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Top, Post 8 infielder Christian Worley tries to get a Lynchburg runner stealing second. Above, Post 8 first baseman Shaun Perkins reaches for a pickoff attempt Monday. / July 27, 2017

The American Legion Post 8 Junior baseball club has to be optimistic heading to state tournament action in Spotsylvania.

Post 8 and Post 16 of Lynchburg are both headed to the state. The largest district, which includes these teams, sends two representatives to complete the eight-team field.

Post 8 enjoyed two different kinds of wins over Post 16 - 10-2 on Sunday - and then a rousing 11-7 extra innings victory on Monday.

In the Monday game, Colt LaRue threw 52 pitches in relief and helped shut down a fired-up Lynchburg team, after Post 16 had forced a tie in the seventh.

Eventually, Post 8 found a way to seal the deal in its half of the eighth.

Post 8 scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch, and Shaun Perkins blasted an RBI triple. Brayden Moore also delivered a two-run double.

Post 8 finished the game with 16 hits.

Blake Duffer had an RBI double and an RBI single. Christian Worley added a double, an RBI single and a single. Tyler Mabe delivered an RBI single and a base hit. Perkins doubled and cracked an RBI triple.

Post 8 almost let this one get away, as Post 16 took advantage of a defensive miscue to rally in the seventh to force a tie. But LaRue did enough to close the door on Lynchburg.

Post 8 also had some defensive web gems, including excellent defense by Dylan Clark and Moore in center.

LaRue held Post 16 scoreless in late relief, keeping his poise in a tough situation. He threw strikes and trusted his defense to back him up.

S. Perkins shows the spirit of this Post 8 club. His uniform was covered in dirt Monday.

He had a double and an RBI triple, with that late blast coming at a key time.

Legion coach Josh Perkins praised his team for their gut-check resiliency.

“I think they kind of took it for granted it was over, and had a sloppy inning,” said Perkins, lamenting the seventh, when Post 16 capitalized on an ill-timed defensive mistake by Post 8.

“Brayden (Moore) started off and did an excellent job (in the starting assignment). The kids that came in during the middle did not pitch bad. We just had some sloppy play behind them,” said Perkins.

But Post 8 rallied in the eighth and sealed a no. 1 seed in the state.

Post 8 had already clinched a state berth as a two seed from Sunday’s win, but Monday’s win game them the top seed.

Post 8 scored four runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the sixth to blow past Lynchburg Sunday.

Alex Lowery worked three innings and fanned two, while Drew Harlow fanned nine in a four inning relief stint.

Harlow had a 3-for-4 outing, including a two-run double. Lowery also went 3-for-4 including a run scoring double and an RBI single.

Post 8 showcased some solid pitching in key situations, coupled with strong and timely offense. The locals also played well on defense, with a couple of exceptions, and showed the kind of team spirit that will be helpful in the state tournament quest.

American Legion junior baseball has no regional action following the state. The locals will be looking to go as far as they can in Spotsylvania.

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