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Two for one deal for Post 455

Denver Post 455 picked up two wins in the last two days.
Wednesday, Denver beat Gastonia 9-4 at Sims Legion Park.
A day after, they picked up another win when they were informed Kings Mountain would have to forfeit four games.
One of the wins Kings Mountain had to forfeit was an earlier-season victory over Denver.
Post 455 seized control of the ballgame in the top of the fourth inning, stringing together five hits for seven runs.
Matt Kuster, Alex Loftin and Colby Burgin had RBI-singles in the inning. Mitchell Lynch added a sacrifice-fly RBI and Brandan Jones had a two-run double to cap things off.
Burgin (1-1) earned his first pitching victory of the season, retiring 12-of-the-first 14 batters he faced.
Post 23 ended up with seven hits, but wasn’t able to string them together.
Three of their runs came on a three-run homer to left-center off the bat of Sammy Asis.
Tyler Howard, who went 3-for-4, had Denver’s first RBI on a single in the second inning.
The away team’s last run came courtesy of a Kyle Baker fielder’s choice in the eighth that scored Burgin.
Dustin Weaver went 3-for-5 to complement Howard’s performance. Matt Kuster was 2-for-3 with one RBI and Burgin was 2-for-5 with one RBI.
Asis went 2-for-4 and Kenny Colson went 2-for-5 to lead Post 23 at the plate.
Post 455 head coach Bruce Bolick, who has coached American Legion baseball 15 years, was pleased with the win.
“We got ahead early and that was good. Burgin seems to be getting better each time out, not having pitched in the spring,” he said.
Bolick also raved about the job Jones and Weaver did in the outfield.
Jones, a center fielder, robbed Wes McCall of a possible triple early in the game, running down a deep-fly ball. He also threw out a runner at the plate.
Weaver, who made two spectacular catches on Tuesday, turned in another web gem, making an over-the-shoulder catch, taking away an extra-base hit.
“It’s a spacious park and that’s to our advantage with the outfield we have. They hit some long balls early, but we ran them down,” Bolick said.

Struck from the record
With a 7-6 loss to Kings Mountain, one in which Denver blew 6-4 lead in the ninth, being struck from the record, Post 455 improves to 7-5 overall with a 6-5 division mark.
“We’ll take the win, having given up three runs in the ninth, but we’ll take it,” Bolick said.
Up next for Denver is Huntersville at Brookins’ Memorial Field at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
“They have some big boys that can hit. All games are important, but it’s the same story; we have to do the little things to be successful,” Bolick said.
Denver 010 700 010—9 12 2
Burke 000 030 100—4 7 2
by John Mark Brooks

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