Post 56 Juniors bounce back, hammer Caldwell

McDowell Post 56 Junior Legion player Ben Barnes takes a swing during a recent game. McDowell improved to 14-1 with a 7-0 win over Caldwell County Tuesday night. Josh Davis/blueridgesportsphotography.com

McDowell’s Post 56 Junior American Legion ‘A’ team bounced back from its only loss of the season to pound Caldwell 7-0 Tuesday night on the road.

Post 56 (14-1) has a one-game lead in the Area IV West Division standings with four games remaining to be played. McDowell hosted R-S Central Wednesday night. Results were not available at press time.

Against Caldwell, McDowell got lights-out pitching from a trio of hurlers and a big day at the plate from center fielder Three Young. The Sixers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and broke open the game with a four-run fourth.

Young went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs batted in and a stolen base for McDowell.

Meanwhile, starter Justin Dula worked four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out nine batters with one walk. Relievers Ethan Davis (IP, 1K, 3BB) and Ben Barnes (2IP, 3K) took it from there, combining for three innings of hitless ball.

Chapel Matson (1-4, 2RBIs, 2R) reached on an error to start the game. He took second and third on wild pitches and scored on a fielder’s choice by Ethan Hamm (2RBIs).

Young’s RBI single with two outs plated pinch-runner Ethan Hensley for a 2-0 Post 56 lead.

Young led off the fourth with a double and went to third on an error off the bat of Barnes. Young and Barnes then pulled off a double steal for a 3-0 lead.

After Dusty Revis drew a walk, Matson came through with a two-RBI single to left field. Matson came home on an RBI ground-out by Hamm to make it 6-0.

The Sixers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Dula (1-2, 2BB) walked, Ethan Davis (1-2, BB) singled and Young followed with a line-drive basehit to right that scored Dula for a 7-0 lead.

McDowell hosts Chase tonight (Thursday, 5:30 start).

 

 

 

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