Post 166 claims League 1 crown

  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Rob Gantt/Gazette Post 166 catcher/outfielder Christian Sillanpaa rounds third base to score a run in a game earlier this season. Goose Creek Post 166 begins the playoffs on July 7.

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There has been a lot less action than normal but Post 166’s summer on the diamond has resulted in another league crown.

The local American Legion baseball team finished the regular season 7-1 against League 1 foes and begins the state playoffs at home on July 7.

It’s the fourth consecutive league title for Goose Creek.

“This gives us a little confidence heading into the playoffs,” Post 166 coach Josh Kubisz said.

Only Beaufort and the Lowcountry Heat were Post 166 foes in League 1 this summer.

Goose Creek will have homefield advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs. A first-round opponent is yet to be determined because other leagues have more scores to settle.

“All we know is that it will be somebody from the Lower State,” Kubisz said.

Post 166 will take a 7-4 record into the postseason. The eight-team state tournament concludes July 26-30 in Sumter.

In their last completed game, Goose Creek defeated Beaufort 18-10 on Thursday, June 26. Beaufort had defeated Goose Creek 6-2 in the league opener to start the summer but Post 166 won seven in a row, capped by the Heat’s forfeit to Post 166 on Monday.

“Tyler Rio has been our horse on the mound,” Kubisz said. “Zac Gonzales is probably leading the team in RBIs. He’s got two or three home runs and one of those was a grand slam.”

Rio will start the first playoff game on the mound at GCHS, followed by Michael Cedotal in Game 2, which will be on the road.

Each of the first two rounds is a best-of-5 series. The eight teams that win two rounds of playoffs will advance to state.

“When we make it to state, we usually do well when we get there,” Kubisz said. “I think we’re ready to rock. They’re really relaxed. They never get too uptight.”

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