06/25/12 — Dove's bases-clearing triple sparks Wayne County Post 11 offense

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Dove's bases-clearing triple sparks Wayne County Post 11 offense

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on June 25, 2012 1:48 PM

DUDLEY -- Ahoskie Post 102 hung around.

And hung around.

And hung around.

Wayne County Post 11 finally took control in the third inning.

Jamie Dove stroked a bases-clearing double into the power alley, which sparked a 17-4, rain-shortened victory on the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex baseball diamond Sunday afternoon.

Dove batted 3-for-4 with a career-high five RBI for Wayne County, which climbed two games above .500 for the first time since late May when it started the season 3-0.

"Our bats seem to be coming alive," Post 11 assistant coach Jackson Massey said. "We hit some very good line drives in the gaps. We had an aggressive approach (at the plate) and we took advantage of Ahoskie's mistakes."

Wayne County established season highs for runs scored (17), hits (17) and RBI (16). Ahoskie's pitching staff further compounded their problems with four wild pitches and a balk.

Seven of nine Post 11 starters logged at least one hit on the afternoon. Justin Barbour cranked out career highs of four hits and four RBI, while Collin DuBose (RBI) and Tyler Gainey contributed three hits apiece.

Cameron Taylor went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Will Winslow (two RBI) and Hunter Barnett each had one hit. Tyler Huetter drove in a fifth-inning run on a sacrifice fly to center field.

The offensive support was more than enough for right-hander Ryan Grant, who made his first-ever Senior Legion start. The Charles B. Aycock standout permitted four runs (two earned) on eight hits, struck out five and did not issue a walk.

Grant (1-0) yielded three runs (two earned) in the first two innings, but settled down. He retired seven of 10 batters during one stretch and struck out the final two Post 102 hitters in the fifth.

"Ryan did a great job letting his defense work behind him," Massey said.

Tied at 3-3 after 2 1/2 innings, Gainey led off the third with a single up the middle. Barbour singled and Barnett reached on an infield error to load bases for Huetter, who hit into a fielder's choice that forced Gainey out at the plate.

Dove followed with a one-strike single into right center field and Ahoskie never recovered. Wayne County eventually sent 27 batters to the plate in the final three innings combined and collected its 28th victory in 32 meetings against Post 102.