Game 11 - August 14, 2016
Shelby, NC - For the second straight day, Texarkana, Ark., Post 58 fell behind 3-0. And for the second straight game, the Razorbacks rallied. Down 3-0 after the first inning Sunday against Leesburg, Va., Post 34, Texarkana (40-5) put together big rallies in the second and fourth innings and then held off a late charge by Leesburg to win 7-5.
“I’m just proud of these guys,” said Texarkana manager Dane Peavy, whose team finished 2-1 in pool play. “They battle tooth and nail for each other and give you everything they’ve got. We knew that we needed to win. And we knew that we had a good team.”
Virginia, which came into the game 0-2 in pool play, stunned Texarkana with three runs in the top of the first inning. Jack Howard reached on a fielder’s choice and Kurtis Meyer walked. Zach Costello followed with an RBI single, scoring Howard and moving Meyer to third.
Meyer came home on an error, which moved Costello to third. Following a walk, Gus Buscavage singled home Costello to give Leesburg a 3-0 lead.
But Texarkana came back two innings later. Nick Myers, Parker Ribble and Beau Burson all singled to start the inning. Burson drove in Myers, Logan Vidrine followed with a walk, and Riley Orr drew a base on balls to score Ribble.
Matt Goodheart’s fielder’s choice brought home Burson. Goodheart then stole second and Vidrine came home on a throwing error on the play, giving Texarkana a 4-3 lead.
Texarkana tacked on two more runs in the fourth. Vidrine reached first on an error, and a throwing error on Orr’s ensuing bunt single scored Vidrine and put Orr on second. Two batters later, Blake Hall brought Orr home with a single.
Will Smith’s RBI single scored Hall in the bottom of the seventh, putting Texarkana up 7-3. Leesburg countered with a run in the top of the eighth, and then loaded the bases in the top of the ninth on two singles and an error.
A hit batter brought Leesburg within 7-5, but Razorback relief pitcher Zac Harrington got a strikeout and groundout to close out the game.
Patrick Flanagan (2-1) got the win, allowing just one earned runs in six innings.