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Legion splits pair of doubleheaders

SoVaNow.com / July 01, 2013
The Post 8 Junior American Legion team split a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Roanoke Post 8, 18-8, while losing game one, 7-4.

South Boston 18, Roanoke 8

Matt Ratliff had a terrific outing for the locals, finishing 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Will Harris also went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Kelonte Gutrich went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Tanner Bennett went one-for-two with two RBI.

South Boston finished with 14 hits, including seven doubles. South Boston showed good patience at the plate, drawing eight walks.

Jake Hughes, Tanner Bennett, Harris and Jacob McKinney shared the pitching duties, holding Roanoke to 10 hits and eight runs, just six earned. South Boston pulled away with a four-run, three-hit sixth, sparked by a two-run double from Ratliff.

Roanoke 7, South Boston 4

South Boston struggled offensively, finishing with just two hits. Harris and Tripp Bennett had the hits for South Boston.

Tripp Bennett delivered an RBI triple in the three-run fourth, and South Boston added an unearned run in the fifth.

In earlier action, Post 8 split a doubleheader with Martinsville Friday at home.

Martinsville got plenty of early offense and sailed to a 14-1 win in game one.

South Boston prevailed in game two, 9-2.

Kashawn Hillard pitched well for Post 8, fanning five, walking two and scattering seven hits. He had the complete game win.

South Boston had ten hits, with Harris going 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. McKinney and Ryan Powell each went two-for-three.

South Boston scored four runs on five hits in a breakout fourth, helped by a Harris RBI single and some defensive mistakes by Martinsville.

South Boston added three runs in the sixth, with McKinney scoring on a passed ball and another run coming home on an error.

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