Post 166 exhibition highlighted by return of former coach, players
Goose Creek Post 166’s interstate exhibition game with Cary, N.C. had the feel of a reunion on Friday.
Jimmy Huskey came out of retirement to coach the team in the 3-2 loss, and sons Mitchell and Daniel played their part too. Mitchell was an assistant coach and Daniel threw the first five innings for Post 166.
Also, former catcher Dalton Franke and pitcher Zach Lavery returned.
Franke and Daniel Huskey used up their eligibility to play for Post 166 after last season. Lavery is still eligible to play this summer but had not suited up before Friday. He threw the final four innings of relief.
Current Post 166 head coach Dave Holt was out of town and assistant coach Bob Timm was in Myrtle Beach watching son Austin Timm, a Post 166 player, participate in the North-South all-star games.
“It was a great experience,” said Jimmy Huskey, who stepped down after last season. “The kids played hard all night long.”
Cary scored a run in the top of ninth inning to take the lead and held off a two-out rally by Post 166 in the bottom of the inning to preserve the victory.
After back-to-back strikeouts, Cody Smith walked and then swiped second. Tyler Rio followed with a sharply hit infield single off the glove of the diving first baseman to put runners at the corners. It was just inches away from getting into right field, which would have given Smith time to score the tying run.
“Tyler smoked it,” Huskey said. “Their guy just made a great play and happened to knock it down.”
Rio took second base on defensive indifference to get the potential game-winning run in scoring position.
But Cody Maw popped out to first base on a 2-2 count as Post 166 came up short.
Cary took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Post 166 evened the score on a solo homer by Zack Wimmer in the fourth inning and RBI single by Rio in the fifth inning.
Post 166 was set to begin a stretch of five games in five days on Monday at home against Moncks Corner.