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Post 455 crushes Huntersville 12-2

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.
“He’s been hitting it real well. He came back a little slow after the vacation period, but Will has a really sweet stroke,” Post 455’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.
“He mixed his pitches real well. He did a real nice job,” 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.
“Our infield played exceptionally well and Brackett (Shane) made a couple of sparkling plays at third,” 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.
“It obviously keeps us in the top half of the division so far. And if you’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.”
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.
“It’s going to be our toughest week of the year, by having so many games together. It’s good to condition you for the playoffs,” 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 0xx—2 5 2
Denver 200 108 1xx—12 14 0

by John Mark Brooks

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