Post 77 gets of­fense go­ing

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

The sun isn’t the only thing try­ing to get out through the rain this sum­mer, as the Post 77 Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball team has also strug­gled to see the field re­cently.

Tues­day, there was a break in the weather, long enough for Rock­dale to take on Bu­ford, but things didn’t pan out the way Post 77 would have liked.

Af­ter tak­ing a four­run lead in the third in­ning, Rock­dale gave up a run in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the sev­enth to send the game into ex­tra in­nings. In the 10th frame, Bu­ford put two runs across the plate and gave Rock­dale its first area loss of the sea­son.

Eric Al­der­man picked up the loss in the 10th in­ning as Rock­dale’s fifth pitcher of the day. Af­ter Cole Hamil­ton got the start, Casey Shu­bert lasted the long­est of Rock­dale’s mound con­tin­gent, go­ing four in­nings. Drew Buck­hault then came in in re­lief, fol­lowed by Dal­ton Etheridge.

East­side’s Buck­hault and Salem’s Zach Bai­ley had two hits each for Post 77.

For­mer East­side stand­out Jake Wright and Cole Mur­phy drove in a run each as Rock­dale’s of­fense con­tin­ued to click.

Rock­dale Post 77’s of­fense is on track as it winds down the Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball sea­son.

Post 77 de­feated Peachtree City 17- 2 Sun­day, for an aver­age of 18 runs through­out three games prior to play­ing Bu­ford. Af­ter Tues­day’s game, Post 77 now has 62 runs in its last four games.

For­mer East­side slug­ger Musashi Briem led the way against Peachtree City, tal­ly­ing four hits, in­clud­ing a home run, and driv­ing in three runs. Bai­ley also had four hits and Cameron Rags­dale drove in three runs. Both play­ers hit home runs.

Josh Smith picked up the vic­tory on the mound, throw­ing 85 pitches in six in­nings.

Rock­dale will look to get back in the win col­umn and con­tinue its strong hit­ting per­for­mances with home games against Lo­ganville, which ended af­ter press time Thurs­day, Peachtree City Satur­day and Daw­sonville Sun­day to end the reg­u­lar sea­son.

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