American Legion Junior Baseball

Doughboys stay perfect in West

Meece and Messer lead Post 47’s junior club past Polk County
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jun 17, 2014

The Haywood Post 47 junior legion baseball team improved to 2-0 in the Area IV West Division and 8-3 overall after beating Polk County Post 250, 10-7, in a Monday matinee at Tuscola Ballpark.
Doughboys’ pitcher Ethan Meece  (Tuscola) improved to 3-0 on the season and hurled no-hit baseball for four innings, before leaving with a 7-0 lead in the fifth.
Manager Eryk McConnell made wholesale subsitutions that nearly gave the game away.
A trio of Haywood Post 47 relief pitchers were touched for six hits, issued a total of four walks and the Doughboys’ defense committed four errors that allowed Polk County to score seven runs.
“I was very pleased at the guys we started this game,” said McConnell. “But we made wholesale subsitutions and that group did not play well. I am not dissappointed in the kids. We are going to keep working and make them better ballplayers. Whether they start a game or come in as a sub, they need to learn to be ready to play. But I told the kids despite the ending, we still won the game, we are still on top of the West Division standings and we improved to 8-3 overall.”
Austin Dahl (Franklin) pitched the seventh and picked up the save. He didn’t allow a run and struck out two batters.
At the plate for the junior team, Nathan Messer (Tuscola) was a homer shy from hitting for the cycle, Travis Holden (Smoky Mountain) and Matthew Riddley (Smoky Mountain) had two hits each, while Kevin Allred (Smoky Mountain) and Zach Epps Swain County) had two-RBI singles for the Doughboys.   
The Haywood Post 47 Doughboys’ nest game is a rare tripleheader against visiting Kingsport, Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. The first game starts at noon, the second game at 2 p.m. and the finale is at 4 p.m. at Tuscola Ballpark.
The Doughboys will stay at the friendly confines of Tuscola Ballpark for an important Area IV West Division doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m., against visiting Shelby Post 82 on Sunday, June 22.