MALONE - The Norfolk Post 925 Rovers evened their record to 10-10 with a 6-4 win over Malone Post 219 at the airport field on Tuesday.
Both teams will be heading to the American Legion Baseball District 4 playoffs in Granville this weekend where the Rovers, who are coached by Terry Paige, will look to continue the momentum of a late-season surge that has seen them win four of their last five games. They open the district tournament on Friday against Granville starting at 4 p.m. The teams split a double-header at Memorial Field in Raymondville earlier this summer.
In the win over Malone, the Rovers took early control with a four-run outburst in the second and led 5-0 after four at-bats before turning back a gradual comeback.
Five pitchers combined to limit Malone to just two hits. Working the hill for the Rovers in the order they appeared were Rory Corcoran (2IP 1K, 2BB), Tyler Haas (2IP, 2K, 1BB, 1ER), Cody Smith (1IP, 2K, 0ER), Ben Miller (1IP, 2K) and Jordan LaShomb (1IP, 2H, 1W). Malone used a trio of pitchers as Jacob St. Mary went the first two innings in taking the loss while Brandon Welch (2IP) and Jared Moody (3IP) came on in relief.
Connor Paquin keyed the decisive four-run rally with a two-run single and later scored a run to highlight the Norfolk offense. Isaiah Dillabough had two hits and scored a run while David Phillips singled and came around to score a pair of runs. Miller singled and scored once. Smith had the other hit while Patrick Manning recorded the other run scored.
Zach Smith (double) and Devin Monnette (single) connected for the Malone hits and each came around to score a solo run.
The other team competing at the double-elimination tournament this weekend in Granville is the Clinton County Mariners. If the Rovers win on Friday, they play at 1 p.m. on Saturday. If they lose, they return to the field at 10 a.m.