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Post 2 overcome first-game jitters in 4-2 win in season opener

MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown Post 2 baseball team kicked off its summer with a come-from-behind victory over Garrett County (Md.) Wednesday night at Dale Miller Field.

After recording just four hits and going blank in the run column through the first five innings, the hosts scored all four of their runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth inning for the win.

Shortstop Daniel Grabo went 3 for 3 at the plate with two singles, a double and two RBI, while seven different batters made up the nine hits for Post 2 (1-0).

“Everybody on the field stepped up in some capacity tonight,” head coach Andy Altemus said after the game. “It wasn’t going well there early on but our younger guys went out and showed what they have to offer.”

Garrett County would be the ones to get the offense going early, leading off the game with a double by center fielder Easton Rhoten and a single by Brayden Upole. They would both come around to score the first two runs of the game to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Garrett pitcher Will Moon did well to keep the Post 2 offense at bay, giving up just four hits through five scoreless innings. However, other than the first two runs in the opening half-inning of the game, Moon didn’t have any more run support and kept the door cracked for Post 2 to swing open.

The top of the sixth finally saw the Post 2 bats come alive as Tommy Montague and Gabe Templeton began the rally with a double and a single. After the second out of the inning, first baseman Brady McNew stepped up and drove a laser to right field that scored both runners and tied the game at two runs a piece.

Max Cash singled on the very next pitch, making way for Grabo to cap off his night with a double to left field that scored two more runs, and gave Post 2 a 4-2 lead that wouldn’t change.

The pitching trio of Hunter Dakan, Mayson Jack, and Tyler Furbee kept the Garrett hitters from building momentum throughout the game allowing just six hits and striking out five batters.

“Today was a staff day with this being a busy week,” Altemus explained. “Even in the first inning, Hunter just gave up one hit. A few things didn’t go our way and we could’ve probably kept the game within one run but they (the three pitchers) did well and are all going to pitch this weekend.”

Post 2 will be back at Dale Miller Field on Friday to take on Wheeling Post 1 in the annual Wooden Bat Classic at 7:00 p.m.

Morgantown 4, Garrett County 2
Morgantown – Latocha 3000, Smolkin 2000, Bailey 3010, Montague 1110, R Bailey 2000, Templeton 1110, Dorkins 3010, McNew 3112, Cash 3110, Grabo 3032
2B: Grabo, Templeton
3B: D. Bailey
Garrett – Rhoten 4110, Upole 4120, Tasker 3000, Haskiell 4010, Moon 1011, Sebold 3000, Stewart 3000, Uphold 2010, Haskiell 2000
2B: Haskiell, Rhoten
WP: Furbee 3.0ip 2h 0r 1bb 1k
LP: Moon 5.2ip 8h 4r 2bb 3k

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