Denver Post 455 suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday night in heartbreaking fashion.
Leading 6-4, Kings Mountain scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to snatch what wouldâ€™ve been Denverâ€™s fifth win of the season.
It was deja vu all over again as Curt Hall and Josh Hendricks both homered for the second time of the night in the ninth.
Hendricksâ€™ solo shot to centerfield over the 345-marker was the game winner. Hall preceded Hendrickâ€™s blast with a two-run homer tying the game 6-6.
All of Post 455â€™s runs came in the second inning. Dustin Weaver and Alex Loftin had two-RBI singles, while Dustin Hester also had a RBI. Colby Burgin contributed with a sac-fly RBI.
Right-handed pitcher Kevin Bell went the distance allowing no runs in the final seven he worked. He scattered eight hits and struck out 10 batters on the night.
Burgin and Hester led Denver at the plate each going 2-for-4.
Hall went 3-for-5 with two homeruns and three RBIs to lead Kings Mountain. Hendricks was 2-for-5 with two solo homers.
Seth Alexander suffered the loss.
â€œItâ€™s a tough loss, but that happens. They have some pop in their lineup. And itâ€™s a small park,â€ Denver head coach Bruce Bolick said.
â€œThey have kids that can swing the bat and Bell pitched real well after the second inning,â€ Bolick added.
Denver has a small break before continuing their legion season as their next game isnâ€™t until June 5th against the Gaston Braves at Lincolnton.
â€œWe just allow them a little break after schoolâ€™s out. Things didnâ€™t used to be that way, but times have changed. Thereâ€™s just a small hole in the schedule,â€ Bolick said. â€œAll the teams do that and hopefully itâ€™s not a detriment. We have some tough games ahead.â€
Denver is now 4-1 on the season, a start that pleases Bolick.
â€œWeâ€™re off to a good start. Hopefully weâ€™ll continue it.â€
The game is slated for 7 p.m.
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Post 455 made it four-consecutive wins beating Kings Mountain 15-8 Monday night at Brookinsâ€™ Memorial Field.
Denver blew the game open with a six-run second inning. The big hit of inning was a two-RBI double off the bat of Will Fox.
Fox added another RBI in the fifth inning, as the home team plated five more runs.
Relief pitcher Dustin Weaver pitched five innings, allowed three hits and struck out four.
Pacing Post 455 at the plate was Fox, who went 2-for-2, with three RBIs. West Lincoln product Brandan Jones also had three RBIs and was 2-for-5 on the night.
â€œThey came through with some clutch hits. Weâ€™ve been getting some clutch hitting. Brandan is swinging the bat so much better than he did last year,â€ Bolick said.
Tyler Howard went 3-for-5, while Alex Loftin was 2-for-4. Weaver finished 2-for-5.
Kings Mountain homered twice. Jordan Bingham, who was 2-for-5 had a three-run homer, while Josh Hendrick hit a two-run homer. Curt Hall and C.J. Austin both were 2-for-5.
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by John Mark Brooks