Post 58 drops Area One playoffs opener

By Jeremy Johnson

Telegram Correspondent

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Bizarre.

That’s the word Post 58’s head coach Hank Jones used to describe the events that took place at Legion Field on Thursday night, as Post 58 fell to Cary Post 67 by the score of 15-13 in the first round of the Area 1 best-of-three playoffs series.

“That was one of the ugliest baseball games that has ever been played,” Jones said.

The two teams combined to walk more than 20 batters in the game, with nine of them coming in the ninth inning.

“I’d like to think that the weather contributed to a lot of that ... but I really don’t know what to think about it,” Jones said. “Like I said, it was one of the most bizarre games that I have ever seen.”

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the second, Post 58 proceeded to score the next four runs in the ballgame to take a 4-3 lead going into the top of the sixth.

Then Cary Post 67 took over in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs in the inning to take the lead.

Post 58, who was down, 15-7, entering the bottom of the ninth, started a rally and scored six runs before Griffin Parker was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a passed ball. Besides the late inning push, Jones felt that Post 58’s focus wasn’t there

“I didn’t feel like we were really into the game,” Jones said. “We got into it right there at the end because it was funny looking, and the whole thing was so crazy.”

Post 58 has to put all of the craziness aside and prepare for a win-or-go-home game at 2 p.m. today against Cary Post 67 at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.Game 3 would be Saturday at Legion Field.

“I think we are going to come out ready to play,” said third baseman David Williams. “Great teams are defined by how they come out after defeat.”