LINDEN — American Legion Byron Cox Post No. 72 ran its record to 12-5 on the season with a 9-0 win over Crawfordsville’s summer varsity team on Tuesday evening at North Montgomery.
Post No. 72 used Tuesday’s game as a tune-up for the state tournament as the team consisted of area varsity players and some college freshmen and sophomores regular season will come to a close next Tuesday against Danville, Illinois.
North Montgomery’s Owen Gregg sparked the scoring with a two-run double in the second inning, followed by a single run in the fourth and five more in the fifth. Gregg led the way with a pair of hits. Post No. 72 was able to ride several pitchers to the shutout — something they’ve leaned on this summer.
“This year we have depth, and I trust any of the guys to come in and at least get an out,” coach Kyle Proctor said.
A total of five pitchers saw work on Tuesday, allowing just three hits, while striking out eight, and only walking three Athenians.
Last season Post No. 72 ran out of pitching in the regional, something they hope will carry them this season when the four-team tournament kicks off next Friday at Lafayette Central Catholic.
“It’s a nice feeling to have that and hopefully we won’t need a lot of pitching, but if we do, we’ve got it,” Proctor added. “The good thing is a lot of these kids that we have were starters in high school and even in college. With that experience we are much better than we were last year.”
Post No. 72 has been up and down offensively this season, but Proctor knows what they need to do to be successful, and feels like good things are in store if they follow through.
“The thing about our offense is we’ve gotta play small ball,” he said. “We will get a lead 3-0 in the first and then we turn around and all think we are going to hit home runs, and we start popping the ball up and let other teams get into it. So as long as we continue to play small ball stuff and manufacture our runs, we will be fine.”
Post No. 72 will conclude their regular season with a game against Clinton Thursday, a trip to Decatur, Illinois for a tournament this weekend, and close the season at home against Danville, Illinois next Tuesday. They will open the double-elimination regional next Friday against Franklin, a team they defeated 3-2 in the season opener.