July 14, 2012 - On a day when Hamilton Post 31 celebrated its past by honoring the 1987 state-championship team with a 25th anniversary celebration, the current team clinched a state-tournament berth after being awarded a forfeit when Princeton Post 218 was unable to field enough players.
July 12, 2012 - Hamilton Post 31 rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat Hopewell Post 339, 4-3, at Rich Giallella Field to earn its seventh straight victory.
Hamilton trailed 3-0 entering the home half of the fifth, but Brock Podgurski drew a bases-loaded walk to cut the margin to two runs. In the sixth inning, James Locklear reached on a basehit bunt and came around to score, then Ryan Scholey and Ben Podgurski were credited with the game-tying and game-winning RBIs, respectively.
Chris Geraci pitched his second consecutive complete game, allowing just five hits and striking out four in improving his record to 3-2.
July 10, 2012 - Brock Podgurski had three hits, two RBIs and scored three runs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Broad St. Park Post 313, 12-1, at Nottingham High.
Podgurski was 3-for-3 with a double, triple and a walk in helping to lead Hamilton to its sixth consecutive victory. Carston Raab had three hits and three RBIs in his first game back after missing nine games with an injury, while Eddie Ashley and P.J. Wiegartner drove in two runs each. Wiegartner also had three hits, including two doubles.
Matt Moticha earned the win, striking out eight batters in five innings.
July 9, 2012 - Craig Buczynski threw a one-hitter, and James Locklear and P.J. Wiegartner had two RBIs each as Hamilton Post 31 defeated North Hamilton, 12-0, at Trenton Catholic Academy.
The only hit Buczynski allowed was a one-out single in the fifth inning as he improved to 3-1. Locklear was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a walk, while Eddie Ashley reached base all four times he came to the plate and scored three runs.
The victory was the 700th for Rick Freeman as manager of Post 31. His first victory came on June 9, 1985, a 2-1 decision over Hightstown Post 148. Now in his 27th season as Hamilton's skipper, Freeman's teams have a record of 700 wins and 208 losses, a winning percentage of .771, the highest of any manager in MCALL history.
July 8, 2012 - Hamilton Post 31 rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Haddon Heights Post 149, 6-5, in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Classic in Binghamton, N.Y.
Trailing 5-3 entering the home half of the final inning, Hamilton's frame began with singles by Ryan Scholey and Mike Manfredi. After a sacrifice bunt by Ben Podgurski, Brock Podgurski drew a walk and Eddie Ashley's two-run single tied the game. James Locklear was intentionally walked to load the bases, then P.J. Wiegartner grounded to short and beat the double-play relay to give Post 31 the championship.
Ashley was named the MVP of the tournament, batting .500 with four doubles and 10 RBIs. He received an MVP plaque as well as a $500 scholarship. It was Hamilton's first title in 10 tries in the annual event held in upstate New York. Previously, Post 31 had reached the semifinal round six times and finished as runners-up twice.
July 8, 2012 - Brian Watkinson threw a complete-game three-hitter as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Utica (N.Y.) Post 229, 11-2, in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic in Binghamton, N.Y.
Watkinson struck out two and issued only one walk as Post 31 improved to 5-1 in the annual tournament in upstate New York.
Brock Podgurski had three hits and two RBIs, while James Locklear also had three hits and stole five bases. Locklear and Eddie Ashley also drove in two runs apiece.
July 7, 2012 - Brock Podgurski led off the game with a home run, Casey Plunkett drove in three runs, and Eddie Ashley and P.J. Wiegartner had three hits apiece as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Adrean (N.Y.) Post 625, 9-3, in the Hall of Fame Classic in Binghamton, N.Y.
Ashley and Wiegartner also had two RBIs each as Hamilton advanced to the semifinal round of the tournament.
Nick LaBelle worked six innings to gain his first victory of the season. He scattered seven hits while striking out six.
July 6, 2012 - Chris Geraci allowed just two hits in throwing his first complete game of the season as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Severna Park (Md.) Post 175, 9-1, in the Hall of Fame Classic in Binghamton, N.Y. The victory advances Hamilton to the semifinal round on Sunday.
Geraci was touched for an unearned run in the second but was otherwise in control in earning his secord win in four decisions.
Eddie Ashley continued his torrid hitting, going 4-for-4 and driving in three runs. P.J. Wiegartner and John Mastrangelo both knocked in two runs.
July 5, 2012 - P.J. Wiegartner had five RBIs, including a two-out, sixth-inning grand slam which tied thye score, but Hamilton Post 31 fell to Binghamton (N.Y.) Post 1645, 12-11, in a wild game in the Hall of Fame Classic in Binghamton, N.Y.
Post 31 trailed by six runs entering the bottom of the sixth, but an RBI triple by Eddie Ashley and a sacrifice fly by James Locklear narrowed the margin. Four batters later, Wiegartner unloaded to tie the score.
Binghamton scored on a two-out single in the top of the seventh, and Hamilton got a runner to second in the bottom half but failed to score.
July 5, 2012 - John Mastrangelo threw a three-hitter, striking out five, as Hamilton Post 31 overcame an early deficit to defeat Shrub Oak (N.Y.) Post 1080, 13-3, in the Hall of Fame Classic in Binghamton, N.Y.
Mastrangelo gave up three unearned runs in the first inning, then allowed just two baserunners the rest of the way in earning his first victory of the season..
Mike Manfredi drove in three runs, including a two-run double that tied the game in the bottom of the first. Ryan Scholey and P.J. Wiegartner both had two RBIs, while Eddie Ashley stole two bases and scored four runs.
July 4, 2012 - Casey Plunkett drove in four runs and Ryan Scholey knocked in three as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Oneonta (N.Y.) Post 259, 11-0, in the opening game of the Hall of Fame Classic in Binghamton, N.Y.
Scholey drove in Hamilton's first run in a three-run first inning, and that was followed by a run-scoring double off the bat of John Mastrangelo. Plunkett had an RBI on a single in the fourth, a sacrifice fly in the sixth and a two-run double to cap the scoring in the seventh.
Craig Buczynski gave up eight hits in six innings of work to defeat the defending New York state champions. Buczynski struck out only one but did not walk a batter.
July 2, 2012 - Ryan Scholey drove in five runs to back the three-hit pitching of Matt Moticha as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Lawrence Post 414, 13-2, at Eggerts Crossing Field.
Scholey had a pair of RBIs in the third inning to stake Post 31 to a 3-0 lead, then his next three RBIs over the next two innings helped Hamilton break the game open. Leading 3-2 after three, Post 31 scored six runs in the fourth inning and four in the fifth to win going away.
Moticha overcame some early struggles to earn his second victory of the season. Eddie Ashley stole three bases for an aggressive Hamilton team which pilfered eight bases in the game.
June 30, 2012 - Matt Backlund pitched three innings of relief to earn the win as Hamilton Post 31 defeated West Windsor-Plainsboro, 4-3, at Rich Giallella Field to end a two-game losing streak.
Backlund replaced Carston Raab, who pulled a hamstring after singling in the bottom of the fourth, and struck out three batters in recording his first Legion victory in nearly two years.
Brock Podgurski led the Hamilton offense by hitting a two-run double during a four-run fourth inning.
June 29, 2012 - Hamilton Post 31 lost to Hightstown Post 148, 4-1, at Mercer County Park.
It is the first time in Rick Freeman's 27 years as manager that Post 31 lost to a team that entered the game more than two games under .500.
June 28, 2012 - Hamilton pitchers issued nine walks and the defense was responsible for five unearned runs as Post 31 lost to Allentown, 7-6, at Mercer County Park.
Hamilton led 2-1 with two outs in the fifth before two walks, a hit and an error led to five runs. Ryan Scholey drove in two runs for Post 31. Hamilton rallied to pull within a run in the seventh inning, but the potential tying run was cut down at the plate for the game's final out.
June 26, 2012 - Carston Raab pitched the 14th no-hitter in Hamilton history as Post 31 blanked Trenton Post 93, 17-0, at Wetzel Field.
The first two batters Raab faced reached base via hit by pitch and walk; he then retired the next 13 batters before hitting another. Raab struck out six in his historic performance.
Eddie Ashley, James Locklear and Adam Koval each had three hits and four RBIs for Hamilton, while Koval and P.J. Wiegartner scored three runs apiece.
June 21, 2012 - Hamilton Post 31 was defeated by Ewing Post 314, 3-0, in eight innings at Rich Giallella Field.
Matt Moticha struck out six batters in 5.1 innings, but did not factor in the decision.
June 20, 2012 - James Locklear homered, and Casey Plunkett and Carston Raab had two RBIs apiece as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Princeton Post 218, 11-1, at Smoyer Park.
Locklear's homer to lead off the third inning broke a 1-1 tie and from there Hamilton took control of the game. Post 31 scored three times in the third, five in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.
Ben Podgurski and P.J. Wiegartner had two hits apiece, and the Post 31 lineup worked two Princeton pitchers for 11 walks. Raab struck out six batters in four innings of work to improve to 3-0.
June 17, 2012 - Craig Buczynski allowed only two hits in earning his first career shutout as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Broad St. Park Post 313, 10-0, at Rich Giallella Field.
Buczynski's pitching steadied a shaky Post 31 defense, which committed an uncharacteristic three errors, as he worked out of error-induced jams in the third and fourth innings.
Carston Raab had three RBIs and John Mastrangelo added two for Hamilton, while Brock Podgurski scored three runs. Hamilton belted six doubles, including two by Raab.
June 16, 2012 - Hamilton Post was defeated by Bordentown Post 26, 8-4, at Gilder Field.
Lyle Meister and Carston Raab had RBIs for Hamilton. Starting pitcher Chris Geraci recorded only four outs in losing his first game of the season.
June 15, 2012 - Carston Raab went 4-for-4, and Lyle Meister and John Mastrangelo both drove in three runs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Lawrence Post 414, 11-1, at Rich Giallella Field.
Raab drove in Post 31's first run of the game in the first inning, then his third-inning single gave Hamilton the lead for good. Meister and Mike Manfredi had the other RBIs in Hamilton's three-run third, and Meister had an RBI and Mastrangelo drove in two runs in Hamilton's five-run fourth. Meister and Mastrangelo had the RBIs in Post 31's two-run fifth.
Matt Moticha went five innings, allowing just three hits and an unearned run, to garner his first victory of the season.
June 13, 2012 - Carston Raab struck out eight batters over six innings, Ben Podgurski scored three runs and Casey Plunkett had a clutch two-out single as Hamilton Post 31 defeated North Hamilton, 10-3, at Rich Giallella Field to snap a two-game losing streak.
Hamilton fell behind 2-0 but Raab was able to keep the game in order until the offense got untracked, scoring single runs in the second and third innings to knot the score. Podgurski led off the bottom of the fifth with a double and came around to score the go-ahead run. Plunkett later delivered his two-run single to expand the lead and Mike Manfredi added another RBI hit. Post 31 put the game away by scoring four more times in the sixth, highlighted by Brock Podgurski's two-run triple.
Raab allowed just six hits in earning his second win of the season in as many decisions. He pitched out of a one-out jam in the third, stranding runners at second and third by striking out the last two hitters of the inning.
June 10, 2012 - Hamilton Post 31's "lost weekend" continued in a 12-4 loss to Hopewell Post 339 at Rich Giallella Field.
In losing its second straight game, Hamilton jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 4-1 before Hopewell scored 11 runs in the fifth inning. Carston Raab had two RBIs for Hamilton.
June 9, 2012 - Hamilton Post 31 lost its first game of the season, falling to West Windsor-Plainsboro, 11-4, at West Windsor-Plainsboro South High.
Post 31 jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning as Adam Koval had a two-run single, but failed to make the lead stand up as WW-P scored 11 unanswered runs over the next three innings.
June 7, 2012 - Carston Raab threw a three-hitter, striking out four, as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Hightstown Post 148 at Rich Giallella Field..
Raab allowed the first two hitters in the fourth inning to reach base, then induced a double-play ball and ended up retiring 11 of the final 12 batters. John Mastrangelo drove in two runs, while Ryan Scholey scored three runs and Raab scored twice.
With the win, Hamilton improves to 3-0 on the season.
June 6, 2012 - Brock Podgurski homered and drove in five runs, and Casey Plunkett went 3-for-3 with two RBIs as Hamilton Post 31 defeated Trenton Post 93, 15-0, at Rich Giallella Field.
James Locklear and Eddie Ashley scored three runs apiece, while John Mastrangelo and Ryan Scholey each had two RBIs as Hamilton won its second straight game to start the season.
Kyle Rousseau and Craig Buczynski combined for the shutout. Rousseau tossed four innings, striking out two while throwing only 35 pitches. Buczynski finished the game with a scoreless inning of relief.
June 5, 2012 - Adam Koval led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run to lead Hamilton Post 31 to a 4-3 victory over Allentown at Rich Giallella Field in the season opener for both clubs.
Koval blasted a 2-2 pitch over the left-field wall as Post 31 won for the third straight year on Opening Day and for the 11th time in the last 13. James Locklear had two hits, including a double, scored twice and stole three bases. Carston Raab added hits and an RBI, while Brock Podgurski's RBI groundout tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning.
Chris Geraci earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief of starter Matt Moticha, who struck out five and walked only one in five innings of work.