Hot start by Post 39
By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector
Monday, July 9, 2018
WINTERVILLE — Between Josh McCarter’s RBI single in the first inning and Ty’Shawn Barrett’s game-ending RBI single in the bottom of the fifth on Monday night, Pitt County Post 39 was patient at the plate and aggressive on the base paths in producing a 12-2 rout of visiting Kinston in the American Legion baseball playoffs.
The win, which was made possible thanks to seven Pitt stolen bases but also four errors by Kinston and 10 total free passes by its pitchers, came in the opening game of their best-of-five Area 1 East second-round playoff series. Each squad received a bye in the first round.
“It’s July and it’s legion baseball, so we are not going to leave anything on the table and if we think we can get it and we can be aggressive then we will,” Post 39 coach Ryan Meadows said. “It’s time to break out all the stops and figure out how to win each game. One thing we thought we could do tonight was to run and be aggressive.”
Pitt, which got a complete game pitching performance from Trey Jernigan, had four hits in producing 12 runs. McCarter added to his RBI single by roping a two-run double in the fourth, and Phillip Boykin drove in a run with a single.
Boykin’s base hit capped an eight-run fourth inning for the hosts, creating an 11-2 cushion.
Boykin finished with three stolen bases and two runs scored.
Post 39 was playing for the time since it lost 4-3 to Farmville on June 28.
“I think it turned out for the best and we had two really rejuvenated practices with some great body language and some great energy, and then that carried over to tonight,” Meadows said of the time off. “I was really proud of the effort from the guys.”
Game 2 is at Kinston High and the series will return to Pitt Community College on Wednesday.
It was 3-1 when Kinston scored a single tally in the top of the fourth to make it a one-run deficit.
Post 39 then exploded for eight runs during an inning that began with a hit batsman and later featured four straight walks. McCarter’s double scored Caleb Morris and Robbie O’Neal.
Morris and O’Neal drew walks with two outs in the fifth to set up Barrett’s game-ending hit into right field.
Jernigan struck out nine with one hit batsman and four hits yielded.
“You want to start off 1-0 in everything and we were fortunate enough to only throw one arm tonight,” Meadows said. “Trey did a great job. We expected him to pound the zone and let us compete. We like how this series sets up for us, but at the same time we have to wipe the slate clean tomorrow.”
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