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Post 455 off to a hot start

Post 455 has started the American Legion season hot. How hot? Denver (3-0) has already surpassed last season’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. He’s hitting .643 on the young season.
“He’s been about as hot as you can get. Even if it’s just batting practice, it’s hard to hit as well as he’s been hitting,” 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. Fox’s homerun highlighted the fifth inning.
Chris Hogue earned the win working seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five batters.
“He’s had two good outings in a row. He picked up where he left off last summer. He’s pitched pretty well,” Bolick said.
Aaron Price worked the final inning and allowed one hit.
So what’s been the biggest difference in Bolick’s eyes from last summer?
“A year’s experience has helped. We were by far the youngest team in the league last year, but we’re still pretty young,” he said.
While he’s happy with the beginning of the season, he’s also cautiously excited.
“We haven’t faced the better teams in the league. But I’ve been pretty pleased. Our pitching has been good and we’re hitting the ball well.”

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Denver outlasted Steele Creek at Brookins’ 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 Mecklenburg’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

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