Rockdale Post 77 once again ran into trouble in the American Legion Southeast Region baseball tournament due to a lack of players.
Rockdale fell to host team Randolph County Post 45 10-0 in a seven-inning game at McCrary Park in North Carolina Thursday, according to the Courier Tribune.
Dennis Garcia of the Courier Tribune reported several Rockdale players missed the tournament because of classes, and suffered 13 hits by Post 45.
Casey Shubert pitched for Rockdale, lasting two innings, spoiling his 4–0 record with a 2.62 ERA, coming in.
“He just didn’t have it,” Rockdale coach Demarco Hamm told the Courier Tribune.
According to the Courier Triune, Easton Welch pitched six innings, giving up three hits, walking four and striking out five batters.
“My hat’s off to that team,” Hamm said to the Courier Journal. “They can beat any team in this tournament.”
The Courier Journal went on to report, “Post 45 finished with 13 hits in the seven-inning game with Kyle Smith a perfect 4-for-4 and Dylan Richardson and Dylan Prevatte adding two hits each.”
Georgia faced Florida in an elimination game, which ended after press time Friday.
It was the first time Rockdale was shut out all season, and the fewest runs it scored since beating Loganville 2-0 June 16.
Rockdale made short work of the state tournament, with a 15-13 victory over Douglasville in the first final-round game in its closest contest.
Post 77 beat Leesburg 11-0 in the state tournament’s opening game and then beat Dawsonville 19-1 to earn a spot in the championship against Douglasville.
Rockdale then won its second straight championship by defeating Douglasville 14-3 July 30.
Post 77 was elliminated from the Southeast Region Tournament in the event’s first two games last season.