Post 166 trips up in battle for first place
Goose Creek Post 166 missed an opportunity to control its own destiny in the race for the League I regular season title on Monday.
Post 166 committed six errors, leading to five unearned runs, and also walked six batters in an 8-4 loss to Hilton Head at GCHS. Post 166 bats only had six hits to boot.
It gave the Heat a 10-2 record in the league and dropped Post 166 to 8-4. The two teams split the four regular season meetings. Each team won both of their games in the series on the other team’s field.
“For some reason we play really good against them on the road and they’ve been playing well against us at home,” Post 166 coach Dave Holt said. “…We had a couple of innings where it got away from us.”
Each team has four games left in the regular season.
Post 166 was slated to host Moncks Corner on Tuesday in another key league game before traveling back to Moncks Corner on Thursday. Post 166 is 2-0 against Moncks Corner this season, winning 9-4 and 10-7.
They conclude play for this week in a legion tournament this Friday through Sunday at Socastee and Waccamaw high schools.
The last regular season game is slated for July 3 at home against Beaufort.
Hilton Head scored an unearned run on two errors in the top of the second inning and added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning after loading the bases.
The Heat loaded the bases again in the fifth inning and broke the game open with five runs. Post 166 aided the cause with two errors.
Post 166 starter Tyler Rio (2-2) went four innings and allowed seven runs, three earned, to take the loss. Chris Zurcher threw an inning of relief, walking two and striking out one.
A two-run single off Zurcher in the fifth gave Hilton Head the 8-0 lead.
Lefty Cody Maw tossed four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and walking two batters. He fanned three hitters.
With Maw keeping Hilton Head off the bases, Post 166 had a chance to get back in the game in the eighth inning.
Goose Creek loaded the bases with nobody out and Austin Timm was plunked to force in a run, followed by Tyler Rio’s RBI single to left.
After a strikeout of Sean Freeland, Zack Wimmer walked in a run to cut Hilton Head’s deficit to 8-3.
Post 166’s last run came on a Cody Smith fielder’s choice. The rally ended on Taylor Morrison’s well-struck ball to left center.
“There was an opportunity,” Holt said. “If somebody bangs one in the gap right there maybe it’s a different story.”
In the ninth, Maw led off with a single but that was all Post 166 could muster.
Maw was the only Post 166 player with two hits, going 2 for 2 with a run scored.
Chance Murphy tossed a complete game for Hilton Head to earn the victory.
On the season, Rio leads the squad with a .361 batting average, followed closely by Timm, Wimmer and Cody Smith.