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  • LEGION BASEBALL: Gookins helps Herkimer beat his former post

  • JULY 2 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL



    Ryan Gookins came home to haunt his former team Monday when he helped Herkimer Post 38 defeat Ilion Post 920 4-2 at Diss memorial Field.



    Gookins, a starter on Ilion High School’s varsity squad who played for Post 920 the past two summers, drove in two runs Monday to help Herkimer Post grab a victory on the road.

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  • HERKIMER POST 4, ILION POST 2
    Ryan Gookins came home to haunt his former team Monday when he helped Herkimer Post 38 defeat Ilion Post 920 4-2 at Diss memorial Field.
    Gookins, a starter on Ilion High School’s varsity squad who played for Post 920 the past two summers, drove in two runs Monday to help Herkimer Post grab a victory on the road. Playing for the first time since injuring a foot against Little Falls Post 31 last week, he singled home one run in the first inning and another in the third on a night when the two teams combined for seven hits.
    Josh Sternberg pitched a complete game three-hitter with six strikeouts for Herkimer Post and earned the win against Dan Colburn who allowed only four hits.
    Paul Joyce led off the game with a single for Herkimer Post and Mike Sternberg drew a walk. The first run of the game scored on an error on a ball hit by Wes Wright before Gookins delivered his first RBI.
    Herkimer Post led 2-1 entering the third inning when Joyce drew a leadoff walk. Gookins drove Joyce home with a two-out single and later scored when Frank Dufford’s pop fly was dropped for an error in right field.
    Ilion Post scored single runs in the first and fifth innings. Travis Murray singled, stole second base and scored on Xavier Schafer’s ground ball in the first inning. Tim Nicolette walked, stole a base and scored on a two-out error in the fifth.
    The hosts were hurt on the basepaths and in the field. Ilion Post committed four errors behind Colburn defensively. It also had a runner picked off third base and lost another in a rundown between second and third.
    Ryan Fahy had a single and a double among the three Ilion Post hits.
    Brandon Roberts singled for Herkimer Post.
    Herkimer Post’s next game is Monday against Roberts Post at Harmon Field. Ilion Post takes on Smith Post Friday at RFA Stadium in Rome.
    HERKIMER POST 4, ILION POST 2
    Herkimer Post    202 000 0 — 4  4  2
    Ilion Post    100 010 0 — 2  3  4
    Josh Sternberg and Mike Sternberg. Dan Colburn and Justin Kiesow. W — J.Sternberg. L — Colburn. 2B — Ilion Post, Ryan Fahy. Records — Herkimer Post 2-11, 1-8 District V; Ilion Post n/a, 4-4 District V.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports
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