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Post 346 drills St. Bernice with 15-hit attack

Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Seth Lunsford drilled a two-run double in Wednesday's Post 346 victory against St. Bernice. Lunsford's two bagger was one of 15 hits for Wayne Newton. [Order this photo]
Times Staff Report

TERRE HAUTE -- Wayne Newton Post 346 got a tune-up heading into the weekend's tournament at Moline, Ill. by pounding out a 15-hit barrage, including eight extra base hits to overcome some shaky defense and win 16-5 over St. Bernice Post 108 in seven innings.

St. Bernice, a team comprised of Wabash Valley athletes, including nine from Vigo County, rallied to a 3-2 lead in the top of the second inning, but Wayne Newton's bats provided a potent attack on Wednesday evening.

Post 346 got a sacrifice fly from Scott West and one by AJ Reed to take a 4-3 advantage in its half of the second frame and began to pull away with a two-run double by Kodie Girton in the third inning. Girton, a rising senior at Northview, smacked four doubles in the win, going 4-for-4, scored twice and drove home three runs for Post 346.

The Wayne Newton lead wasn't safe at 6-3 as starting pitcher Zach Kent walked three straight batters with one out in the fifth inning. St. Bernice got a bunt single from Ryan Crowther, which included a throwing error by West as two runs scampered home to close the gap to 6-5.

Wayne Newton re-established a comfortable lead in its half of the inning though, adding five runs and then got a three-run walk-off home run by Reed to invoke the 10-run rule and improve Post 346 to 18-4 overall.

Zac Niehaus was 1-for-5 with a pair of stolen bases, scored three times and drove in a run with a double and Caleb Mason added two hits in five trips to the plate and stole a base. Seth Lunsford saw time at second base and hit a two-run double.

Post 346 plays East Moline, Ill. at 11 a.m. on Friday and then Palatine at 6 p.m. to open tourney play.

At Terre Haute

St. Bernice Post 1080300200-536
Wayne Newton Post 3462220523-16153

2B -- Post 346 (Girton 4, Reed, Niehaus, Lunsford). HR -- Post 346 (Reed, 7). SB -- Post 346 (Niehaus 2, Mason, Thornton).

Pitching

Post 346IPRHBBK
Kent (W, 4-0)5.05256
Sexton2.00112
Post 108IPRHBBK
Mundy (L, 1-1)6.1161587