Post 15 opens season with sweep of Meigs

PARKERSBURG – Veteran Parkersburg Post 15 manager Jim Goodwin looked at the scoreboard and said, “See that 11 up there? I can guarantee you if we pitch and play defense like we did today plus score 11 runs, you’re not going to come out on the losing end too often.”

And Post 15 did just that in the first game of a season-opening American Legion baseball doubleheader versus Meigs (Ohio) Post 128 at Bennett Stump Field Saturday afternoon to notch an 11-4 victory.

Southpaw starter Jesse Brown spun an eight-hitter while Post 15’s defense committed only one error behind him and the offense scored six runs in the fourth inning, then added four more in the sixth frame en route to the win.

Everyone in the Post 15 batting order had at least one hit and six different hitters drove in runs.

After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the third and leaving six runners on base through three innings, Post 15 finally broke through offensively, sending 10 batters to the plate in the fourth for a 6-spot to take the lead for good.

RBI singles by Logan Dudley and Devon Crews knotted the score at 2-all before Jordan Braniff walked with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run. Paul Fichtelman followed with an RBI single and a two-run outfield fielding error on the play made it 6-2.

In the fifth, Crews doubled home a run and then in the sixth, Austin Cottrell’s fielder’s choice plated a tally, Lucas Goodwin and Case Edgar singled in runs, and a wild pitch let another run in for a commanding 11-2 advantage.

For Meigs, Wesley Harrison, who had a sacrifice fly for the game’s initial run in the third preceding Trey Farley’s RBI single, socked a two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

In the second game Saturday, Jacob Braniff hurled a five-inning complete game with six strikeouts and only one walk while Hunter Hamilton went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a bases-loaded double in the second inning for three of his four RBIs as Post 15 topped Meigs 15-5 for a sweep of the twinbill.

Post 15 is back in action again today, hosting St. Marys Post 79 in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the Stump.