Post 77 gets first re­gional win

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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."

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