Game 8 - August 13, 2016
Shelby, NC - One day after a disappointing loss to California, Texarkana, Ark., Post 58 almost immediately found itself down 2-0 in the first inning to Cumberland, R.I., Post 86/14 Saturday afternoon. Four innings later, things completely turned around for the Razorbacks.
A six-run fourth inning set up Post 58’s 8-3 win that left both teams 1-1 in pool play. Texarkana (39-5) shook off a 4-2 loss to California that included two late-game base-running errors with runners in scoring position.
But things didn’t look to be going Post 58’s way early. Cumberland’s Tyler Calabro reached on a fielder’s choice in the first inning, and Tyler Walsh followed with a single. Chris Wright then drilled a line drive into center field that just got past diving Texarkana centerfielder Blake Hall’s mitt, bringing home both baserunners.
Neither team could muster any more major threats until Texarkana’s big fourth inning. With one out, Parker Ribble and Beau Burson hit consecutive singles. One batter later, Riley Orr reached on a fielder’s choice and error, bringing Ribble home from second.
Matt Goodheart followed with a triple to right-center field, scoring Burson and Orr, and then came home himself on a wild pitch. A single and error put Cole Boyd and Blake Hall on base, and Will Smith then delivered a two-run single that put Texarkana on top 6-2.
Cumberland (34-5) came back with a run in the top of the fifth on singles from Josh Brodeur and Calabro, and a Texarkana wild pitch. But two innings later Post 58 responded with a two-run rally of its own. After Orr and Goodheart each singled, Hall brought Orr home on a bunt and Goodheart scored on a fielding error on the same play, pushing the advantage to 8-3.
Texarkana’s Tanner Vaught (1-0) pitched a complete game, scattering 12 hits. Post 58’s defense didn’t commit an error, while Cumberland was charged with four. Cumberland pitcher Ryan O’Neill allowed all eight runs – none earned.