Grafton Post 12 competes in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic


PHILIPPI—Grafton Post 12 American Legion baseball team played in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic last weekend.

Post 12 played games in Buckhannon, Bridgeport and Philippi. The kids played extremely hard over the weekend, but could not manage to pull away with a victory.

In the first game, Post 12 battled Bridgeport Post 68 junior team. Post 12 recorded nine hits in the contest, but could only manage three runs. Bridgeport went on to win 13—3.

Cameron Forte led Post 12, as he went three for three at the plate, with three singles. The other hits were recorded by TJ Summers, Chase Setler (2), Devin Vanscoy (2), James Hoskins and Garrett Moats. The Grafton runs were scored by Forte and Hoskins. Cameron Forte was on the mound for Post 12.

In the second game, Braxton County Post 33 dominated play as they defeated Post 12 22—2.

Post 12 could only manage three hits on the day, and those hits came from Summers, Vanscoy and Hoskins. The runs were scored by Summers and G. Moats.

The third game of the tournament was cancelled due to rain, so Post 12 did not get to play a 16U team from Florida.

The fourth game of the tournament saw Post 12 facing the Fairmont junior legion team.

At the end of one inning the two teams were tied at two runs apiece, but this would be the only runs scored by Post 12, as they go on to lose to Fairmont 4—2.

G. Moats led Post 12 with two hits on the day, followed by single hits from Forte, Setler, Summers and Vanscoy. The runs for Post 12 were scored by Forte and G. Moats.

In the final game of the tournament, Post 12 played the legion team from Weirton. G. Moats pitched a complete game, but it was just not enough as Post 12 falls 6—4.

Vanscoy led Post 12, going three for three from the plate, while the other hits came from G. Moats, Setler, Hoskins and Chris Miller. Post 12 runs were scored by G. Moats (2), vanscoy and Hoskins.

“We are a very young team,” said head coach Mike Moats. “Coming into this season we knew that we were young and may have a hard time with the older Legion teams. Many of those teams are playing with kids that are 18 and 19 years old and our team’s average age is 15,” he added.

“With that said, I am very proud of these kids and the way they have improved in a short period of time. We are now competitive with most of the junior teams in our area,” said Moats. “We started this team this season knowing that we may not win right now, but we wanted to get our kids prepared for what they are going to see next season at the high school level,” he added.

After the tournament, Post 12 hosted two regular season games at home. The first game was against Bridgeport Post 68 junior team. Post 12 gave up nine runs in the first inning, but bounced back scoring six runs in the second inning. It was not enough as Post 12 fell 23­—12.

Summers, Setler and Vanscoym led Post 12 with three hits apiece, while the remaining hits came from G. Moats (2), Joey Dingledein, Andrew Devart, Hoskins, C. Miller and Tanner Moats.

The runs were scored by Summers (3), G. Moats, Setler, Vanscoy, Dingledein, Devart (2), Hoskins, C. Miller and T. Moats.

On Wednesday night, Post 12 played host to Bridgeport Post 68 Senior team. Post 12 battled all night, but Post 68 went on to win 24—3, in seven innings.

Post 12 will be back in action tonight, at home, at 7:00 p.m., and will also be home for a double header on Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m.

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