RACINE, Ohio — For the first time in exactly a month, the Pomeroy Post 39 American Legion baseball team is officially in the win column.
That’s because the Post 39 Shock & Awe snapped an 11-game losing streak on Wednesday, as it defeated Lancaster Post 11 5-2 in an 8th District Legion League tilt at Star Mill Park in Racine.
Prior to Wednesday, Post 39 last won on June 5 in its season opener — a 9-0 shutout at Parkersburg Post 15.
Pomeroy then lost the next 11, including at Lancaster on June 27 by a 7-2 count.
In the return bout in Meigs County, Post 39 scored twice in the opening and fourth innings — followed by a final insurance run in the seventh.
Pomeroy led 2-1 after two-and-a-half frames, and made it 4-1 on a two-out two-run home run by Kaileb Sheets in the fourth.
Post 11 cut the deficit in half to 4-2 with a run in the seventh, but Pomeroy got the point back in the bottom half before the contest was called complete due to lightning.
Pomeroy pitcher Cameron Richmond threw a solid complete game, allowing only two runs on two walks with seven hits and seven strikeouts.
He retired Lancaster 1-2-3 in the first, fourth and sixth stanzas, and faced four batters apiece in the second and fifth.
Post 11 got single runs on three hits apiece in the third and seventh, and was aided by the only Pomeroy error in the last.
Post 39 scored its opening two runs when leadoff hitter Dylan Smith was hit by a Casey Costlow pitch, and scored on a triple on the next at-bat by Christian Mattox.
Mattox then scored two batters later on an error off the bat of Trey Pickens.
In the second, Blake Johnson led off with a single and Smith walked, but both were left stranded on the corners.
In the third, Pickens, Billy Harmon and Richmond reached on three consecutive Lancaster errors to load the bases, but Costlow pitched his way out of the jam to keep the score at 2-1.
However, in the fourth, Mattox singled with two outs to set up Sheets, who drilled a Costlow offering for the two-run homer.
With Post 39 leading 4-2 in the seventh, Harmon was walked for the second time to lead off, as Richmond then walked and both runners moved up a base on a steal.
That set up Johnson driving in Harmon with a 4-3 RBI-groundout.
The only other Post 39 basehits were back-to-back singles by Kaleb Hill and Smith in the sixth.
For Post 11, Caleb Mattingly singled to lead off the third, then scored on an RBI-single by Michael Crist.
Crist reached third on a single by Tyler Lanning, but Richmond stranded both runners in scoring position.
In the fifth, Mattingly and Lanning both walked, but Richmond again pitched his way out of the jam.
In the seventh, with Post 39 leading 4-1, Lancaster scored its second run when Braden Heston led off with a single and crossed on a Mattingly RBI-groundout.
Brice Dieble singled and Crist doubled in the inning, but Richmond induced Lanning into an inning-ending popout.
The only other Lancaster basehit was a second-inning leadoff single by Derek Short.
Post 39 is set to return home, and set to return to 8th District Legion League action, on Thursday (July 14) against Athens.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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