CAMDEN, N.J. - Riley Metz was 2-for-3 with an RBI double then closed out the final 1 1/3 innings to get the save for South Charleston Post 94 on Thursday, as the team downed Gibbsboro, N.J., 4-3 in the opening round of the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament.
Metz, who also scored a run, took over in relief of starter and winning pitcher Jarod Jobst with two outs in the eighth, and fought to hold on to a 4-0 lead in the ninth. A throwing error and a wild pitch by the former Hurricane High School standout enabled Gibbsboro - the New Jersey state champion - to pull within a run of the lead before Metz nailed down the win by retiring pinch-hitter Alex Bussison.
Stephen Priolo Jr. took the loss for Gibbsboro, throwing a complete game and striking out nine while giving up just two earned runs.
Josh Bumgarner had a two-run single in the eighth inning to help Post 94 pad its lead to 4-0. Brandon Wright was 2-for-4 in the win and stole a base.
Post 94 returns to action at 4 p.m. on Friday, when it faces New Castle, Del. The team will then play at either noon or 7 p.m. on Saturday, depending on the outcome of Friday's action.