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Post 89 King George dismantles Post 55 Courtland

On Thursday night, after a roller coaster season, Post 89 King George (8-14) rallied to defeat visiting Post 55 Courtland 55, 16-8. After narrowly losing to Courtland twice during the earlier part of the season, King George dominated their division foes for the final three innings. King George rallied with 11 runs in the seventh inning to take a 15-8 lead.

Standout Post 89 King George slugger Dylan Dombrowksas was a one-man scoring machine. He set the tone with a 5-5 night at plate that included three doubles and two hits that resulted in three RBIs. He was in a scoring zone as he capped his personal best performance off with a score.

Nearly equaling their teammates’ banner night, the following Post 89 players contributed some noteworthy performances of their own: Lex Estes (4-5), solo homerun, three hits, three RBIs; Tyler Trustlow (3-5), double, two hits, two RBIs; David Campbell (2-5), one triple, one hit, three RBIs; Bubby Miles (3-5), one double, two hits, two RBIs; Theo Klopsis (2-5), double, one hit, one RBI; Jordi Estes (1-6) double, one RBI.

As for Courtland, Clay Keranen was their leading hitter with a 2-5 performance, that featured a run scoring double, and a single. Jesse Belcastro, and Travis Weaver finished also finished the game with

two hits apiece.

Confident with his pitching staff, Post 89 head coach Al Landino relied on Damian Carroll, Dustin Phillips, Theo Klopsis and Lex Estes to seal their eighth victory of the season.

“All season long, our pitching has been a bright spot for us,” Landino said. “Although we’ve walked more batters than we should have, we have plenty of guys that can throw — if we through strikes, good things will happen.”

Currently, by virtue of head-to-head play, King George holds the advantage over Post 159 Orange in fight for the fourth seed in the upcoming division playoffs on July 14.

Game review
Lex Estes gave King George a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a solo homerun into left field. Courtland tied game in the next inning after a sacrifice fly ball that scored Jonathan Haught.

Courtland took the lead in the top of the fourth inning, when a King George error allowed Steven Barlow to reach base. The following batter, Jacob Neal delivered a run scoring double into right field that gave Courtland the go-ahead run. Post 55 would score three more runs in the inning from a RBI double from Keranen, and a two-run scoring single from Jordan Pates.

After Dombrowksas (double) and Campbell (single) produced run scoring hits, King George would cut the Courtland lead to 3-5. However, due to runs scored from walks, and an RBI double from Travis Weaver, Courtland extended its lead to 3-8 in the top of the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, King George posted 12 runs to take a 15-8 lead. After Dombrowksas slammed a double into left field that scored Lex Estes, King George mounted an 11-inning scoring drive that would eventually determine the fate of Courtland.

Miles started the scoring with a RBI single, which led to a bases loaded situation for Lex Estes. On the first pitch, Estes tied the game at 8-8, as two runs crossed the plate from his single into center field. David Campbell would follow with a triple into the corner of right field, which plated two runs and a 10-8 Post 89 lead.

King George batters continued to capitalize on Courtland pitching. After Tyler Truslow blasted a double that scored Campbell, Jordi Estes crushed a double over the head of the right fielder that scored two more King George runs. After Theo Klopsis cleared the bases with a two-run scoring double, Courtland brought in their third pitcher of the game. Miles plated the final run of the inning, with a double that scored Klopsis.

Trustlow produced the final score of the game for King George in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one runner aboard, Trustlow singled in Dombrowksas to give King George a 16-8 victory.

On Sunday, King George lost to Staunton, 12-8, and on the following day, they were defeated 14-8, with the game ending in the fifth inning, due to inclement weather.

King is scheduled to play Courtland on Thursday in the first round of the district playoffs.

Leonard Banks
Sports Editor

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