Thereâ€™s no cause to panic for Denver Post 455. Despite dropping Saturdayâ€™s opener 8-4, theyâ€™re only down 1-0.
Things could have been a lot worse for Post 455, but Sunday nightâ€™s game was rained out in the bottom of the fourth with Henderson holding a 9-3 advantage.
Henderson jumped out to an early 4-1 lead through three innings.
Kyle Bakerâ€™s RBI single narrowed the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth, but Henderson responded with back-to-back runs in the fourth and fifth.
The fifth inning run came courtesy of a Matt Waltersâ€™ RBI-double.
Denver attempted to rally in the top of the eighth. Dustin Hester, who lead off the inning with a single, scored on an error.
Brandan Jonesâ€™ RBI single then scored Alex Loftin, cutting into the deficit, making the score 6-4.
Henderson responded by adding two of their own in the bottom part of the inning.
Colby Burgin, Brandan Jones and Kyle Baker all went 2-for-4 for Denver. Hester went 2-for-2 in a reserve role.
Josh Miller led all hitters with a 4-for-4 performance with two RBIs.
â€œWe had some opportunities to close the gap, but they hit the ball better than we did,â€ Post 455 head coach Bruce Bolick said.
Spencer Linn earned the victory, striking out nine batters, in as many innings.
â€œTheir pitcher (Linn) did a nice job,â€ Bolick said.
The next game, which will be played Monday weather permitting, will be a double-header at Brookinsâ€™ Memorial Field.
So does that place extra importance on taking the next two games?
â€œWeâ€™ll just play them one at a time. Iâ€™ve seen people down two and they win three in a row,â€ Bolick said. â€œItâ€™s the next game thatâ€™s important. You donâ€™t really look down the road,â€ he added.
All-in-all, it seems Bolick is relieved his team is only down one game in the best of five series.
â€œItâ€™s just one game. You expect their ace to slow you down. Our pitching needs to come through.â€
Denver 100 100 020â€”4 9 3
Henderson 130 110 02xâ€”8 13 3
by John Mark Brooks