Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Aparicio grand slam sends Pitt County packing

Jay Aparicio
Ever since Jay Aparicio moved into Rocky Mount Post 58's starting lineup, he's been getting extra-base hits.

Tuesday evening, he went even deeper.

Aparicio slammed a walk-off grand slam to left off reliever Brock Rouse to send Pitt County Post 39 back down N.C. 43 with a 10-0 loss.

It was the climax to a seven-run seventh inning that gave Post 58 a 10-run rule victory.

While Aparicio was guiding the offense, Rocky Mount's pitching was sublime. Post 58 starter Jeremy Sloop had his best outing of the season in throwing a three-hit shutout.

Jeremy Sloop
Sloop (1-0) walked one battler, hit one batter and struck out five. In getting his first win of the season, he even worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning. 

How impressive has Aparicio been this season? 

He's only played in 11 of Post 58's 23 games, yet he leads the team in RBI with 20. He is also the team leader with a .452 batting average. Tuesday evening he was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI.

Andy Morris, who was just added to the lineup, was 1-for-3 with three RBI. Khalil Macklin was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

ADDITIONAL GAMES -  With the loss of two games on its schedule this week, two more games have been added to Post 58's schedule to round out the regular season.

Post 58 will travel to Apex High School Saturday (7 p.m.) to face Area I West member Apex Post 124. Apex will come to Rocky Mount Monday at 7 p.m.

Rocky Mount Post 58 10
Pitt County Post 39 0

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Jeremy Sloop (1-0, 7IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 1HB, 5K)
LP: Damien Jenkins (5IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 3HB, 6K)
Leading hitters: Post 39 - Thomas Conlon 1-1, Walker Gaddis 1-3, Gary Dixon 1-3.

Post 58 - Jay Aparicio 2-4, 2B, grand slam HR, 4 RBI, 2R; Khalil Macklin 3-4, 2B, 2R; Jeremy Lucas 2-3, 2R; Andy Morris 1-2, 3 RBI, R; Kyle Pratt 1-3, 2 RBI, R

Records: Pitt County Post 39 11-5, Rocky Mount Post 58 18-5.

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