Legion season down to nitty-gritty for Post 15

Has six games left before area tourney

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg Post 15 right fielder Hayden Morris makes the play on a sinking liner earlier this season against Beckley Post 32. Post 15 is scheduled for three consecutive doubleheaders, starting today at Beckley Post 32, before entering American Legion Area 3 play on Wednesday.

PARKERSBURG — It’s all down to the nitty-gritty now for the Parkersburg American Legion Post 15 baseball team.

Today, Sunday and Monday, Post 15 plays its last six regular-season games, including four key Area 3 contests to find out where it will be seeded starting Wednesday in the area tournament at Sissonville High School with a berth in the state Legion tourney going to the winner.

Post 15 takes a 15-13 record into an away 1 p.m. Area 3 doubleheader today versus Beckley Post 32 at Woodrow Wilson High School. With Post 15 already holding a 2-0 mark this season over Beckley, Parkersburg manager Mike Goodwin said, “If we can at least win one game today, then we will be the No. 2 seed in the (three-team) area tournament. Pitching, I’ll probably start Wade Garrett today, then whoever.”

Then for Post 15 after a home 1 p.m. twinbill Sunday with Moundsville Post 3 at City Park, Parkersburg entertains Area 3 leader South Charleston Post 94 in a 6 p.m. doubleheader Monday at City Park. Post 15 is 0-1 against South Charleston this summer.

“If we are the No. 2 seed, then come Wednesday, we’ll play the third seed,” said Goodwin. “And you really want to win that first game, since the loser has to come right back that night and play the top seed” in the Area 3 double-elimination tournament.

Of course for Post 15, everything depends on what happens today and Monday. But Goodwin knows pitching is key and more important this time of the year, so expects to use Garrett, Nathan Curtis and Ben Mack as much as possible in the next week.

Garrett is 5-0 with a 3.16 ERA in 31 innings pitched, fanning 28 with 14 walks, while Curtis is 4-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 39 innings, striking out 46 with just nine walks, Mack is 3-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 38.1 innings and Kyle Goodwin is 2-1 with 20 Ks and six bases on balls in 11.2 innings.

Batting, Post 15 is hitting .316 as a team, with seven players above .300. Garrett is swinging at a .446 clip with 29 hits and 16 RBIs; leadoff man Ty Flowers has a .444 batting average with 32 hits, 19 walks, 10 doubles and 11 RBIs; Goodwin, batting at .425, has 37 hits, nine doubles and 25 RBIs; Max Anderson is at .404 with 10 RBIs; Hunter Thompson at .385 with 25 hits and 13 RBIs; Curtis at .379 with 25 hits and eight RBIs; and Jack Hadley at .351.