Post 423 enters break with loss to Caldwell

Jun. 04, 2013 @ 09:36 AM

If Post 423 played hand grenades or horse shoes, instead of baseball, they would sit near the top of Area IV. Instead, after three straight losses by a combined six runs, Rutherford County now sits at 2-4 heading into a long 15-day break.

Post 423’s latest setback came at the hands of Caldwell Count at McNair Field Sunday night. Post 29 held an 8-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth and then withstood a four run Rutherford County rally to take the 8-7 win.

“I don’t have much to say about the game except we have to play better,” said coach Sam Hooper. “We aren’t hitting the ball right now and that has that needs to improve. As for the close games that’s just a part of baseball. I don’t think there is any specific reason you can  point to (for the losses). It is what it is. We are just going to hope things turn around in the second half.”

Post 423 will certainly have time to prepare for that second half as they will not see action again until June 18 at Caldwell.

“It’s a busy time for the players with graduation and other things,” said Hooper. “They deserve a break and we could really use the time to help with injuries and getting some rest. Will Odom should be back and that will help our offense.”

Post 423 will need that rest as they have 10 games in 13 days to close out the regular season.

“Legion ball is a tough grind and this is the toughest part of the season coming up after the season,” said Hooper. “We need to come back well rested and ready to play. If we do that, I think we can turn things around.”

Rutherford County returns home Saturday, June 22, as they play host to Cherryville Post 100.