Post 77 gets first regional win
Rockdale Post 77 won its first ever region tournament game, and stayed alive in the Southeast tournament Friday.
Post 77 rallied from a three-run deficit with nine runs in the bottom of the eighth to eliminate Florida in a 12-6 victory at McCray Park in North Carolina.
“In the eighth inning we finally did what we have been doing all year,” Georgia coach Demarco Hamm said to the Courier-Tribune.
Jonathan Bym wrote for The Courier-Tribune that Rockdale tallied eight of its 20 hits in the penultimate frame.
According to the report, Evan Alderman led off the eighth inning, reached first on a throwing error, and then took second on the same play.
Eastside’s Andrew Buckhault doubled, scoring Alderman, before Keith Buckhault doubled down the right field line, scoring his brother.
Another Eastside alumni, Musashi Briem, drove in Keith Buckhault to tie it. The winning run was walked in, before Rockdale scored six more.
“This really gave us confidence — being down six runs and battling back,” Andrew Buckhault said to The Courier-Tribune.
The Courier-Tribune also reported that Andrew Buckhault had three RBI and was one of three Rockdale hitters with four hits.
The eighth-inning outburst was a far cry from Rockdale’s previous game, when it was shut out 10-0 in a loss to Randolph County Post 45.
Dennis Garcia of the Courier Tribune reported several Rockdale players missed the tournament because of classes, and suffered 13 hits at the hands of Post 45. Casey Shubert pitched for Rockdale, lasting two innings, spoiling his 4–0 record with a 2.62 ERA, coming in.
“He just didn’t have it,” Rockdale coach Demarco Hamm told the Courier Tribune.
According to the Courier Tribune, Easton Welch pitched six innings, giving up three hits, walking four and striking out five batters.
“My hat’s off to that team,” Hamm said to the Courier-Tribune. “They can beat any team in this tournament.”
The Courier-Tribune went on to report, “Post 45 finished with 13 hits in the seven-inning game with Kyle Smith a perfect 4-for-4 and Dylan Richardson and Dylan Prevatte adding two hits each.”
It was the first time Rockdale was shut out all season, and it was the fewest runs it scored since beating Loganville 2-0 June 16.
Rockdale made short work of the state tournament, with a 15-13 victory over Douglasville in the first final-round game in its closest contest.
Post 77 beat Leesburg 11-0 in the state tournament’s opening game and then beat Dawsonville 19-1 and defeated Douglasville 14-3 July 30 for a reapeat state title.
ATLANTA — A jubilant Brian Banks described his preseason debut with the Atlanta Falcons as "better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on."
Banks, 28, cherished that high even more than a normal rookie because his life has hit lows few can imagine.
Banks spent five years in prison and five years o n probation following his conviction of rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago. He is free to finally pursue his career as a NFL linebacker because the woman who made the charge when Banks was 16 and a high school junior recanted her accusation.
The conviction was overturned by a California court on May 12, 2012.
Banks, who signed with the Falcons in March, had two tackles in the Falcons' 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
Fans familiar with Banks' comeback story gave the former Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High School standout a warm ovation during pregame introductions.
The cheers lifted Banks' spirits even higher.
"It was out of control," Banks said. "Just running out there, the flames, the cheers and the crowd, it was emotional, it really was. I wasn't nervous at all. I wasn't over-excited or anything, but just running out of that tunnel, I mean, the adrenaline that comes with that is just indescribable.
"It's better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on."
Banks said he received more encouragement during the game from his teammates.
"Then just to be on the sideline and to hear all the veterans tell you, 'Man when your turn comes, when they call your number just
play,'" he said. "Just the support and love from everybody is more than I can ask for."
Banks had tryouts with Kansas City, San Diego and San Francisco and a ttende d minicamp with Seattle before spending the 2012 season with Las Vegas of the United Football League.
The Falcons then gave Banks another chance to fulfill his NFL dream.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Banks needs a strong preseason to earn a roster spot.
He is listed as Atlanta's third-string middle linebacker, behind Akeem Dent and Pat Schiller.
His preseason debut came late in the game. His first tackle came when he stopped Bengals running back Daniel Herron following a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. Postgame stats also credited Banks with an assist.
"I was motivated," Banks said. "I was like 'I got to pick up a tackle. I got to get at least one tackle.' I picked up two, so it was pretty cool."