Coleman-Pitt Post 58 coach Hank Jones instructs the team Tuesday during practice at Legion Field.
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Coleman-Pitt Post 58 coach Hank Jones instructs the team Tuesday during practice at Legion Field.

Post 58 set for playoffs opener

By Jessie H. Nunery

Sports Editor

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There’s reason for Coleman Pitt Post 58’s baseball team to be optimistic despite entering the playoffs in somewhat of a valley.

Post 58 begins a three-game Area 1 opening round series at 7 tonight against a Cary Post 67 squad that it has been successful against during the regular season.

The two squads split their meetings, with Post 58 allowing 11 walks in a 10-8 loss to Post 67 on June 19.

The second game was a Coleman-Pitt 7-1 road victory June 22.

It all leaves the outcome of the series, which begins tonight at American Legion Field, anyone’s guess.

“I think it could easily be a three-game series,” Post 58 coach Hank Jones said. “They are a pretty good hitting team with decent pitching. I think they are capable of beating us on any given night as we are them.”

Coleman-Pitt Post 58 has beaten itself in many of its six losses this summer.

Jones’ squad has dropped three consecutive games, including Tuesday night’s 10-8 nonconference defeat to Apex Post 124.

In the contest, Post 58 out-hit its opponent, 17-11, but committed two errors that contributed to four Post 124 runs.

“It has been really bizarre,” Jones said. “It seems like when we make an error, we pay the maxium price for it. Sometimes you make an error and it doesn’t cost you a thing.”

Cary Post 67 has seven left-handed hitters in its lineup, and Jones said that could make left-hander Cody Smith his team’s ideal starter for tonight’s opener.

Smith started in one of Post 58’s doubleheader games Saturday, so he will have enough rest if the squad chooses him over M.J. Jones for Game 1.

Although it is a three-game series, the opener carries importance.

If for some reason games are postponed because of rain, the winner of Game 1 will move on to the best-of-five series second round that begins Monday.