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Behind 5-0, Post 68 rallies for 11-9 victory

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

LELAND—The Brunswick County American Legion Post 68 baseball team scored five runs with two outs in the second inning en route to an 11-9 victory June 24 over Morehead City.

Post 68 trailed 5-0 after one inning but scored six runs in the second. Post 68 fell behind 8-6, but a home run by Mikhail Wheeler in the fourth and Josh Powell’s two-run single in the seventh tied the score. Two errors enabled Post 68 to score its next two runs in taking a lead it never lost.

Randy Daniels was the winning pitcher, giving up one hit and one run in three-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four. Aaron Evans got the save, getting a game-ending double play when Morehead City had runners on third and first.

Jacob Morehouse started for Post 68. He gave up six runs, two unearned runs and 11 hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out five.

After falling behind 5-0, Post 68 began its comeback in the second inning. Powell, Logan Tripp and Ryan Morgan singled, loading the bases. D.J. Graham flied out, scoring a run. Wheeler hit a run-scoring single. Ryan Hill reached on a bunt, loading the bases. Pat Kamfolt singled past the shortstop, driving in two runs. Wally Kamfolt put Post 68 ahead 6-5 when he doubled to left field.

Morehead scored three times in the fourth, the last two on a dropped third strike and a sacrifice bunt.

After Wheeler’s home run in the fourth, Post 68 scored twice in the seventh. Pat Kamfolt singled and Wally Kamfolt walked. A single by Powell tied the score. Tripp walked, loading the bases. A grounder to first by Morgan was misplayed, and run scored. With the bases loaded, Post 68’s next three batters struck out.

Pat Kamfolt scored the 10th run when he doubled with one out in the eighth, stole third and scored on an error on the play. The 11th run came in the ninth on a rundown.

Pat Kamfolt finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Wally Kamfolt doubled and had two RBIs. Powell was 2-for-4 with a walk and one RBI. Wheeler was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Morgan was 2-for-4.

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JACKSONVILLE 6

Wally Kamfolt and Randall Rabon each homered in the first inning and Post 68 finished with 15 hits in a 12-6 victory June 23 at Jacksonville.

Ethan Cox gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings. He struck out six, walked one and picked off three runners.

Post 68 scored three runs in the first and led 5-1 after two innings. It added three runs in the fifth, one in the seventh and three in the eighth.

Jacksonville scored in the first and fourth innings. It scored once in the eighth and three times in the ninth.

Jay Gause finished 3-for-5 with one RBI. Wally Kamfolt singled, doubled and homered and had four RBIs. Josh Powell was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Ryan Hill, Logan Tripp and Mikhail Wheeler each had two hits.

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WALLACE 10

Post 68 scored 11 runs in the final two innings to beat Wallace 19-10 Saturday.

Post 68 trailed 10-9 after seven innings but scored six runs in the eighth. Josh Powell drove in two runs after Pat and Wally Kamfolt had walked. Ryan Morgan drove in a run. After Randall Rabon walked, Adam Herring drove in two runs.

In the ninth, Pat and Wally Kamfolt each got hits Powell drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. A double by Logan Tripp drove in a run and Morgan drove in another run. Walks to Herring and Mikhail Wheeler loaded the bases, and Pat Kamfolt walked, forcing in a run.

Wallace scored seven unearned runs in the second against starter Trey Watson, who pitched seven innings. Post 68 made three errors in the inning. Aaron Evans pitched two scoreless innings.

Post 68 scored in the first when Pat Kamfolt tripled and later scored on a groundout by Powell. In the fourth, Powell homered.

Post 68 scored five runs in the fifth. Pat Kamfolt singled home Wheeler, who had singled. Wally Kamfolt singled and Powell walked, loading the bases. Morgan doubled home three runs. Rabon drove in the final run of the inning.

Post 68 scored in the sixth when Wheeler walked and later scored on a wild pitch.

GAUSE PLAYS

IN STATE GAMES

West Brunswick rising senior Jay Gause was a member of the Region 2 baseball team in the State Games.

Region 2 finished 2-2. It won its opening game June 18 at UNC Charlotte, beating Region 8 12-8. The next day, Region 2 lost 6-3 to Region 6.

On June 20, Region 2 beat Region 4 11-2. That victory advanced Region 2 to the bronze-medal game June 21 at UNC Charlotte, where Region 5 won 6-4.