Post 32 ends season with a pair of wins

COVINGTON — Post 32 Athletics finished their regular American Legion season with victories over Peachtree City and Douglasville to improve their record to 15-2.

At Peachtree City on Tuesday, Post 32 dispatched Post 50 by a score of 15-3. Drew Buckhault got the start for the A’s and went six strong innings before yielding to Hank Steele for two scoreless innings allowing Cale Brown closed the game to notch the win.

At Thursday’s home game against Douglasville, the Covington squad put up a run in the first inning with combined singles from Brown, Dom Bazzani and Zach Beggs. But they found themselves behind early after Post 145 plated a pair of runs in their half of the frame courtesy of a leadoff walk and an error followed by a base hit to give Douglasville a 2-1 lead. Eastside junior Gray Ritchey took the mound and settled in for Post 32.

After a scoreless second inning, Covington evened the score at 2-2 in the third with a pair of hits from Hunter Ballard and Bazzani. The A’s had a chance to take the lead in the fourth as Steele reached on a single. But his effort was for naught as he was left stranded on the bag.

Post 32 then took a commanding 6-2 lead in the fifth with barrage of hits beginning with Dalton Reagin, Bazzani, Beggs, a double by Buckhault and hit by Alcovy junior Blake Shope.

Ritchey continued to roll through the Douglasville roster limiting them to six hits while striking out 10 and only walking two in his six innings of work. Meanwhile the pitching for Post 145 began to break down in the seventh with three consecutive singles from Ryan Sutton, Brown and Reagin followed by five walks as another four runs crossed the plate.

Things got worse for Douglasville in the eighth inning with walks, errors and hit batters while the A’s continued to swing the ball well with a Buckhault single and a double off the bat of Brown accounting for six runs in the inning to make the score 16-2.

Shope assumed the pitching duties for Covington in the seventh and eighth inning and logged three strikeouts in his two scoreless innings of work.

Post 32 will be in action again as the American Legion State Tournament beings on July 24 in Albany. The tournament last until July 28.