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Post 72 wins opener, falls in doubleheader

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

GARRETT SMART fires a pitch during Alton's game with Milford last week. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
June 19, 2017
ALTON — After opening the season with a convincing win, the Alton Post 72 Junior Legion baseball team dropped a pair of games in the Sunday heat at Prospect Mountain High School.

Against Milford on Wednesday, June 14, Post 72 came out swinging, scoring four runs in each of the first two innings and then adding two more in the fifth to close out the 10-0 win.

Ryker Burke led off the game with a base hit and after Colby Clark was hit by a pitch, Austin Dinsbery had a base hit and Austin Garrett had a double. Lars Major followed with another double and Alton was up 4-0 out of the gate.

The second inning saw Post 72 tack on four more runs, with Burke again starting the rally with a base hit. After a Clark base hit, a base hit from Garrett Smart, a walk to Garrett and a base hit from Ryan Dube made it an 8-0 game.

Casey Clark drove in the final two runs of the game, closing out the win, as he had a two-run base hit in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Smart went three innings on the hill and Garrett finished up the final two innings.

Nashua came to Alton on Sunday and dealt the local boys a pair of defeats, winning the first game 16-3 and the second game 13-3.

All of Alton's runs in the first game came in the fifth inning, in the team's last at bats of the game. Drew Nickerson, Robbie Rohrbaugh and Ryker Burke all had doubles in the inning to plate the three runs.

The second game was tied at two going to the bottom of the third inning (Nashua was the home team in the second game).

"Then the roof caved in pitching wise," said coach Gary Noyes.

In the first, Burke had a double and scored on a double by Dube and then in the top of the third, Alton had a base hit from Austin Garrett and a double from Colby Clark plated the tying run.

The final run came in the fifth inning. Garrett Smart and Garrett had base hits to plate Alton's third run in the 13-3 loss.

"It's not an easy schedule," Noyes noted. "We're playing all Division I and II areas.

"But it will make them better players," the veteran coach added.

The team had a rematch with Milford after deadline on Wednesday in Milford, a game Noyes said was a big one early in the season.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com.

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