Post 455 has started the American Legion season hot. How hot? Denver (3-0) has already surpassed last seasonâ€™s win total which was two.
Denver pounded out 23 hits Saturday night en route to a 14-1 win in eight innings over Steele Creek.
Shane Brackett, a former Lincolnton product, continued his torrid summer going 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Heâ€™s hitting .643 on the young season.
â€œHeâ€™s been about as hot as you can get. Even if itâ€™s just batting practice, itâ€™s hard to hit as well as heâ€™s been hitting,â€ Denver head coach Bruce Bolick said.
Dustin Weaver, Alex Loftin, Kyle Baker and Dustin Hester all went 3-for-5.
Will Fox went 2-for-4 and hit his first homerun of the season.
Post 455 scored seven runs in the top of the eighth. Baker delivered a two-RBI single, while Fox, Brackett and Hester also had RBI singles in the inning.
Denver took an early 4-1 lead through four innings. Cory Walton and Loftin both had RBI-singles in the fourth. Foxâ€™s homerun highlighted the fifth inning.
Chris Hogue earned the win working seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five batters.
â€œHeâ€™s had two good outings in a row. He picked up where he left off last summer. Heâ€™s pitched pretty well,â€ Bolick said.
Aaron Price worked the final inning and allowed one hit.
So whatâ€™s been the biggest difference in Bolickâ€™s eyes from last summer?
â€œA yearâ€™s experience has helped. We were by far the youngest team in the league last year, but weâ€™re still pretty young,â€ he said.
While heâ€™s happy with the beginning of the season, heâ€™s also cautiously excited.
â€œWe havenâ€™t faced the better teams in the league. But Iâ€™ve been pretty pleased. Our pitching has been good and weâ€™re hitting the ball well.â€
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Denver outlasted Steele Creek at Brookinsâ€™ Memorial Field 14-10.
Mitchell Lynch earned the victory for Denver working three innings in relief. Starter Seth Alexander worked five innings and allowed two earned runs.
Brandan Jones led Post 455 going 2-for-3 with four RBIs.
Alex Loftin went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Colby Burgin went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Shane Brackett went 2-for-5.
The leading hitter for Steele Creek was Stephen Alfonte, who went 3-for-7 with a two-run homer in the fourth.
Taking nothing away from Denver, Bolick points out Steele Creek is without several key players from South Mecklenburgâ€™s high school playoff team.
Post 455 trailed 6-0 through four innings, but answered by outscoring Steele Creek 14-4 over the final five innings.
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by John Mark Brooks