Post 80 tops Opp
It took an extra inning, but the junior American Legion Post 80 team from Andalusia earned a 5-4 road win against Opp Monday night.
Andalusia jumped on top 1-0 in the first inning when Jacob McCollough scored after reaching base on a fielder's choice. He moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a stolen base.
He scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Andrew Harry.
Post 80 added to their lead in the top of the third inning when Harry reached base on a walk and rounded the bases to give his team a 2-0 edge. He scored on an RBI-single by Cole Sightler.
The score remained 2-0 until the fifth inning when Post 80 attacked for two more runs. Trevor Mathews and Robbie Evans scored in the fifth to increase Post 80's lead to 4-0.
Mathews reached base when he was hit by a pitch and then Evans drew a walk. Michael Dutton had an RBI-double to plate Mathews after he stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Evans scored when Michael Couch belted an RBI-single.
Couch lost the opportunity to pitch a complete game shutout in the bottom of the sixth when Opp scored for the first time in the game to make the score 4-1.
Couch was pulled in the bottom of the seventh as Opp rallied for three more runs to knot the score at 4-4.
Post 80 scored one run in the top of the eighth and held on for a 5-4 win.
McCollough started the inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. He scored later in the inning on an RBI-single by Harry.
Miller, who was brought in to pitch for Andalusia in the seventh inning, went back to the mound in the eighth and struck out the first two batters he faced before getting the third Opp batter of the inning to ground out back to the mound.
The win for Post 80 came after a busy weekend.
Post 80 played a doubleheader against Pike County on Saturday.
Post 80 split with Pike County winning the first game 6-5 and dropping the second game 11-7.
In the first game, Post 80 scored three runs in the first inning when McCollough, Andrew Bryan and Patterson rounded the bases to score.
Pike County rallied for one run in the second inning and another in the fourth to get within one run of Post 80 at 3-2.
Pike County took the lead in the top of the sixth inning when they scored three runs to go on top 5-3.
Post 80 tied the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth when Couch and Harry scored.
In the bottom of the seventh, McCollough scored the winning run on a walk-off RBI-single by Patterson.
Evans played a key role in the win with two RBI-hits.
In the second game, Post 80 ran out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when McCollough, Mathews and Couch scored.
Pike County outscored Post 80 in the third inning to take a 6-5 lead.
Pike County added to their lead in the fifth with two more runs for an 8-5 advantage.
Both squads scored two runs in the sixth inning as Pike County remained out in front 10-7.
Pike County added one insurance run in the top of the seventh and held on for an 11-7 win.
On Father's Day, the Post 80 squad traveled to Ozark for a doubleheader against the Ozark Eagles and earned a split.
The Post 80 squad won the first game by a final score of 12-2 in five innings as Couch led the way scoring four runs.
Couch was in the leadoff spot for Post 80 and started the game by reaching on a single and came around to score on sacrifice by Patterson.
The Eagles tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second.
Post 80 brought out the heavy artillery in the top of the third scoring eight runs, including two by Couch, to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Also scoring in the inning for Post 80 were Mathews, Bryan, Patterson, Evans, McCollough and Sightler.
Ozark managed to score one run in the fourth inning, but it was too little too late as Post 80 added three insurance runs in the fifth inning for a 12-2 win via the 10-run rule. Couch, Mathews and Bryan scored in the fifth inning for Post 80.
Evans started the game on the mound for Post 80 and went the distance for the win allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out two.
In the second game of the twin bill, Post 80 lost by a final score of 6-3.
The Ozark Eagles soared out to a 3-1 lead after two innings.
Post 80 scored first going on top 1-0 in the first inning when Mathews reached base when he was hit by a pitch and used a stolen base and an error to advance to third. He scored on an RBI-double by Harry.
Ozark answered with one run in the bottom of the first and two in the second inning to go on top 3-1.
Post 80 trimmed Ozark's lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth when Mathews scored his second run of the game after reaching on a single and stealing second. He scored on an RBI-double by Patterson.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ozark increased their lead scoring three runs for a 6-2 advantage.
Post 80 attempted a rally in the top of the seventh with Justin Shiver scoring after reaching base on a double. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored via a balk.
The Eagles, however, retired the side to hold on for a win.
Post 80 is scheduled to return to action tonight when they host Enterprise for two five-inning games beginning at 6 p.m. at Foshee Field on the campus of LBW Junior College.
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