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Post 8 scrappy, with solid offense, pitching

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Post 8 shortstop Peyton Chavis makes the stop. / June 21, 2018
American Legion Post 8’s scrappy junior baseball club is 2-3 after Tuesday’s 8-6 win over Big Island in South Boston.

Post 8 has solid offense, and reliable pitching.

But defensive mistakes have been costly so far, and errors in the field threatened to spoil a very good offensive showing against Big Island.

Post 8 collected 11 hits and made six errors. Big Island had just four hits, with three errors.

Post 8 reliever Drew Harlow had a very good outing, as he struck out the side in the top of the seventh. Harlow had entered in relief of Post 8 starter Colt LaRue.

Post 8 head coach Josh Perkins explained the focus for these youngsters moving forward after the Legion squad escaped with the win at home.

“We came out of the gate swinging, that’s the main thing. We keep swinging the bats well.

“We’ve got to tighten up on defense,” said Perkins.

“We’ve been stressing (defensive fundamentals) to the kids. They’ve just got to take more pride (in solid defense),” said Perkins.

Perkins said this team is capable of establishing momentum and winning consistently, but he said the defense has to improve.

Perkins noted LaRue basically maxed out on its pitch count, with Harlow ready to step in.

Post 8 is set to visit Martinsville tonight, followed by an exhibition with the Virginia Marlins here next Tuesday.

Post 8 showed some offensive prowess against Big Island.

Post 8 did its damage with four runs in the first inning, before Joey Duffer hit a one-out solo homer in the second. Post 8 added three in the fourth inning.

Zack Lowery belted an RBI triple in the first and J. Duffer delivered an RBI groundout.

Post 8 later put together more consistent offense in the fourth. Post 8 loaded the bases with one out and pinch-hitter Kolby Fisher had an RBI groundout back to the pitcher. Dylan Newton then sliced a tricky grounder past second, getting two more runs home.

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