Designated hitter Tim Grant more than made up for a mental error early in the game, hitting two home runs for Springfield Post 176 in a 13-6 win over Reston/Herndon Post 184 last night at South Lakes High School in Reston.
Grant laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the top of the first inning with Mike Gallagher breaking toward home. Unfortunately, there were two outs and Grant had misunderstood the sign that Manager Al Vaxmonsky gave him from the third base box. Vaxmonsky made sure Grant realized his error when he returned to the dugout.
"I'd rather be in the game than hear what he was saying to me," said Grant, who played for Lee High School last spring and will play at Lynchburg College next year. "But it was my fault that I missed the sign, and I knew I had to make up for it."
Grant's first home run, a towering two-run shot to right-center field in the fifth inning off starter Nate Larkin (3-5), gave Springfield a 7-5 lead. Grant hit his second opposite-field homer in the top of the ninth with Springfield (14-7) already well in control. It was his first career two-homer game.
With the logjam at the top of the District 17 standings, last night's game might have guaranteed a playoff berth for Springfield Post 176, which is now in second.
Springfield Post 176 (14-7) 103 030 033 -- 13 Reston/Herndon Post (13-7) 120 210 000 -- 6
S: McCants and Borchers. H: Larkin, Korfonta (9) and Rodis and Grawey (6). HR: S-Grant (fifth, one on; ninth, none on), Jewell (eighth, none on).
CAPTION: Mike Tedrer chases down Springfield's Jeff Lizama but Reston/Herndon can't catch Post 176 in a 13-6 loss.