Rockdale Post 77 keeps rolling

CANTON -- Rockdale Post 77 kept up its winning ways Tuesday in Canton. Cole Hamilton pitched seven scoreless innings and Cody Wofford homered twice as Post 77 stayed unbeaten with an 11-0 victory over Canton Post 45.

Rockdale (16-0) was coming off a 32-0 dismantling of Dawsonville Post 247 on Sunday, and will play in this weekend's Albany Tournament at Paul Ames Complex.

Hamilton, who is in his third season with the American Legion team but missed most of 2011 with an injury, was dominant against Post 45. He allowed just three hits and walked one batter, while striking out eight in an 83-pitch effort.

"He got stronger as the game went on," Post 77 coach Jack Murphy said. "He really wanted to finish up, but we got this tournament this weekend. He was at 83 pitches; we felt like seven innings was enough ... we like to go 80 to 90 pitches with our pitchers."

Wofford, a rising sophomore at Darton College in Albany, got Rockdale its first run with a run-scoring single in the first. Then he launched a solo home run in the fourth and added a three-run shot in the seventh. By that time, Post 77 had built an 8-0 lead.

"Cody's always had the power to hit home runs; he hit them at Darton College and hit them in high school," Murphy said.

Fred Williams, who had a pair of home runs and drove in eight runs in the win over Dawsonville, stayed hot, ripping a three-run double in the ninth to make it a 10-0 game.

"I think we're capable of hitting home runs occasionally, but it's not what we depend on. We got lots of good hitters up and down the line," Murphy said. "We mostly do it with singles, doubles and maybe we'll get the occasional home run."

Rockdale will put its unblemished mark in this weekend's four-team tournament. Post 77 plays the Wiregrass American Legion team out of Ariton, Alabama Saturday at 12:30 p.m., then meets Albany Post 30 at 5:30 p.m. The championship game is Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with the consolation game before that at 3 p.m.

"We're going down there mainly to get a look at Albany and Post 182 so we get a feel for them when state tournament time comes around," said Murphy. "We'll get a good look at them."