Halifax County American Legion Post 8 rallied for two runs in the top of the eighth inning to edge Rocky Mount Post 6 7-5 Wednesday night in Rocky Mount.
The Post 8 Junior Legion squad had nine hits in winning its season opener, with Gavin Colwell leading the team with three hits. Thomas Lee and Kolby Fisher followed with two hits each. Blake Duffer and Nathan Comer both had one hit.
Post 8 trailed 4-0 after the first three innings, but it cut the deficit in half with a two-run rally in the top of the fourth inning. Colwell opened the inning for Post 8 with a double. A hit from Comer scored Colwell to make the score 4-1. Jackson Newton and Luke Fulcher reached base on walks, and a sacrifice from Fisher plated Comer to make the score 4-2.
Three runs in the top of the sixth inning gave Post 8 a 5-4 lead. Newton reached base when he was struck by a pitch. A one-out single from Lee scored Newton to bring Post 8 to within a run at 4-3. Fisher reached base on an error. A hit by Duffer scored both Lee and Fisher, giving Post 8 a one-run lead.
Rocky Mount Post 6 tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, making the score 5-5. The score stayed that way until Halifax County broke the deadlock with two runs in the top of the eighth inning.
Lee and Fisher opened the inning with hits and both later scored on a wild pitch to give Post 8 the 7-5 lead. Halifax County held Rocky Mount at bay in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the win.
Halifax County American Legion Post 8 used three pitchers in the game. Starter Peyton Chavis struck out two batters and yielded five walks, two hits and four earned runs in his two-inning stint. Anthony Conner went to the mound in relief and tossed four innings. Conner fanned three batters and allowed three hits, two walks and one earned run. Lee closed out the game for Post 8 and picked up the win. Pitching the final two innings, Lee struck out three batters and allowed two walks.