Post 34 beats Hattiesburg


Tuscaloosa Post 34’s Colton Tant, left, and Landen Davis go after a groundball in a 6-3 defeat of Hattiesburg, Miss. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter | Tuscaloosa News)


TUSCALOOSA | The Tuscaloosa Post 34 baseball team defeated Hattiesburg, Miss., Post 24 6-3 on Saturday in the Killian Windham Invitational Tournament at Tuscaloosa Academy.

Landen Davis from Sipsey Valley High School pitched a complete game for Post 34, and Hattiesburg made two pitching changes. Davis allowed four hits — two home runs — and struck out two batters. 

“I had to get into the game and get a feel for it,” Davis said. “After about the third inning I was fine. I just have to keep my head in it. I like the pressure.”

Post 34 started out the first inning fast, with half the lineup getting base hits, and kept the offense coming. Designated hitter Grant Stevens from Hale County High was 2-for-2 with an RBI and one run scored. Center fielder Parker Farley from Tuscaloosa Academy was 2-for-4 with one stolen base and one run scored. Third Baseman Kyle Andrews from Tuscaloosa Academy was 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored, and catcher Parker Barton from Hillcrest High was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a home run.

Barton’s homer came in the seventh inning when Post 34 was trailing by one. It scored Stevens, who had just hit a single.

“I knew we needed to get another run, but I was thinking about a base hit more than anything,” Barton said.

Post 34 had two errors, and Hattiesburg had none. 

Post 34 got game-saving diving catches from Farley and second baseman Brett Davis.

“Our pitcher had been doing good the whole time, and I knew we needed to put up a zero those last couple of innings,” Barton said. “We got lucky, I guess.”

Post 34 played Albany, Ga., Post 30 late Saturday night.

Post 34 plays at 10 a.m. today at Tuscaloosa Academy. If it wins, Post 34 will play in the championship game at 4 p.m.