever Kevin Kies entered.
Kies pitched until Tyler Bratcher took over in the bottom of the eighth.
West said Wright would likely come back and start Game 3 at Goose Creek since he threw less than 40 pitches.
Cody Thompson is set to take the mound in Game 2 for Georgetown while Michael Cedotal is projected to start for Goose Creek.