Denver broke a six-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 5-4 win over Charlotte 262 at Brookins Memorial Field.
Denver led 4-2 entering the top of the seventh, but Post 262 responded by evening the game with two runs of their own.
Dustin Weaver, a Lincolnton product, scored what turned out to be the game-winning run on a wild pitch, after singling in the bottom of the seventh.
Post 455â€™s pitching duo of Chris Hogue and Seth Alexander was outstanding.
Hogue worked six complete innings, scattering only four hits before giving way to Alexander in the seventh.
Alexander worked the final 2 2/3 in earning the win. He allowed no earned runs in the relief appearance.
Brandon Jones led Post 455, going 2-for-4. Mitchell Lynch was only 1-for-4 but turned in the biggest hit of the night with a two-RBI single in the fourth inning.
Alberto Taruda, Ross Davidson and Jordan Harris had two hits apiece for Charlotte.
Post 455 head coach Bruce Bolick was happy about breaking the losing streak and was also pleased his team won a close game.
â€œWe beat a quality pitcher (Josh Barker) and we played errorless defense,â€ he said. â€œWe got clutch hitting and the pitching was good.â€
Denverâ€™s four RBIs, two by Lynch, one by Alex Loftin and one by Kyle Baker, came with two strikesâ€”a fact not missed by Bolick.
â€œLynchâ€™s two-run single was big, but so was Loftinâ€™s,â€ he said. â€œIt gets back to clutch hitting and kind of protecting the plate.â€
Post 455 currently stands 5-6 on the season, but itâ€™s believed they will pick up another victory owing to a Kings Mountain mishap.
Sources say Kings Mountain will have to forfeit a win over Denver due to using ineligible players.
Bolick felt his team played the most complete game of the season.
â€œWe have to do the little things to win and maybe thatâ€™s the best job weâ€™ve done all season with the little things,â€ he said. â€œIt may have been our best game of the year against a good quality team, because theyâ€™ve (Post 262) been on a hot streak,â€ he added.
Post 455 will be in action against Gastonia Post 23 at Sims Legion Park today at 7 p.m.
They will receive a boost from former Ashbrook star Wes McCall, who will see his first Legion action.
McCall went 5-3 as a true freshman on the mound for the Spartans of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Post 455 statistical leaders:
Batting average- Brandan Jones .441 (15-for-34), Colby Burgin .432 (19-for-34), Will Fox .433 (13-for-30).
RBIs- Colby Burgin, Shane Brackett, Brandan Jones all have 9. Alext Loftin 8.
Runs scored- Burgin 14, Loftin 13.
by John Mark Brooks