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Steele Creek downs Denver

Denver Post 455 was fresh off the heels of their biggest win of the season after beating Post 100 on Tuesday.
The only problem was Steele Creek didn’t seem to care. They defeated Post 455 in a seven inning contest 9-2.
Bruce Bolick and Steele Creek’s head coach John Thurston agreed to play a seven inning game due to scheduled games later in the day.
Steele Creek’s Andy Clapham went 2-for-3 at the plate. His biggest hit of the contest came in the third inning in the form of a two-run homer.
The homerun was part of a four-run inning which put Steele Creek ahead to stay.
Steve Baughn earned the victory on the mound, while Kyle Burgin suffered the loss for Post 455.
Dustin Weaver paced Denver at the plate going 2-for-3.
Denver recorded six hits in the game and committed one error. Steele Creek had 11 hits and was flawless in the field.
Steele Creek moved their record to 10-7 with the win. Denver fell to 2-15 with the loss.
“Everybody got to play and that will aid us in the future,” Bolick said.
Despite the record, Denver’s future could be bright as they return 14 out of 16 players. Five of the 14 have three years remaining of American Legion eligibility.
Bolick agrees that their outlook could be promising, but feels his players’ work ethic will determine that.
“We’re looking forward to it. We have a lot of players back. We gained a lot of experience this year, but we’ll need to improve physically with strength and quickness,” he said.
With Charlotte teams drawing from as many as eight teams, American Legion competition has gotten tougher.
“The level of play is as high as it’s ever been in legion ball. A lot of teams have power in the No. 3, 4 and 5 slots,” Bolick said.
Bolick chose to focus on the positives of his team’s summer instead of adversity that they faced throughout the season.
“I was really pleased with the parent and fan support— lots of enthusiasm.”by John Mark Brooks

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