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FUQUAY-VARINA — The Wilson Post 13 American Legion baseball team posted a 11-7 advantage in hits Sunday afternoon, but stranded 13 base runners in opening its 2019 season with a 2-1 loss to the host Fuquay-Varina Post 116 Nationals of the Area I West Division.
Post 116 snapped a 1-1 tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and relief pitching kept Wilson scoreless the last two innings despite allowing three hits and a walk.
Both teams plated a run in the fifth. Post 13 struck when Jackson Terry drove in Dom Gaetano.
Mason Lee paced the Wilson offense of head coach Noah Edens with a 3-for-4 showing. Gaetano and Tanner Sullivan each collected two hits for Wilson.
Right-hander Alexander Ortiz, the third Wilson pitcher, took the loss. Right-hander Trevor Mills started and worked three scoreless innings. Matt Raynor, a right-hander, allowed one run in a two-inning stint.
Dominick Decole hurled the first five innings for Post 116.
Post 13 opens Area I East play Tuesday at Farmville Central against Farmville Post 151.
Score by innings:
Wilson 000 010 0 — 1
Fuquay-Varina 000 011 x — 2
LP-Alexander Ortiz 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Wilson Post 13: Mason Lee 3-4, Dom Gaetano 2-3, R; Tanner Sullivan 2-4, Jackson Terry 1-2, RBI.