Post 166 ends season in state tournament
The summer on the diamond came to a close for Goose Creek Post 166 on Monday night when it was ousted from the American Legion state baseball tournament by Greenville, 14-4.
Post 166 finished the season with a 22-12 record after going 1-2 in the eight-team tournament played at Sumter's Riley Park.
It was another solid season for Post 166. The club won the League 1 title and won at least one game at state for the third year in a row.
"We had a small roster but the players all stepped up and competed," Post 166 coach Dave Holt said. "They were grinders. They ended up with a league title and a playoff run to get to the state tournament. Everybody contributed to a good season."
Outfielder/pitcher Cody Smith led the team in hitting with a .402 batting average while infielder Austin Timm batted .358. Infielder/pitcher Tyler Rio was at .319. Catcher/infielder Christian Sillanpaa batted .289.
Zack Wimmer batted .269 and was the team's top home run hitter with eight blasts.
Smith was also the top pitcher with five wins. He finished 5-2 with a 3.82 ERA. Zach Lavery had a 4-2 mark. Together they combined to strikeout 106 batters in 85-plus innings.
Rio and Maw added three wins apiece.
The Greenville game started well enough for Post 166. Goose Creek plated three runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run single by Wimmer and RBI single by Rio.
But Greenville came back with six runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the second, and never looked back in eliminating Post 166 by mercy rule in seven innings.
Goose Creek had just five hits, all in the first two innings.
Rio was tagged for six hits and surrendered three walks in his one inning of work. Chris Zurcher, Cody Maw and Taylor Morrison followed in relief.
Zurcher allowed three earned runs and three hits, while Maw struck out four and allowed no earned runs.
Goose Creek fell into the loser's bracket on the first day of the state tournament, losing 7-4 to Inman, before bouncing back on Sunday with a ninth-inning rally to edge Murrells Inlet 5-4.
Pinch hitter Mike White laced a two-run single to left field to score the winning runs with two outs in that game. Earlier in the ninth, Davon Higgins pushed in a run with a groundout.
Sillanpaa and Rio had three hits in the win, while Timm added two hits. Maw earned the win in relief, tossing the final two innings in relief of Smith.
Against Inman, Goose Creek led late but couldn't hold the lead. Rio's two-run single in the top of the seventh gave Post 166 a 4-3 lead but Inman scored two runs apiece in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings to win.
Lavery took the loss, striking out 10 over seven innings. He gave up four earned runs and six hits.
Rio, Higgins and Smith all had two hits each, while Timm and Lavery added RBIs.