CHERRYVILLEâ€”As the sole returning starter from Cherryville American Legion Post 100`s 2003 national runner-up team, Brock Alexander has the role of leader thrust upon him this summer
So far, Alexander is doing the job quite nicely.
In Saturday`s season opener at Fraley Field, the Post 100 third baseman collected four hits in five at-bats in Cherryville`s 9-6 victory over Burke County.
One of the newcomers to the team also provided offensive punch. Steven Hoyle, who just completed his sophomore year at Cherrryville High School, hit a two-run home run to help fuel the 13-hit attack.
Cherryville`s pitching was done by committee as coach Bobby Reynolds got a look at several hurlers. Wayne McDonald of Burns worked the first three innings before yielding to Zac Koehler of West Lincoln. Dustin Weaver of Lincolnton also had a stint on the mound.
Both coaches substituted freely in the contest. Cherryville carried a roster of 28 players in the opener, and Reynolds worked 21 of them into the game.
The lack of practice time showed as Burke and Cherryville combined to commit eight errors, six by Post 100.
Burke County 4, Cherryville 3â€”
In the rematch at Morganton`s Shuey Field, Burke scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie. Chris Christensen, who starred for Cherryville High this spring, gave up the game-winning hit and absorbed the loss.
Lincolnton High product Justin Keever had two doubles in three at-bats to lead Post 100 at the plate. Keever played last year for Denver Post 455, but became eligible to play for Cherryville after a change in residence.
Following up on his performance in the opener, Alexander went 1-for-2 with two RBI. Dylan Anthony of West Lincoln contributed two hits.
“I think we are going to be okay,” said Post 100 assistant coach A.J. Henley. “We have been pleased so far. We played 25 kids and they played 11, so we were fortunate to keep it close.
“We just need to get settled in and get all the beach trips out of the way,” Henley said.
Post 100 notes: Tuesday`s game at Newell has been postponed until a later date due to a scheduling conflict. … The Cherryville Post 100 B team is off to a 3-1 start on the season. … Reynolds will continue to split time between the Legion team and his high school team at East Rutherford. The Cavaliers are still alive in the 2A playoffs and meet West Caldwell Tuesday in the third round.
This week`s Post 100 schedule
Tuesday at Newell, postponed
Thursday at Asheboro
Friday at Huntersville
Saturday at home vs. Hickory
Sunday at home vs. the Gaston Bravesby Mike Powell