Big Island Post 217: Sweet and sour

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Islanders get huge win, absorb tough loss

By Mike Forster


For a team with a lot of LCA guys on it, Big Island Post 217 didn't show a lot of love to the crew from Christiansburg.

Big Island got its American Legion season off to a roar.  That roaring noise came from the bats of the 217ers.  Four homers were smacked, as Quentin Palmer (twice), Cameron Byrd and Hunter Johnson each tapped a tater.

Keyton Elliot had a pair of doubles and single, while Gavin Porpora had a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs.

Tre Allison threw five and two-thirds superb innings, striking out seven, while allowing but eight baserunners.  Josh Padgett relieved, shutting down Christiansburg the rest of the way.

In the end, the Islander s registered their first completed game of the season, walloping the Burghers, 17-3 in a game called at seven innings due to the slaughter rule.

That was OK with everyone, because as the final out was called, the heavens opened up providing another reason to call this one short of the regulation nine stanzas.

By the way, it seems the Big Island crew might be better nicknamed as the Rainmakers, the Cloudbursts or Thor's Hammers.  In its season opener, Big Island went a mere two innings before lightning (and all of its accompanying merriment) sent Rocky Mount Post 6 heading back to Franklin County.

Even during Monday night's game at Lynchburg Post 16 (played at Brookville), the skies were threatening throughout the contest.

But it was the Islanders' miscues and Lynchburg's exploitation of same which spelled the difference in the 6-3 Lynchburg win.

"We didn't play our best game," said Big Island Manager Kelley Russell.  "They capitalized on our mistakes."

Russell seemed particularly concerned about the 10 baserunners who were left stranded over the course of the evening.

Additionally, the Islanders committed three costly errors.  To wit:  Starting pitcher Stephen Hueber gave up five runs in his six and a third innings of work.  But only three of those were earned as he yielded but six hits.

Sidearm specialist Nelson Carroll wrapped up the game on the mound for Big Island.

"We just have to make the plays and take advantage of our opportunities," said Russell.  "We're still putting things together."

The team seemed to put things together in the ninth inning, scoring a pair of runs on doubles by Zach Coleman and Palmer.  

But, it was a case of too little, too late to overcome the large deficit.