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Post 77 wins big again
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The American Legion Post 77 baseball team has proven that it can win, going 15-0 to start the season, and this week it proved it can win big.

Rockdale picked up a 32-0 win over Post 247 Dawsonville, and on Tuesday defeated Post 45 Canton 11-0.

Both Rockdale's pitching and hitting her clicking in the two victories, including a strong performance on the mound by Cole Hamilton on Tuesday.

Hamilton went seven innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out eight in 83 pitches. Randy Loew relieved Hamilton for one inning, striking out one of the three batters he faced.

Cody Wofford, who hasn't been able to find time on a crowded Post 77 mound much this season, pitched the final inning, facing four batters, striking out one and giving up one hit.

"Overall pitching-wise it was a good night for us," Rockdale Post 77 coach Jack Murphy said.

Rockdale didn't allow a runner to get past second base all night, and allowed just four hits total.

"That's pretty good pitching when you keep them off the bases," Murphy said.

While Hamilton and co. were shutting down Canton, the bats brought plenty of offensive firepower.

Wofford connected on two home runs, and drove in five runs to lead the offense.
Rockdale scored one run in the first, second and fourth innings, before adding two in the sixth and three in the seventh leading 8-0.

In the top of the ninth, Rockdale tacked on three more runs for the final margin.

"It was a tight game until the seventh inning," Murphy said. "All you have to do is get runners on and if someone gets lucky and hits one, they get back in the ball game."

Rockdale's offense has been ignited lately by Rockdale High's Jeremy Sparks. Last week Sparks was moved to the leadoff spot of the potent Post 77 order, where he has shined getting on base at a rate higher than 70 percent.

"Jeremy has really surprised me," Murphy said. "We moved him to the leadoff spot and he's done a good job there, getting on base .700 to .750 rate, and scoring a lot of runs for us in that position. He's also doing an excellent job playing second base."

Rockdale entered the four-team Albany tournament Friday, and will play through the weekend. It will play its first home game since June 7, against Cumming on July 8.