McDowell County Post 56 Junior Legion ‘A’ team kept its perfect record alive on Tuesday night, edging out the Caldwell County Post 29 Junior Legion team 6-5 in a nine-inning marathon.
Post 56 was ahead 5-3 after three innings of play when Post 29 pushed back even, scoring a single run in the fourth and one in the seventh to force extra innings.
McDowell (10-0) was able to bring in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to preserve its tenth victory in a row.
Catcher Cyrus Black and Ben Barnes reached on infield errors to begin the last frame. Ty Smith then advanced Barnes into scoring position on a sacrifice. Then, with two outs, Dusty Revis took the first pitch and ripped it into center field for the walk-off hit.
McDowell finished with 14 hits as a team with Revis (3-5) accounting for three of them and the game-winning RBI. Chapel Matson (2-4, triple, 2RBIs), Three Young (2-5, RBI), Ethan Davis (2-5) and Justin Davis (2-5, SB) tallied two hits apiece.
Black (1-4, RBI, SB), Barnes (1-5, RBI) and Justin Dula (1-5) had one hit apiece in the victory.
Post 29 scored three runs early off Post 56 starting pitcher Ethan Davis, who gave up six hits, struck out six and walked two in three innings.
After that point, the McDowell pitching staff held Caldwell County to just two runs on two hits. Matson surrendered an unearned run on two hits in two innings of work, striking out two and walking one. Dula earned the win in relief, allowing an earned run on no hits and six strikeouts in four innings. Dula walked five.
The Post 56 A-team is at Rutherford County Friday (5:30) and hosts Alexander County next Monday (6:30).