GOLDSBORO — Blake Gipson was dealing for Post 11 as he pitched a shutout for most of the ballgame, but four separate errors almost cost Post 11 the match.
However, in clutch fashion, former Spring Creek Gator and current Methodist Monarch Christian Yarbrough singled up the middle in the bottom of the seventh and moved up to third right after stealing second. Yarbrough eventually scored on a passed ball giving Post 11 the 3-2 walkoff win against Wilson Post 13 on Friday night, May 31.
It was a pitching dual for the first two innings. Neither team capitalized on their hits until the bottom of the third. Post 11 got the scoring started, picking up two runs in the bottom third frame.
Post 11 had another chance to score a run with Case Kermode on third but after a failed squeeze attempt, Kermode was caught in a rundown and eventually tagged out.
After scoring two runs in the third, Post 11’s bats fell silent along with Wilson Post 13. The silence lasted until the top of the sixth when Wilson got its first run of the game after back-to-back throwing errors.
Post 11 catcher Drew Spencer subdued the damage with a heads-up play, quickly throwing it to third knowing he couldn’t tag the runner coming home.
Gipson picked up another strikeout to end the inning bringing the Post 11 offense back up to the plate with a 2-1 lead. Once again a throwing error cost Post 11, this time in the top of the seventh with two outs.
The error allowed the Post 13 runner from second to come home, tying the game up at 2-2, but Gipson got another strikeout to end the inning for Post 11.
Yarbrough came up to plate and picked up his second hit of the game driving it up the middle giving Post 11 life after a quick out to leadoff the inning. Yarbrough continued to apply pressure on Post 13 as he successfully stole second, putting a runner in scoring position for Kermode.
Kermode reached base on a walk and Sam Rice moved up both Yarbrough and Kermode with a groundout. With two outs in the inning and two runners in scoring position, Blake Dilda stepped up with an opportunity to end the ballgame.
Dilda never got a chance to end the game with his bat as Yarbrough charged the plate on a passed ball and slid under the tag just in time to win the game for Post 11 in walk-off fashion.
Post 11 picked up their 10th victory of the season winning 3-2 over Wilson Post 13. Post 11 has a powerful offense, but coach Adam Pate said he was pleased with the way his team battled and found a way to win despite the lack of offense.
“First off, Blake Gipson pitched his butt off. Our team feeds off of his composure and even when we had some errors, he never got down and he was definitely our MVP of the game,” Pate said.
Post 11 has a crowd favorite in their bat-dog, Cooper. Cooper is Pate’s brother’s dog and the team tested his bat-retrieving skills out at the Blue-Gold scrimmage game. Cooper has been a hit ever since.