Post 15 Legion stays alive with walk-off win

Morris goes deep, Batten gets big RBI

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Hayden Morris picked the perfect time to launch his first home run of the summer and Jordan Batten delivered a two-out walk-off RBI single here Thursday afternoon to lift Parkersburg Post 15 to a 3-2 victory versus Wilmington Post 10 in an elimination game of the American Legion Baseball Southeast Regional Tournament at McCrary Park.

With Parkersburg facing a 2-0 deficit heading into the last of the seventh inning, the North Carolina state champions had relief pitcher McGuire Graddock toeing the rubber after he replaced starter Alex Holland, who worked 4 2-3 innings.

Andrew Anglin reached via an error in the seventh and was replaced by pinch-runner Bradan Mullenix. Soon thereafter, Morris smacked his game-tying two-run jack to left.

“I just told them we got to go one pitch and one at-bat at a time; let’s just try to make some things happen,” Post 15 manager Mike Goodwin said of the message to his team prior to what could’ve been their last inning of the season.

“I told the kids I do not want to go home and they responded.”

After the blast, Graddock was lifted in favor of Mitch Baddour, who suffered the mound setback.

Blake Bennett reached after the bomb via a walk and Todd Burner followed with a swinging bunt, which he beat out for an infield single. Hunter Thompson proceeded to hit into a fielder’s choice, which forced Bennett out at third.

With runners on first and second, Chase Swain flew out to left and extra innings were looking like a probability. However, Batten sent a 3-1 offering from Baddour into the left-center field gap as Burner raced around third and crossed the plate easily to keep Post 15’s season alive.

“It was a bomb. He (the left fielder) didn’t have a chance,” Goodwin said of Batten’s hit. “The kid went after it, but there was no way he was going to catch it.

“It was over his head. It was a no-doubter. It would’ve been a double easily. I’ll take that problem.”

After issuing nine walks during Wednesday’s opening-round 11-1 setback to Lyon County Post 68 of Kentucky, the free passes weren’t much of an issue on Thursday.

“It was huge. I can’t stress how important the job he did today as far as keeping us in the game until our offense finally woke up,” Goodwin said of winning pitcher Colin Bryant, who scattered seven hits in the complete-game victory while allowing one earned run with three base on balls and a pair of strikeouts.

Wilmington scored its first run in the top of the first thanks to an RBI single by Zach Zabriskie, who went 2 for 3. In the third, Max Hildreth, who also had two hits, singled and later scored on an error.

“The Hayden Morris home run today was so dramatic and so epic,” added the Post 15 manager, whose club improved to 26-13 and returns to action in another elimination game at 4:30 p.m. today versus Alabama state champ Troy Post 70.

“I feel so happy for the kids to bounce back the way they did and to send the North Carolina champ home. That’s a big deal. We have a difficult road in front of us. I don’t know how it’s going to go Friday, but I feel much better about the mindset of the kids.”

Morris also added a double to finish 2 for 3. Aside from Batten and Burner, Post 15 also had singles from Bennett and Max Anderson.

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Parkersburg 3, Wilmington 2

Wilmington 101 000 0 — 2 7 1

Parkersburg 000 000 3 — 3 6 1

WP: Colin Bryant 7IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 2SO

LP: Mitch Baddour .2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB

Alex Holland 4.2IP, 3H, 3BB, 3 SO

McGuire Graddock 1.1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB

Wilmington Post 10 hitting: Jac Croom 1-4; Max Hildreth 2-4; Kyle Smith 1-3, 2B; Zach Zabriskie 2-3 RBI; Jonathon Manis 1-3, 2B

Parkersburg Post 15 (26-13) hitting: Todd Burner 1-3 R; Jordan Batten 1-2 walk-off game-winning RBI; Max Anderson 1-3; Hayden Morris 2-3 R, 2B, two-run HR (7th), 2 RBIs; Blake Bennett 1-1; Bradan Mullenix R

Next game: Parkersburg Post 15 vs. Troy Post 70, 4:30 p.m. today.

American Legion Baseball Southeast

Regional Tournament Schedule at

McCrary Park, Asheboro, N.C.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Game 1: Lyon County Post 68 (Ky.) d. Parkersburg Post 15, (11-1)

Game 2: Troy Post 70 (Ala.) d. Sumter Post 15 (S.C.), (7-4)

Game 3: Tallahassee Post 13 (Fla.) d. Wilmington Post 10 (N.C.), (2-1)

Game 4: Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 (S.C.) vs. Randolph Post 45 (N.C.) PPD

Thursday, Aug. 9

Game 4: Randolph Post 45 (N.C.) d. Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 (8-2)

Game 5: Parkersburg Post 15 d. Wilmington Post 10 (3-2)

Game 6: Sumter Post 15 d. Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24 (5-0)

Game 7: Lyon County Post 68 d. Tallahassee Post 13 (5-3)

Game 8: Randolph Post 45 (N.C.) d. Troy Post 70 (6-5)

Friday, Aug. 10

Game 9: Sumter Post 15 vs. Tallahassee Post 13 12:30 p.m.

Game 10: Parkersburg Post 15 vs. Troy Post 70, 4:30 p.m.

Game 11: Lyon County Post 68 vs. Randolph Post 45, following

Saturday, Aug. 11

Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 4:30 p.m.

Game 13: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 12

Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, 1:30 p.m.

Game 15: Second championship (if necessary), 4:30 p.m.

NOTES: Pairings for Game 12 and 13 will not match previous opponents against each other unless absolutely necessary. If three teams remain after Game 13, the winner of Game 11 automatically draws the bye for Game 14.

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