A postponement put into question when and where a fifth game of the Area I West semifinals would be played.
Post 1 pitcher Corey Brassington and a solid offense behind him gave everybody the day off today instead. There will be no fifth game after Brassington and Post 1 shut down Coleman-Pitt Post 58 in Game 4 on Friday at Legion Field, closing the series with a 12-4 victory.
“It’s tough as a hitter because you can’t really eliminate one of his pitches,” said assistant coach Collins Cuthrell, who was filling in for head coach Hank Jones. “Most of the time you have a guy out there where you can eliminate a pitch, but that guy, man, he could throw anything in any count.”
Brassington threw eight innings, gave up five hits and allowed two earned runs. He improved as the game progressed, and kept Post 58 from any sizable rally.
Post 58 never had more than one hit in an inning, and it didn’t have any in Brassington’s final three frames.
“He just kept attacking. He kept attacking us and he never backed off,” said Post 58 catcher David Williams, who went 1-for-2, with two walks and a run scored. “All the stuff was working. He’s a three-pitch guy, and everything was working. He kept us off balance really well.”
Post 1 took a nearly immediate lead in the game. Post 1 notched three RBI singles in the first inning and built a 3-0 lead. When Post 58 scored twice in the bottom of the second inning, Brassington helped his own cause with a three-RBI double in the third. Post 1 scored five runs in the inning and pushed the lead to 8-2.
Post 58 never came within four runs the rest of the way.
Post 1 assistant coach Ben Duncan, who was filling in for suspended head coach Aaron Rich, said Brassington has made a habit of pitching well in important games.
“I’ve known Corey since he was, like, eight years old, and he’s a big-game pitcher,” Duncan said. “We got a lead for him, and all he had to do was come in and throw strikes, limit the damage, and he did that.”
Post 1 was excellent with runners in scoring position Friday, hitting 9-for-17 with 10 RBI.
Of the 22 hitters Post 58 starter Paschal Ammons faced, 15 of them reached base. Ammons pitched three innings and allowed eight runs, though only four of them were earned.
With the game in danger of becoming a blowout, Post 58 put in M.J. Jones, who kept Post 1 scoreless through the seventh.
“I love throwing him, to be honest,” Cuthrell said. “‘He did a very good job. He kept us in the game, within striking distance, and that was all we can ask.”
With Post 58 unable to manufacture anything in its at-bats, Post 1 was able to score twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to put the game well out of reach.
Post 58’s season comes to a close, and for college players like Williams, it was the last time they’ll wear a Post 58 jersey.
“It’s really something special playing with guys you played with your whole life,” Williams said. “It’s one of those things where early on, you maybe take it for granted a little bit because you think it’ll always be there. Then that time finally comes and you’re like, ‘I’m really going to miss this a lot.’ I love each and every one of these guys. They’re my family.”
Raleigh Post 1 12
Coleman-Pitt Post 58 4
P1 305 000 022 – 12 14 2
P58 021 010 000 – 4 5 4
WP: Corey Brassington (8IP, 4R, 2ER, 5H, 5BB, 5K); LP: Paschal Ammons (3IP, 8R, 4ER, 8H, 5BB, 2K).
2B: Griffin Parker (P58); Brassington (P1); Blake Morgan (P1). 3B: Khalil Macklin (P58).
Nick Piotrowicz can be reached at 407-9952 or npiotrowicz @rmtelegram.com