Post 151 takes narrow series opening win, 6-5
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, July 6, 2019
FARMVILLE — Brandon Ward made sure Post 151’s postseason got off to a winning start.
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, his game-winning single drove in Josh Faust and lifted Farmville to a 6-5 win over Wilson Post 13 at Farmville Central High School on Friday.
“It’s not about your last name, it’s the name on your jersey,” an enthusiastic Post 151 coach Josh Boberg told his team after Post 151 took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series in the Area One East playoffs. “No quit in the team tonight. They are fired up every game. Maybe those emotions helped them grind down and fight through it in the bottom of the ninth.”
Ward had plenty of help setting up the moment.
Wilson scored three runs in the top of the ninth, almost batting through the order, to take a 5-2 lead.
Dylan Benton (2-for-4, R) hammered the first pitch of the bottom of the frame out of the park to cut Post 13’s lead to two.
Blake McLawhorn and Lee Parker added back-to-back singles before an error by Post 13 pitcher Dom Garlano allowed Grayson Myrick to load the bases. A single from Brayden Burnette scored McLawhorn to trim the deficit to 5-4. Burnette crossed the plate on RBI single from Faust, tying the game at 5.
Ward then ended the game two pitches later.
“We have to get some rest and figure out who will pitch for tomorrow’s game,” Boberg said.
Throughout the game, Post 151 players were fired up, whether the action was going their way or not. The postseason atmosphere is felt clearly by Boberg and his team.
“It may be a best-of-three series but everyone says taking game one is putting a stranglehold on the series,” Boberg said. “We just have to rest, figure out who to pitch and keep the emotions controlled. I don’t like chatter against the other team, i don’t like chatter against the officials, I like chatter for our guys from out guys.”
The series travels to Fleming Stadium in Wilson tonight for game two, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. If Post 151 wins, it will face Kinston Post 43 in a best-of-five series that will begin on July 9 in Kinston. If they lose they will return to Farmville for game three Sunday night.
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