Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Crumpler, Sauls get the last laugh for Post 13

The Wilson American Legion Post 13 baseball team just keeps rolling along as it downed Kinston Post 43 9-4 for its eighth straight win Tuesday night in Fleming Stadium.

The last five victories have come in the Area One Eastern Division playoffs with Wilson just a win away from moving into the Eastern Division finals.

I stopped by Fleming on Tuesday to shoot a few photographs while senior staff writer Tom Ham handled the story. I left after the fifth inning with the score tied 4-4. Later, I was happy to hear that a couple of the guys with the big hits for Post 13 were Zac Crumpler and Tripp Sauls, both of whom struggled at the plate early.

Crumpler struck out his first two at-bats and then pulverized a double off the base of the left-center field wall to start the fifth. But he was thrown out trying to advance to third on an infield grounder by Mitchell Wheeler, completing a double play that vaporized Wilson's would-be rally.

But Crumpler more than atoned by smashing a two-run homer in Wilson's three-run seventh, scoring Sauls who had doubled in the go-ahead run.

Earlier in the game, Sauls had blasted what looked like a homer to left field but it curved foul just as he was approaching second. In disbelief, he returned to the batter's box where he ended up striking out.

Both these guys have had solid summers and are big reasons Post 13 is in position to go where it hasn't been in anyone's memory — the third round of the playoffs. Head coach Rusty Dail has seemed to find the right mix of players at the right time and it's paying off for Post 13.

Kyle Shields gets the call on the mound Wednesday night as the series returns to Kinston with Wilson eyeing its second straight sweep.

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