Post 166 can’t handle Beaufort’s Dixon

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tyler Rio forces out a Beaufort runner at second base and then throws to first to try to complete a double play. ROB GANTT/GAZETTE

Post 166 is still seeking another league victory after its bats were no match for Beaufort pitcher Shane Dixon on Monday night at GCHS.
Dixon tossed a six-inning one-hitter for Beaufort, blanking Goose Creek Post 166 5-0 in a game shortened due to heavy rain before the start of the top of the seventh inning.
“We ran into a pretty good pitcher,” Post 166 coach Dave Holt said. “You’ve got to give him credit. He had a little extra zip on his fastball and we weren’t able to catch up to it.”
It was the third straight league loss for Post 166 (5-4, 2-3 league). Thanks to heavy doses of rainouts, it was also the first Post 166 game in 12 days. They were coming off losses to Beaufort (8-1) and Hilton Head (11-3).
Post 166 was set to play at Hilton Head on Tuesday before hosting a team from Cary, N.C. on Friday night at GCHS.
Next week will see a packed slate of games for Post 166, starting with Monday’s home game against Moncks Corner.
They host West Ashley on Tuesday and Moncks Corner again on Wednesday before traveling to Beaufort June 20 and Moncks Corner June 21.
“We’re trying to put some games together,” Holt said. “We need to get the pitching, hitting and fielding to come together.”
In its latest loss, Post 166 barely avoided a no-hitter. Tyler Rio’s line drive up the middle deflected off Dixon’s glove in the fourth inning for Dixon’s only blemish. It also started Post 166’s best chance to do damage.
Rio moved to second on a passed ball, and Zack Wimmer walked. After another passed ball put runners in scoring position with one out, Dixon fanned the next two batters to keep the game scoreless in the fourth.
“We had some opportunities and some counts in our favor but we just weren’t able to catch up to his fastball,” Holt said. “We fouled off some good ones and then he was able to strike us out.”
Beaufort scored all of its runs in the top of the fifth inning with threatening weather moving into the area.
Beaufort loaded the bases with nobody out and Cody Smith walked in a run, followed by a sacrifice fly that made it 2-0.
A two-run single to right field gave Beaufort a 4-0 lead. It added to its lead on a wild pitch.
Cody Smith (3-1) threw four and two-thirds innings and took the loss. He had only given up a single hit before the fifth inning but walked three batters and surrendered three hits in Beaufort’s lone scoring frame.
Reliever Chris Zurcher got the final out of the fifth and retired the side in order in the sixth.
Before Beaufort could bat in the seventh, inclement weather ended the game.

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