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Post 33 splits, sits 2-2 in Beast of the East through Friday

RICHMOND — For the second consecutive day in the 34th Beast of the East, Post 33 split a pair of games Friday for a 2-2 record through the first two days of the annual tournament.

Jefferson County, 13-9 overall, opened Friday morning with a 4-2 loss to the Hiland Hawks, which consisted of members of the Berlin Hiland High School team that finished as Div. IV state runners up this past spring.

In the second game, Post 33 quickly bounced back and took a 9-1 mercy rule win over the Ohio Prospects out of the Cleveland area.

Both games took place at the Edison Unified Sports Complex.

In the first game, Post 33 fell behind 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning and battled back within 3-1 and 4-2, but could not come all the way back.

Gavin Pownall, an Indian Creek incoming frsshman, had a single and an RBI for Jefferson County, while the Big Red trio of Cooper Blackburn, Zach Smith and J.T. Thompson each had a hit, Thompson’s a double.

Indian Creek grad and Fredrick Community College pitcher Aiden Fernandez got the start and fanned two batters in six innings of work.

In the second game, Pownall drove in a pair of runs, one with a sac fly and another with an RBI single, while Blackburn plated a run with a sac fly, Creek’s Ty Householder and Edison’s Matt Parsons each doubled in a run and Landon Pownall, Gavin older brother and a Creek product, also had a base knock.

Gage Cline, an Edison player, went all five innings on the mound to earn the win, striking out four.

After a scoreless first two innings, Post 33 plated two in the bottom of the third, five in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth to enact the mercy rule.

Jefferson County was slated to take on a pair of local teams in the Madonna Dons and Ohio Valley Mountaineers at 1 and 6 p.m. on Saturday at Edison.

The bracket portion takes place Sunday.

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