Post 166 opens season with league victory
Tyler Rio had three hits and recorded the save on the mound to help lead Goose Creek Post 166 to a 10-8 victory at Hilton Head on Monday night in the season and League 1 opener for the American Legion baseball team.
Rio’s two-run single was part of a six-run third inning that gave Post 166 control of the game. Sean Freeland also had a two-run single during the outburst that gave Post 166 an 8-3 lead.
“It was nice to get a road win,” said first-year coach Dave Holt. “The game was a little sloppy in a lot of ways. Both teams made some errors and mistakes. We overcame a lot of ours with our offense.”
Zack Wimmer, Austin Timm and Freeland added two hits each to the onslaught. One of Wimmer’s hits was a solo home run.
Wimmer pitched just the first four innings so he was not credited with the win. That went to Cody Smith, who hurled the fifth through eighth innings. Smith tacked on a triple for Post 166.
Post 166 is set to compete in a tournament Friday through Sunday in Florence before returning home on Memorial Day to take on West Ashley in the home opener.
Holt said the tournament gives him an opportunity to dole out more playing time.
“It’s a chance to get a look at a lot of guys and let them get some experience under their belt,” he said.