Henderson County’s American Legion Post 77 baseball team rolls into the second round of the playoffs tonight red hot.
Post 77 swept Union County last weekend in the first round of the playoffs and will now play West No. 3 seed Caldwell County Post 29 (15-7) on the road at M.S. Deal Stadium at 7 p.m. Caldwell swept East No. 4 seed Pineville in the first round.
Post 77 – the West No. 7 seed - started the season 0-9, but the second half of the season has been a completely different story. Led by pitchers Jerred Davis, Taylor Noble and Mason Lyda, Post 77 is on a 10-2 tear since that winless streak.
"I think it really starts with our pitching," Post 77 coach Ryan Smith said. "Our pitching has really just showed up every night. The guys have pounded the strike zone. That’s allowed them to go deeper into every game."
And then there’s the offense. Logan Jackson is leading the way for an offense that feeds off of the pitching staff.
"Logan Jackson is on fire," Smith said. "He’s seeing it really well right now."
It’s not limited to Jackson, though.
"I think we’re a little more in rhythm on offense right now," the coach said. "Really, it’s everybody. Nobody is slumping right now."
That’s what’s helping Post 77 across the board. It’s not just multiple contributors on the mound and in the batter’s box. Everyone has bought into helping Henderson County win in any way they can, Smith said.
"Everybody is contributing in some way or another," he said. "Everybody is finding a way to help and that’s a big part of it as well. It’s a full team kind of effort."
Post 77’s success this weekend, however, will start on the mound and ricochet to other parts of Henderson County’s game.
"If you get a great performance on the mound that sets the tempo for us," Smith said. "That’s fuel for our offense. I think they’ve been working a lot off of each other."
Game 2 will be Saturday night at 7 at East Henderson, with Game 3 back at Caldwell County.