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CLEMMONS â€“ 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 HiTomsâ€™ season concluded far earlier than hoped.
â€œIâ€™m very proud of the way these guys fought,â€ Post 87 coach Rob Shore said Thursday night. â€œMost 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 â€“ Iâ€™m very pleased with the way we played.â€
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 HiTomsâ€™ 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 â€“ an emergency starter given Post 87â€™s absences â€“ wouldnâ€™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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