Similar to last season, Williamsburg Post 39 ended its postseason with an extra innings loss in the state tournament, falling Rocky Mount Post 6 by a final of 4-2 at Riverbend High School on Thursday.
“The problem was we never got ahead,” Williamsburg assistant manager Roscoe Bierbrauer said. “They drove from four hours away, and talking to the coach and players, they wanted to go home. All we needed to do was get up on them, but we never did it.”
Rocky Mount got on the board first in the top of the third inning after Jacob Davis, who finished the game 2-of-5 from the plate, doubled to left field. An errant throw by Williamsburg left fielder Christopher Jones allowed Davis to cross home for the game’s first run.
Williamsburg answered back in the bottom of the third thanks to sloppy play from Rocky Mount. Roger Romero reached on a fielding error by Rocky Mount shortstop Ryan Brewer. A sacrifice squeeze and groundout moved Romero to third base where he eventually scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 1-1.
A potential scoring threat by Rocky Mount was thwarted by Williamsburg in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Rocky Mount reeled off three consecutive hits to load the bases.
Lucas Rice, who threw 9.2 innings for Williamsburg in the loss, got out of the jam, forcing a fly out and ground out to close the inning.
Rocky Mount retook the lead in the top of the fifth after drawing a walk, which was followed immediately by a hit by pitch. On the next at-bat, Hunter Barbour delivered a long double to center field, bringing home the go-ahead run.
Romero countered for Williamsburg again in the bottom of the fifth, reaching base off a single to center field. He reached second and third base on wild pitches later in the inning before stealing home as Christopher Jones took second base.
Williamsburg had a chance to take its first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh as Matt Lansford and Luke Patterson each singled with one out. Romero could not repeat his heroics, lining out into a double play to end the inning.
With neither team able to break through, the game went into extra innings where Rocky Mount surged ahead for good.
With a man on first and one out, Brice Arrington stepped to the plate and delivered a big single to center field. A speedy Davis was able to find home plate before the throw from the outfield reached the catcher, putting Rocky Mount up 3-2.
Hunter Barbour followed the play by smacking an RBI double to center field to bring home the final run of the game.
The loss ends Williamsburg’s season with a 14-5 record and the desire to capture the club’s first state championship.
“You’re always sad to see it end. The guys were obviously down. They expected more out of the whole week,” Bierbrauer said. “As coaches going up, we didn’t know what to expect. Once we got up there and saw the level of competition, we knew we could play with these guys. Once they saw that, their attitude kind of changed. They expected to win today. We all did.”
Rocky Mount Post 6: 001;010;000;2 – 4 10 1
Williamsburg Post 39: 001;010;000;0 – 2 5 2
WP: Nick Robertson
LP: Lucas Rice
Rocky Mount: Hunter Barbour (3-5, 2 RBIs), Jacob Davis (2-5, 2 R)
Williamsburg: Roger Romero (2-4, 2 R), Zach Calloway (1-4)