Fox Post-2 falls to Post-1 in American Legion state tournament

Fox Post-2 is still alive in the American Legion state baseball tournament, but its road to the title became more difficult on Wednesday.

Fox Post-2 suffered its first loss of the double-elimination tournament. The Dover-area squad fell 10-4 in the winners’ bracket final to top seed Delaware Post-1.

There are four teams remaining in the tournament after Wednesday. Fox Post-2, the second seed, plays the Newark-area Post-10 Generals today at 9 a.m. at Wilmington University’s Wilson Field in an elimination game.

Delaware Post-1 is the only unbeaten team left in the tournament. The Hockessin-based squad will play Stahl Post-30 today at 1 p.m.

If Delaware Post-1 wins it would only need to win once more for the title while the winner of the Fox Post-2 vs. Post-10 Generals matchup will need to beat Delaware Post-1 twice on Friday for the championship.

Fox Post 2 catcher Joey Wunch takes a throw from the outfield but was unable to tag Luke Wilhelm before he scored in the 2nd inning Wednesday. The play put Post 1 up 1-0. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

If Delaware Post-1 loses then Stahl Post-30 (New Castle) will face the winner of Fox Post-2 and Post-10 Generals early on Friday for the right to play Delaware Post-1 in the championship game on Friday afternoon.

Delaware Post-1 pulled away from Fox Post-2 on Wednesday by scoring a combined eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Fox Post 2 pitcher Dom Velazquez focuses on the strike zone during pitch against Fox Post 1.

The contest was tied 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth when Delaware Post-1 went ahead on Brian Gilardi’s RBI-single. Fox Post-2 had its chances to tie the game at 2-2, putting two men on base with one out in each the fifth and sixth innings, but flew out both times to end the inning.

Delaware Post-1 then put up five runs in the bottom of the sixth highlighted by a three-run home run to center by Mike Serafin.

Fox Post-2 cut the lead to 7-4 with three runs in the seventh but Delaware Post-1 answered right back with three of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

Tommy Pomatto went 2-for-3 with a walk to pace the Fox Post-2 offense while Joey Wunsch also had a pair of hits. Miguel Rivera and Trey Howard each had RBI singles on the day while Avery Tunnell recorded a sacrifice fly for a RBI.

Cam Turner and John Campiglia both doubled for Fox Post-2. Turner scored once and so did Brent Buckson who reached base twice.

Tommy Pomato of DoverÕs Fox Post 2 connects for a line-drive single in game played Wednesday against Fox Post 1.

Dom Velazquez had a 2-for-5 day at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base. He also started and pitched the first five innings for Fox Post-2, only allowing two runs.

Gilardi and Serafin led Delaware Post-1 with three RBI apiece.

In the two other games contested on Wednesday, the Post-10 Generals defeated Smyrna Post-14 11-10 in 10 innings and Stahl Post-30 downed Nanticoke Post-6 9-1.

Both Smyrna Post-14 and Nanticoke Post-6 (Sussex County) were knocked out of the tournament due to their second loss and both finished the tournament with a 1-2 record. It was the first year for Smyrna Post-14 in American Legion.

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