Raleigh Post One American Legion used a combination of efficient pitching and solid hitting to build an early lead and come up with a relatively easy 11-7 win over Creedmoor Post 161 Sunday at Cary High School.
Raleigh took command of the game early on, scoring in four of the first five innings, including three-run innings in the second and fifth.
Broughton’s Wilson White was a major contributor to the team’s effort, holding Creedmoor scoreless through five innings and helping Post One to an 8-0 lead.
“Wilson White was a beast to start the game,” said Raleigh coach Aaron Rich.
“That really helped, him throwing a lot of strikes.”
White credited his teammates for making his performance a successful one.
“My teammates backed me up,” he said. “The pitcher is just the one that’s supposed to put it in play.”
Creedmoor would outscore Post One 7-3 in the final three innings, but never managed to truly threaten its opponent.
Rich said that though he was pleased with his team holding off Creedmoor, he would have liked to have seen his team capitalize more on its hot start.
“I wish we could have held them down to fewer runs and gotten closer to the ten run rule, but they just fought,” he said. “You’ve got to give them credit.”
The win helped keep the playoffs in reach for Raleigh, whose conference record improved to 6-3 with the victory.
Coming together fast
By its very nature, American Legion baseball doesn’t allow much time for a team to come together and jell.
Rich said his team had just a single practice before playing its first game in late May, though he began scouting players for the team last winter.
This isn’t new for Rich.
This is his third season as coach at Post One, which draws players from Leesville Road, Broughton, Cary and East Wake.
What is new for him are the players, as only three players return from last year’s squad.
“It’s taken us a while to jell,” Rich said. “Just because it’s a bunch of new faces from two teams, Leesville and Broughton, that fight each other all season long.”
White said that despite the intense rivalry between the two schools, he’s enjoying his time with his other teammates, including the ones from Leesville Road.
“It’s great to get to know the new guys, and on this team we all get along pretty good,” he said.
“It’s been fun.”