American Legion Senior Baseball

Dragoons beat Rutherford

Haywood Post 47 exceeds last season’s overall win total
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jun 10, 2014
Photo by: Leonard Lollis Haywood Post 47 outfielder Gerrio Rahming (Rabun Gap) slides safely head first into home plate for the Dragoons’s first run in the second inning.

The Haywood Post 47 Dragoons built an early lead and needed pitcher Forrest Kerslake (Tuscola) to close the door on a late rally to defeat Rutherford County Post 423, 10-7, in an Area IV West Division senior legion game Monday at Tuscola Ballpark.
The Dragoons have already exceeded last season’s overall win total of four games, improving to 4-4 in the West Division and 5-6 overall.
Haywood Post 47 scored six runs in the second inning, one in the third and picked up a pair of runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.
Post 47’s Mark Thompson (Smoky) was the winning pitcher, going the first five innings, allowing five hits and striking out five batters. He left with a 7-1 lead.  
Kerslake came on in the eighth with runners at first and second and one out and Rutherford having cut Haywood Post 47’s lead to 9-7. He promptly struck out the first batter for the second out and got a easy groundout to end the threat. He retired the side with two strikeouts and and groundout to second baseman Lancelot Edwards in the ninth to pick up the save.
At the plate for the Dragoons, Cal Raleigh (Smoky) had three hits, including a double, and four RBI, while Trey Maslin (Franklin) and Pepe Payero (Rabun Gap) had two hits each.
The Dragoons are off until Saturday due to graduations around the area. They will travel to Kings Mountain then host Hickory on Monday, June 16.

Haywood Post 47 Dragoons
Overall: 5-6  Area IV West Division: 4-4

May
24    CAMDEN (SC) L, 6-1
CAMDEN (SC) L, 3-2
25    CAMDEN (SC) W, 7-6 (10)
28    @ Hickory Post 48#,                   L, 19-15       
31    @ Caldwell Post 29#, 7               L, 6-3   
June
1      CALDWELL POST 29 W, 12-5
4      @ Burke Post 21                          W, 3-0
5      BURKE POST 21 W, 11-3
6      @ Henderson Post 77                   L, 13-3    
8      @ Asheville Post 70                     L, 9-1
9      RUTHERFORD POST 421 W, 9-7
14    @ Kings Mountain Post 155#, 7
16    HICKORY POST 48#, 7:05
18    HENDERSON POST 77, 7
19    HENDERSON POST 77, 7
21    HENDERSON POST 77 #, 4:05
22    @ Shelby Post 82# (DH), 5
24    ASHEVILLE POST 70# 7:05
25    @ Rutherford Post 421#, 7
27    @ Cherryville Post 100# (DH), 5
28    KINGS MTN. POST 155#, 7:05
29    GREENVILLE (SC), 7  DH
30    GREENWOOD (SC), 7  DH
Senior Postseason
July
2-22       Area IV Playoffs    
25-31     NC Tournament @ Lexington
August
7-11       SE Regional @ Asheboro
15-20     Legion World Series @ Shelby

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