The newly formed Stokes County Post 290 baseball team just completed a successful first season by finishing second in their conference and making the playoffs.
The team battled East Rowan in its final games and fell 4-0 and 3-1 in the first round.
“We just played a better, older team in East Rowan,” said manager Thomas Newsome. “They were very solid and no one had beaten them this year. We got a bad draw in getting them in the first round. We competed hard, but couldn’t string together some hits we needed to score runs.”
In the first game, East Rowan pitched a no-hit shutout and scored two runs in the second inning and two more in the fifth. Cameron Whitaker and Jordan White pitched for Post 290 in the loss.
On Saturday, the team welcomed East Rowan to West Stokes. Jacob Mabe threatened to score in the first inning for King, but was stranded on third when a strike three on the third out ended the inning scoreless after one.
In the top of the third inning East Rowan scored all three of their runs on one hit, two errors, a walk and a hit batter. Post 290 responded with their only run in the series in the sixth inning. Ryan Pegram led the inning off with a single and then went to second on an error. Pegram then scored on a ground out by Alex Hooker for the final run of the game.
“I love the way we battled this year,” the coach said. “We started 1-3 and things were looking down. We were able to scrape out a couple close wins against Kernersville and Mount Tabor and then we took off by winning eleven of our last thirteen games in the regular season. The guys stuck together and always picked each other up.”
The team will lose four players due to aging out, but could have as many as fourteen return for next season.
“We’ll lose some great players who played big innings for us,” Newsome said. “But, the returning guys will be a year older and stronger and will be ready and eager to fill those slots in the lineup. I expect us to be even better next season. This is a special group of young men, with supportive parents, and next season can’t get here soon enough.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.