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American Legion Post 455 wins season opener

Post 455’s Colby Burgin showed no ill-effects from an arm injury he sustained for Lincolnton High in their first round 2A State Playoff game Saturday.
Burgin pitched a complete game and struck out 10 batters, helping Post 455 to a 6-4 victory over Newell.
With the score 1-1, Denver put three runs on the scoreboard in the third inning. Will Fox first had a RBI- single followed by Kyle Baker’s RBI-double. Tyler Howard was responsible for the third run with a RBI-single allow Denver to take a 4-1.
In the fourth inning, leadoff batter Brandan Jones singled and stole second to put himself in scoring position. A fielder’s choice sent him across the plate for a 5-1. Newell narrowed the gap to 5-3 by scoring two runs in the fifth inning.
In the eighth inning, Brandon Scott walked, Jones was then hit by a pitch. Alex Loftin played the role of opportunist stroking a RBI-single that scored Scott.
Down 6-3, Newell scored one run in their final at bat.
Leading hitter for Newell was shortstop Lee Sensevero who went 2-for-3.
Leading hitters for Post 455 were: Loftin who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Baker who went 2-for-5 with a RBI, Jones who went 2-for-4 and Howard who went 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Post 455 head coach Bruce Bolick was very pleased to win the season opener.
“It’s a good start. Colby pitched an excellent game and kept the ball down. The infield defense turned two double plays. I’m just real pleased to get off to a good start,” he said.
Several players stood out to Bolick in the victory.
“Brandan (Jones) plays a real good centerfield. He’s an excellent base runner. Alex (Loftin) came up with two key hits and two RBIs. One of Kyle Baker’s two hits was a double that bounced over the fence. Tyler (Howard) was our starting catcher and did a good job behind the plate,” he said.
Burgin is the only returning starter for Denver, as they graduated six starters. Five projected starters are not on the team due to having moved since last summer.
Tuesday, Post 455 will face Huntersville at North Mecklenburg High School. On Wednesday, they’ll face Pineville at home which will at times be at Lincolnton High School.
“I’m pleased again to field another team. I’m thankful to the Lincolnton Athletic Department and the Board of education for allowing us to use Brookins Memorial Field,” Bolick said.
Friday, they’ll square off versus Charlotte 262 at Lincolnton High. They will wrap up the week against Lake Norman at Bandys High School on Sunday.by John Mark Brooks

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