End of the road on the road for Hi-Toms Post 87

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CLEMMONS – One last thrilling rally never materialized for High Point Post 87 in the conclusion of a thrilling American Legion Baseball playoff series.

As a result, the Junior HiToms’ season concluded far earlier than hoped.

“I’m very proud of the way these guys fought,” Post 87 coach Rob Shore said Thursday night. “Most teams in the second round of the playoffs have a full 18-man roster and we had 13, 14 all week. For us to stretch this to a fifth game – I’m very pleased with the way we played.”

Andre McKoy clubbed a pair of homers and drove in five runs to spark West Forsyth Post 522 to a 13-2 victory. The win sent No. 1 seed West into the semifinal round of the Area III playoffs and capped the No. 4 Junior HiToms’ season at 18-9.

McKoy and Dustin Myers hit back-to-back shots in a four-run first inning off Tyler Southcott(Ragsdale HS). That lead hardly seemed safe, though, after the teams combined for dozens of runs in the first four meetings.

Southcott – an emergency starter given Post 87’s absences – wouldn’t allow another run before leaving in the fourth, and Mike Whited(Ragsdale HS) pulled Post 87 within two runs in the second inning with a towering home run over the scoreboard in left-center.

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