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Post 84 pours it on at James

Runte shines, gets plenty of support as Auburn club moves to 3-0
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Troy Runte and Michael Moore are definitely looking to have a good time this summer. But their top priorities are to work at improving their baseball skills and pile up wins with the Post 84 American Legion club. So far, so good. Runte pitched seven impressive innings and got plenty of offensive support from Moore and company in a 13-3 romp over Manhart Wednesday evening at James Field. Bear River High graduate Jake Jarman had three hits, including a double during a seven-run rally in the third inning, to pace the potent Post 84 bats. Moore, a Colfax product, added two hits and two RBIs after earning MVP honors at the Sacramento Optimist All-Star game last weekend. ?We?ve got a special group,? said Moore, who played catcher for the former Bruin Runte. ?Everyone can play. We?re out here to work hard. I?m going to play at Sierra (College) next year and I want to be ready.? Runte is hoping to make the Sierra squad next season as a walk-on. The Wolverines could be getting a gem if he is able to keep the form he had Wednesday. The crafty left-hander gave up one earned run on five hits and struck out four. ?My arm got in better shape as the game went along,? said Runte. While Post 84 committed three errors, there were also some defensive gems, including a spectacular diving catch by center fielder Shane Soria in the second inning. Soria, a Forest Lake Christian graduate, also showed off his gun in the sixth inning with a strike to the plate in the sixth inning to keep a Manhart runner at third base. Trevor McGhee had a pair of hits for Post 84 and his bases-loaded walk in the seventh invoked the 10-run mercy rule. Jake Sween had a single and a double, AJ Newby had two singles and a walk, and Adam Tricomo added a pair of singles. Auburn?s American Legion team has yet to find a challenge in three games this season. Post 84 has 10-runned Roseville, Hard 90 and Manhart to start the season. ?It?s fun,? Runte said. ?I feel like we can go a long ways and we have a good coaching staff. They keep us on track.? Post 84 is back in action on Saturday, facing Roseville in Antelope. The team will return to James Field June 20 to face Fair Oaks at 5 p.m.