Denver Post 455 erupted for eight runs in the sixth en route to a 12-2 win in seven innings over Huntersville Saturday night.
Clinging to a 3-2 lead, nearly everyone got in the act for Post 455 in the big inning.
Kyle Baker started things off with a RBI-single, followed by a Dustin Weaver two-RBI single.
The next batters Dustin Hester and Alex Loftin delivered a RBI-single and double respectively. Left-handed batter Will Fox highlighted the inning with a three-run homer to right center.
â€œHeâ€™s been hitting it real well. He came back a little slow after the vacation period, but Will has a really sweet stroke,â€ Post 455â€™s head coach Bruce Bolick said.
The inning all but assured Mitchell Lynch of his second victory of the summer.
Lynch, a rising senior at East Lincoln, kept Huntersville off balance all night, pitching a complete game five-hitter.
Out of the seven innings the southpaw worked, he sat down Huntersville three-up, three-down, using a serviceable fastball and nasty curveball.
â€œHe mixed his pitches real well. He did a real nice job,â€ Bolick said.
He also received plenty of help from his infield. The infield duo of Colby Burgin and Alex Loftin turned two double plays on the night.
â€œOur infield played exceptionally well and Brackett (Shane) made a couple of sparkling plays at third,â€ Bolick said of the combination that ended the top of the sixth with a 4-6-3 twin-killer.
Loftin led Denver going 3-for-5 with one RBI at the plate. Burgin went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, including the a RBI-single that made the score 12-2. Baker and Brackett both went 2-for-4 wit one RBI apiece. Dustin Hester chipped in, going 2-for-5.
Bolick was pleased with the win, but also realizes there are plenty more games on the schedule.
â€œIt obviously keeps us in the top half of the division so far. And if youâ€™re in the top half of the division you get home-field advantage, but we have a long way to go and a tough schedule.â€
This week Denver will be in action four-of-five nights. Monday they will visit Pineville. Tuesday they will host Cherryville. Wednesday they will host Gastonia, then end the week with an away game versus Huntersville.
â€œItâ€™s going to be our toughest week of the year, by having so many games together. Itâ€™s good to condition you for the playoffs,â€ Bolick said.
Denver currently is in fourth place in the Area IV standings with a 7-5 division record. Gaston Post 266-144 and Charlotte Post 262 both stand in at 7-4.
Post 455 is 8-5 overall.
Huntersville 000 200 0xxâ€”2 5 2
Denver 200 108 1xxâ€”12 14 0
by John Mark Brooks