Monday, July 15, 2013
Whether it was a lucky guess or something he truly foresaw, Goose Creek Post 166 Juniors coach Mike Knight had pinpoint precision in prognostication.
After a one-run loss in June dropped the Post 166 Juniors to 2-2, Knight liked the fight he saw in his team and told them he didn’t expect them to lose another game.
Post 166 made Knight a prophet of sorts after winning nine straight on its way to the League 1 title on Thursday, defeating Summerville Green 9-4 at Cane Bay High School.
“We were 2-2 and both of the games we lost were by one run (2-1 and 8-7),” Knight said. “We were down 8-0. We came back and scored seven runs and had the tying run at third base. I told them if they continued to play hard and work hard in practice to get better, that we wouldn’t lose another game.”
Thursday’s victory gave Post 166 the league’s tournament title and a spot in the American Legion Juniors state tournament in Rock Hill. It begins July 20.
Knight said his team has been building for this moment.
“Two years ago, we were the youngest team around,” Knight said. “We took our whippings. That year we might have won two games. Last year, we went .500. I knew we had a shot this year.”
Post 166 used a five-run fourth inning to take control in the championship game. It loaded the bases with nobody out and got an infield single from Tyler Knight to make the score 2-1.
Justin Walker, who also drove in a run in the second inning, forced in the next run when he was plunked by Summerville starter Gabe Crowder. Andrew Preston knocked in two more runs with a single to right field and Bryce Jonason’s ground out made it 6-1.
Post 166 added three more runs on RBIs in the fifth inning by Jamison Mobbs, Knight and Preston.
Jonason threw the final five innings to get the victory on the mound. B.J. Thompson tossed the first two frames for Post 166.
Mobbs leads the team in hitting this summer, sporting a .500 batting average with 10 extra-base hits. He’s followed by Jon Bowman (.461), Kyle Keys (.333), Asher Smith (.333), Preston (.323), Thompson (.294) and Knight (.289).
Mobbs and Jonason have three pitching wins apiece, while Justin Walker has two.