Tuesday, July 29, 2014

American Legion State Tournament: Post 361 Wins Opener...

They're back to their original script.

After holding a 5-0 lead, West End Post 361 saw Big Island Post 217 claw back into Tuesday's first round game in the American Legion State Tournament, scoring three in the top of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.

But this was a small hill to climb compared to other mountains the team has faced in July, this month of comebacks for the dubbed "361 Mafia". Craig McLane hit a game-tying double, then scored on the eventual game-winning single by Drew Barker, leaving the rest to starter Nic Phelps, who struck out eight and closed the door in the ninth to secure the 7-6 first round victory.

West End Post 361 improves on the season to 15-6, and more importantly, advance in the winners bracket of the tournament, getting a full day of rest for its determined, but undermanned, pitching staff. Not having to play again early Wednesday in the elimination bracket is a huge bonus for the team's championship chances.

Tomorrow night at 7:30, 361 will face the winner of the final game of day one of the tourney between Roanoke Post 3 and Leesburg Post 34.

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