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Ahoskie’s Ricky Neathery, top, and Pitt County’s Michael Crumpter collide at second during their game on June 7, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pitt County American Legion Post 39 baseball defeated Ahoskie Post 102, 5-4 and 9-1 on Thursday night, first taking the close continuation of a previously postponed game before winning convincingly in the second game.

Drew Nichols, Anthony Saieed, Robbie O’Neal, Grant Charles Jarman and Brock Cross rapping two hits apiece in the nightcap, including three RBIs by Cross.

After sacrifice fly by Ahoskie’s Gage Riddick scored Justin Winslow from third to put Post 102 in front 1-0 in the second game, Post 39 came out swinging when Nichols knocked a leadoff triple to set himself up in scoring position. A sacrifice fly by Saieed scored Nichols to even the score. Michael Crumpler singled and O’Neal walked, and a double steal moments set the team up to score again on Cross’ fly ball to put Post 39 in front, 2-1.

Post 39 (9-0) tacked on another run in the fourth, but the fifth provided the nail in the coffin for Post 102’s chances of coming back. Following an O’Neal single, Cross hit an RBI triple to increase the lead to 5-1. An RBI single by Jarman made it 6-1.

Easton Dally, Nichols and Saieed drove in insurance runs to seal the win for Post 39.

Post 39 gave up just one run on nine hits, a point head coach Ryan Meadows praised following the game.

“We got some arms we feel we can roll out there and help us compete,” Meadows said. “I think the defense behind the arms that ran out there was the focal point of the game, because we scattered nine hits to an opponent. To give up nine hits and only give up one run, there has got to be some defensive efficiency to go in there with it.”

Meadows and his coaching staff are looking to decide who will make the Post 39 final 18-man roster, which must be decided June 20. 

“It’s kind of sorting itself out,” he said. “Between injury and attrition it always does, and we have several more weeks before we even have to worry about that. We just want to come out here and play good baseball.”

The teams began the evening tied at four in the top of the seventh inning. O’Neal sent Post 102 back empty-handed from the mound to resume the game. Saieed singled and quickly stole second during an at-bat by O’Neal. A passed ball by Ahoskie catcher Frankie Reppy scored Saieed to end the game, 5-4, in favor of Post 39.

Post 39 will host Edenton Post 40 for a doubleheader Sunday at Pitt Community College. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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