The Hickory American Legion baseball team opened up the home portion of its 2011 season in fashion.
Post 48 (2-0) scored early, adding one run in the first and four runs in the second, on its way to a 11-2 win over Rutherford County Post 423 Wednesday.
Leading the way offensively was Stephan Jordan, who had three RBIs. Jacob Hoyle added two RBIs.
Pitcher Tyler Poole also played a great game, allowing seven hits, two runs, three walks and struck out six batters.
“Rutherford swung the bat a lot,” Poole said. “It was really hard for me to blow the ball by them. They were a good hitting team. I had great defense behind me. Cameron Beard, Cody Plemmons and Stephan Jordan all played really well defensively. My fastball and change up were working well. Overall, we had a solid team performance.”
Hickory went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, as first basemen Hoyle singled to score Cole McGraw, who had reached by being hit by a pitch.
Hickory added four runs in their half of the second inning. Phillip Carroll, Cameron Beard and Daniel Melton each had one RBI in the inning. Hickory batted through their order one time.
Hoyle plated his second run of the game on a fielder's choice, which scored Beard.
Poole remained dominate on the mound through six innings, allowing three hits, one walk and no runs.
“I thought Tyler did an outstanding job,” said coach Fore Rembert. “He’s worked really hard to have command of those pitches. He takes it serious and puts a lot of pride in it. He is a dominant force and really good.”
Rutherford County broke a six-inning scoring streak with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, a single by first basemen Nick Houser scored pitcher Dylan Hipp.
Two batters later, a double by right fielder Tyler Harth plated left fielder Jared Allen for the second and final run of the game for Rutherford County.
Poole dodged trouble in the top of the eighth, as he was able to get two outs and leave two runners on base.
Post 48 added some late insurance with five runs off of four hits. Melton and Cody Plemmons singled to plate one run each.
The biggest hit of the inning came from the bat of Jordan, who doubled for the second time in the game and plated three runs.
Kyle Johnson closed out the game in the ninth inning from the mound by retiring three-of-four batters in the inning.
Hickory returns to action Thursday on the road against Caldwell at M.S. Deal Stadium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.