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American Legion Baseball has been very good to King George Post 89 this season. Most recently, Post 89 defeated Staunton Post 13 two times in five days to lock up the second seed in the upcoming American Legion District 13 Tournament. Staunton and Courtland Post 55 are currently fighting for the third seed.
Post 89 pitchers, Marc Antosz (8 1/2 innings, 2 runs 2 walks, 4 hits, 6 strikeouts), and Adam Desjariais (8 innings, 1 run, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts) combined to pitch two solid outings against Staunton last week.
Combined with solid defense and clutch hitting, the entire team is riding the waves of success.
With the regular season coming to an end this week, tournament contending teams will be sharpening their plate and mound skills, as they prepare for the most important games of the season. However, if Post 89 successfully navigates their way through the upcoming playoffs, they could revisit District nemesis, number one seed, Albemarle Post 74. “Karma is everything now,” King George Post 89 head coach Al Landino said. “Everything has to line up just right to beat Albemarle. In short, you have to beat them, because they will not beat themselves.” The next stop for the tournament winner is the American Legion State Championships, in Williamsburg.
Tuesday, Post 89 vs. Post 13
On Tuesday night, fans were treated to a pitcher’s duel, at the confines of the Virginia Sports Complex, in Ruther Glen. With Post 89 standout pitcher Adam Desjariais narrowly edging out Post 13 mound ace, Chase Sprouse in a nine-inning standoff that ended in a 2-1 Post 89 win, defense was the hidden intangible for both teams.
In the fourth inning, Post 89 finally broke through Staunton’s stingy defense, as Cody Bell rifled a single up the gut into right field that scored Nick Graves, giving King George a 1-0 lead.
As the game wore on, both pitchers continued to stifle batters at the plate with near flawless pitching. In the top of the eighth inning, after refusing to give a run, Staunton finally got on the scoreboard with a Desjariais walked in run—tying the game at 1-1.
King George would retaliate in the ensuing bottom of the eighth inning, as Will Shifflett slammed a base hit into left field that scored Tyler Truslow for the eventual winning run.
Saturday, Post 89 vs. Post 13
On Saturday, things were looking a wee bit dismal for the host Post 89 in a game featuring visiting Staunton Post 13. Staunton seemed to have found their stride in the first two innings, as they scored six runs, including a two-run homerun by Post 13 pitcher, Cody Riley. Riley would eventually pitch the entire game, giving up six runs, four walks, 11 hits, five strikeouts, in 10 innings of work.
However, Post 89 chipped away at Riley for 11 innings to pull out a nail-biter 7-6 win. Although he gave up two runs in the second inning, Antosz shut out Staunton’s batters for the next 8 1/2 innings, without a whisper of Post 13 offense. The movement on Antosz’s off-speed pitches left Staunton batters swinging in desperation. Antosz’s stats included: 8 ½ innings, six strikeouts, four hits, two walks, and two runs.
Nick Graves posted a grounder for a sacrifice RBI in the bottom of the first inning that cut the Staunton lead to 2-1. However, Post 89 would fall behind 6-1 in the top of second inning, forcing them to rally for the rest of the game. Post 89 bravely fought out of the 6-1 deficit with a Dylan Dombrowskas RBI in the bottom of the third, and a Cody Bell sacrifice ground RBI in the bottom that cut the Staunton lead to 6-3. Later in the bottom of the eighth, Bell sliced another RBI fly ball, cutting the Staunton lead to 6-4.
With the Post 89 fans on the edge of their seats in the bottom of the ninth inning, King George rallied to tie the game at 6-6 with a Dombrowskas two-run RBI double into center field.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Truslow crushed a single into center field to score Jacob Roberts for the game-winning run.
On the following day, Post 89 lost to Albermarle Post 74, 11-4.
Post 89 will host Spotsylvania Post 320 on Friday evening, at 7 p.m., for the first round of the District 13 playoffs.
Also, if Post 89 defeats Post 320, they host the winner of Courtland Post 55 versus Fluvanna Post 2003.
Results of the two away games featuring Ashland Post 206 (Tuesday, Wednesday) were not available due to press deadlines.