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Post 39 blast Post 46, 13-0

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Pitt County's Robbie O'Neal celebrates after a double during their game against Ahoskie on June 7, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pitt County Post 39 used a nine-run first inning to defeat Post 46 of Morehead City, 13-0 in five innings on Monday night in American Legion baseball action.

After pounding eight hits in the opening frame, Post 39 (13-0) took a commanding 9-0 lead and placed 14 batters in the box. Drew Nichols, Robbie O’Neal and Ty’Shawn Barrett all tallied two hits each, while Rayce Harrelson led the pack with three.

Already leading 1-0 after Nichols came home on a passed ball, O’Neal smashed a solo home run to advance the lead out to 2-0.

An error on a throw from third base then allowed Brock Cross to make it to first, which was quickly followed up by a Phillip Boykin single. With Cross on second and Boykin on first, Rayce Harrelson also singled to score Cross for a 3-0 edge. 

The offense didn’t stop there for Post 39. Ty’Shawn Barrett got in on the RBI-fest with a single that scored both Boykin and Harrelson for the 5-0 score. Barrett was not long for the bases, as a double by Shea Ward brought home the big DH to once again increase the lead, now 6-0. With his second at-bat of the inning, Nichols also tallied his second hit, scoring Ward, and O’Neal also tacked on another hit, bringing Nichols home to make it 8-0. Anthony Saieed wanted in on the hitting, smacking a single to score Zack Byrum, who replaced O’Neal on the bags to increase the lead to 9-0.

Reliever Scott Mayo replace starter Trey Jernigan on the mound, a substitution trend that played out over the course of the five inning game. Coach Ryan Meadows got a quick look at pitchers Jernigan, Mayo, Jacob Peaden, Shade Bland and Easton Dally, who all pitched one inning, ahead of Post 39’s area tournament beginning Friday and running through Sunday. 

“I think every pitcher knew the plan going in,” Meadows said. “We were going to throw seven pitchers over seven innings, but of course we ended up getting five guys out there. It was tough having 14 innings of baseball cancelled yesterday (a canceled) doubleheader against Edenton) and not playing again until this weekend. We had guys that needed some live batters. Competing is so much different than anything we can simulate.” 

In the second inning, Post 39 continued its offensive success with five more runs to end the game early.

Boykin nailed a single to get things going. Harrelson beat a close throw from the shortstop to tally a single, his second of the three on the night. Barrett’s RBI single scored Harrelson and Barrett rounded the bases on a Caleb Morris single to make the score 11-0. Byrum two-run single scored Morris and Will Weatherington.

Post 39 will be hosting the American Legion Showcase beginning Friday. American Legion Post teams from Jacksonville, Wilmington and Wallace will be coming to Greenville to test their skills.

The tournament will begin Friday as Post 39 takes on Post 265 of Jacksonville.

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

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