Early Legion burst doesn't hold up
More patience at the plate evolved into another first-inning scoring surge for Shelbyville Senior American Legion only to have their advantage slip away and result in a loss.
Tony Allen, Ben Jones and Tyler Hatfield sandwiched free passes earned around a single from Bryant Prater to contribute to a 3-0 lead over Old Hickory American Legion on Tuesday at Siegel High in Murfreesboro.
Stefin Reed walked and stole second but was left stranded in the Post 23 portion of the second frame.
The Angels' sticks woke up in their half of the inning, sending 11 batters to the plate. Five hits and two walks later, they owned a 6-2 upper hand from which Shelbyville did not recover. Old Hickory held on for a 7-5 victory.
Jeffrey Comstock and Nick Batts singled during a two-run fifth for Post 23.
Drew Owen started on the hill for Shelbyville but didn't make it out of the second. Jones, Comstock and Prater all provided mound help out of the bullpen.
Post 23 batters totaled eight walks and four hits.
The local boys head to Bowling Green, Ky., for a three-day tournament this weekend. They open up on Friday at 4 versus the Kentucky Kings. Next is a matchup against the Chattanooga Blast on Saturday at noon. On Sunday, Post 23 faces Cutler Construction at 10 a.m. and the Kentucky Bearcats at 4 p.m.