Potomac Valley manager Kevin Reed says that this year's version of Post 64 is by far the best team he's had since starting the team eight years ago.
And his squad proved that point on Thursday by opening the Hillbilly Hardball Classic with a pair of wins.
Potomac Valley knocked off South Charleston 7-4 in its opener of the tournament and ended the day with a 13-0 rout of Bellefonte, Pa.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley
Potomac Valley’s Jamie Miller delivers a pitch Thursday in Post 64’s 7-4 victory over Post 94 at Robin Harvey Memorial Field. Potomac Valley captured two victories on the opening day of the tourney. Miller notched the win in the contest, pitching seven innings of four-hit baseball. More photos are available at cu.theintermountain.com.
"We played pretty well today, but you have to do that for three or four days in this tournament to be successful," Reed said. "We're real happy to come away with two wins on the opening day, though. Anytime you can beat a good South Charleston team its a nice accomplishment."
Post 64 went to their ace hurler, Jamie Miller, against South Charleston and he responded with a solid outing.
Miller allowed just four hits in a complete-game effort to help propel Potomac Valley to the victory.
Miller, who was named captain of the Class AAA All-State team this week, struck out 11 batters, but was plagued by 10 walks in the contest.
"Jamie didn't have his best stuff today, but he made quality pitches when he needed to," Reed said. "He just didn't have the control he usually has. But he's a winner and I'd put him up against anybody."
Ryan Colaw, Trevor Harman and Justin Smith had two hits each to lead Potomac Valley at the plate.
Jared Jobst took the loss for South Charleston in 3 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed seven runs on eight hits.
Ryan Ramsey had double and scored run for Post 94.
Potomac Valley had going at both the plate and on the mound in its second contest.
Tanner Sherman had three-run double to lead Post 64's offense in the shutout win. Miller and Logan Mongold added two hits each.
Brian George earned the win for Potomac Valley in three innings of work.
"We had good pitching and hit the ball pretty well in both games today," Reed said. "Hopefully we can keep it going on Friday."
Potomac Valley will face Grantsville (Md.) at 11:30 a.m. today and Wheeling at 2 p.m. Both games will be at Robin Harvey Memorial Field.