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Post 423 Back In Action, Closes Out Regular Season this week

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Kevin Carver

The last five games have come under mixed review for Rutherford County’s legion baseball club. They went 3-2 during last week’s games. Post 423 upended Hendersonville to start off the week, 12-4, then downed Burke County on the road 11-6.

In the win against Burke, Ridge Beheler took the win on the hill and Landis Jenkins came up huge in relief. Rutherford County got a bigger boost when a four-run ninth inning kept Post 423 ahead for certain and was capped off by a Derek Deaton homer.

Rutherford County then lost back-to-back home games that were hard to watch as Shelby won 13-2 and Burke County 12-2.

They closed out Sunday night with a 2-0 win over Asheville. Cam Wilkins was the difference maker, throwing a complete game shutout on the road.

Right now, Post 423 (5-3) is in the last stretch of the regular season. With all of the schedule changes this season, Rutherford County has to play eight straight games in eight straight days. They play their final home game of the season on Saturday night when Hickory comes to town for 7 p.m. start.

This week will determine their playoff seeding in which the postseason starts on Tuesday, July 3rd. Currently, they sit in fourth place of eight teams in the western division.

This past weekend, the Miami Heat wrapped up the NBA title for 2012. I admit, I had the Thunder in six games, but the Heat did it in just five. After game one, which Oklahoma City won, it was all Miami from that point. The team with the most talented showed that they were the best, but Oklahoma City was close in every game except the finale. Miami went off from three-point land and Lebron James was led an unselfish triple-double game five effort to earn a championship ring.

The previous year, Lebron and company lost to Dallas, who forced him away from the basket. Apparently, Oklahoma City forgot to take note of that particular clue this season.

NASCAR: Who would have thought that Clint Bowyer was going to win at Sonoma this past weekend? Sure, he had four career top ten finishes, but I don’t think anybody was really convinced that Bowyer could win on a road course. I thought his teammate, Martin Truex Jr. would win before Bowyer this season. Kurt Busch came back strong for a third place run and proved that even with an unsponsored car, he has showcase talent no matter what you put him in. And Tony Stewart is quietly gaining on things as summer now begins. By finishing second two weeks in a row, it won’t be long before Smoke ends up in victory lane again real soon.

Lastly, the College World Series went to Arizona, who went a perfect 5-0 in Omaha. There would be no three-peat for the South Carolina, who I projected would face Arizona in the title game.

This year, the Gamecocks ran into a team that had the pitching to match and a much better defense than South Carolina.

Florida State was the only team to score three runs on Arizona in the College World Series, doing so twice. UCLA was blanked and South Carolina came up with just one run in both games. Give it up for South Carolina though, they had went nearly three seasons without a postseason baseball loss before a 22 game streak was snapped last week against Arkansas.

As for the Forest City Owls, they sit three games ahead in the western division lead with five games to go in the first half. If they win three of those games, it doesn’t matter what anybody else from behind does, the Owls will cement postseason bid.

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