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Post 8 claims state championship

South Boston News / August 07, 2017

The American Legion Post 8 Junior baseball team has achieved a first-ever milestone by winning the state tournament at Spotsylvania.

To claim the Virginia crown, the Post 8 had to win twice on Saturday.

Post 8 downed Middlesex, 6-4, in the second and deciding game Saturday. It was Post 8’s second win of the day over Middlesex, which had beaten the South Boston team previously in the tournament.

Legion head coach Josh Perkins said, “the tournament showed what these kids are made of.” After a difficult 11-1 loss earlier to Middlesex, Perkins said, “It would have been easy for them to hang their heads and, especially having a game later that day.

“Instead, they came out, they were fired up, ready to play.

“From that point on, every game they played full of emotion. They stayed charged up and into it. Collectively, the whole team was a big part of this,” said Perkins.

South Boston’s Dillon Davis was named the tournament MVP.

The pitching was solid, and all of the starters did a good job working deep into the game, so South Boston did not have to burn but one pitcher at a time, explained Perkins.

“We had plenty of pitching left, all the way through,” said Perkins.

Tyler Mabe turned in a clutch championship mound outing. He worked a complete game. Mabe went seven innings and surrendered four unearned runs.

Mabe yielded six hits and fanned three.

Offensively, Davis went one-for-four with one RBI. Christian Worley produced a 2-for-3 outing with two RBI.

Mabe went one-for-three with two RBI.

“It was tight throughout. We scored one run in the top of the first and one in the top of the second,” said Perkins.

But Middlesex rallied with four runs in the bottom of the second.

South Boston got one run back in the bottom of the fourth, to draw within one run at 4-3.

Then, in the fifth, South Boston scored twice to take the lead. Post 8 d added one run in the sixth.

The fifth inning proved important for Post 8.

Dylan Clark led off and reached on an error. D. Davis then doubled him home.

Worley had a bunt sacrifice on a squeeze play to score D. Davis.

South Boston added a final run in the sixth. Blake Duffer led off with a single and he scored on a fielder’s choice by Clark.

Earlier, Post 8 beat Norfolk, 13-0, Wednesday.

The locals then beat Winchester, 9-6, Wednesday night.

Alex Lowery delivered a strong pitching effort, working five innings.

Clark went 3-for-5, with three RBI.

Lowery earned the win and he also cracked a three-run double.

From there, the locals advanced and lost to Post 242 Middlesex, 11-1.

“We were flat that day. Middlesex was a good ball team and they hit the ball well,” said Perkins.

South Boston rallied with a critical 11-4 win over Winchester to stay alive in the tournament.

The Friday night win came after a fine effort on the mound by Colt LaRue. He worked seven innings and held Winchester to four runs, with only a couple of those earned.

The offensive leaders included Clark, who went 3-for-4. Davis was 2-for-3. Shaun Perkins went 2-for-4. Lowery went three-for-four.

Mabe went 2-for-3.

Then, Post 8 had to play twice on Saturday. The locals had to win in the first outing to get to a decisive championship showdown.

Halifax won the first game over Middlesex, 14-7.

Carlton Redd turned in a stout pitching effort. He went 6-2/3 innings, allowing seven runs, most unearned.

Davis proved to be the offensive star. He went 4-for-5 with three RBI.

Lowery went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Joey Duffer went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

“A lot of them played on the school team (which earned 5-A runner-up honors) and being runner-up, I did not want to watch something happen to those boys again. It’s a great group of guys and it’s nice to see them winning the title,” said Perkins.

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