American Legion Post 175 Holds back Post 284 Buccaneers
By DANIEL PARKER
Jul 24, 2017, 08:18
Post 175 Shawn Parker runs for homeplate.
The American Legion Baseball team Post 284 Buccaneers had 4 innings with bases loaded. The pressure was boiling over for the Post 175 (Mechanicsville) but they didn’t budge beating the Post 284 Buccaneers, 11 to 1 on Monday at Jefferson Davis High School at 7 p.m..
Post 175 Max Powers knew the post 284 Team was a formidable group of hitters and their last encounter showed it, a barn burner with Mechanicsville inching by with a 6 to 5 lead. That was in the regular season and Post 175 wanted this win, it meant a chance to rest, a loss would put them in the losers bracket and take away their chance to recharge for the Championship.
“For the past 10 years they have that next level attitude- they come into the game in the winners bracket, but with their backs to the wall you lose two games and you’re done.” said Post 175 Coach Brandon Powers. “So we’re treating these past 2 days as a way to get 2 days of rest.”
Post 175 jumped on Post 284 early in the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. A single by post 175’s Austin Morris brought in the first run of the game.
The score didn’t show the skill of post 284, but Brandon Powers knew they were solid. If anything it was the defense that held down the fiery bats from Post 284. John Kish, Post 175 pitcher, was there for 3 of those innings with the bases loaded in crunch time one mistake and they would lose their lead.
“My pitcher John Kish he threw really well when it came crunch time,” said Coach Brandon Powers. “He pitched himself into a little bit of jams and gave some walks he didn’t get around hit round a lot, but when it was time to win at bat he won at bat.”
That’s all that Powers could ask for from a pitcher. John Kish was the pitcher for Atlee High School Baseball team; he’s stepped forward to a leadership role on the team. The Post 175 pitcher is currently being looked at by James Madison University.
“He was their number 1 at Atlee High school to know everyone is behind him, he knows what he brings to the table and he’s confident in his ability,” said the Post 175 Coach. “I know he can handle that pressure.”
John Kish pitched for 4.2 innings with 6 hits against him, 5 walks, 1 earned run and 8 strikeouts. That earned run was courtesy of Post 284 Zack Clark, who smashed in a home run in the midst of the run less innings for the Buccaneers. At the top of the 3rd inning, a double play by 175 Shortstop Jonathan Spaulding to 2nd baseman Jonathan Spaulding and Matthew Holler; wiped the diamond of 284 hitters.
The game ended with Post 284 getting 7 hits. Leading the Post 175 at bat was, Mechanicsville player Shawn Parker going 2 for 2 at bat, with 3 RBI’s and one run.
American Legion will hold its Championship game this Friday at Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights at 7 p.m.