A competitive post-season district tournament run ended on a disappointing note for the Halifax County Post 8 Junior American Legion baseball team Friday in a 6-5 loss to the Roanoke Cutters in eight innings.
Post 8 went 1-2 in the post-season tournament, winning its Wednesday opener 8-7 over Christiansburg at Halifax County High School before dropping an 8-5 decision to the Lynchburg Post 16 Cardinals Thursday at Heritage High School in Lynchburg.
Post 8 gave a solid effort against the Roanoke Cutters before falling short, according to Manager Josh Perkins.
“The team played hard and left it all on the field today,” said Perkins.
“Although it is not the result we wanted, I was proud of the total team effort today.”
Blake Duffer reached base on an error, Jackson Newton walked, Nathan Comer singled, and Fisher hit a triple to give Post 8 three runs in its first at-bat, and Comer walked and scored on a Fisher double in the third to make it 4-2.
Halifax County held a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the fourth inning, but Roanoke posted three unearned runs on two hits and two Post 8 errors to take a 5-4 lead.
Hits by Kolby Fisher and Leo Noblin, surrounding a walk allowed Post 8 to tie the game 5-5 at the end of five innings, and the game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Post 16 scored a run off a pair of two-out hits to win the game.
Fisher led Post 8 with three hits, including a first-inning triple where Post 8 took a 3-2 lead, and he finished with three RBIs.
Noblin, Duffer, Luke Fulcher, Jackson Newton, Comer and Dylan Newton each added a hit, and Comer and Noblin each added an RBI for Post 8, which finished the season with a winning record (9-8).
Kyle Barker pitched seven and one-third innings allowing only two earned runs, with two strikeouts and one walk.
Lynchburg 8 Halifax County 5
A rally from a 6-2 deficit after three innings fell short, and the Halifax County American Legion Post 8 Junior Legion baseball team lost 8-5 to the Lynchburg Post 16 Cardinals in Lynchburg on Thursday.
Duffer led Post 8 with three hits, and Jackson Newton and Fisher each had one hit.
Fulcher, Jackson Newton, Gavin Colwell and Dylan Newton each had one RBI for Post 8, which took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, before Post 16 plated five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Post 16 added a run in the third inning, Post 8 scored a run in the top of the fourth inning, and Post 16 plated its final two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 8-3 lead.
A two-run sixth inning pulled Post 8 to within three runs at 8-5, but they would pull no closer.
In addition to the six hits, Post 8 drew 14 walks but couldn’t get the big hit to capitalize.
Comer reached base via the walk three times, Duffer, Jackson Newton, Fisher and Fulcher each drew two walks, and Dylan Newton, Barker, Colwell each walked once.
Thomas Thomas led Post 16 with three hits, Adam Dillon had two hits, Geoffrey Brown had two hits, including a double, and Logan Duff had two hits.
“Jackson Newton came in to pitch the fifth inning and went two innings, allowing no runs on two hits, striking out three and walking one to keep us within reach, but we couldn’t complete the comeback,” said Perkins.