Brian Ebert slides home as a Lake Norman player attempts to tag him out at home. Ebert, who was 4-for-5 on the night, was safe on the play.
Justin Keever worked four innings giving up six runs. However, only one of the runs he gave up was earned as Post 100 committed six errors with him on the mound. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
CATAWBA–It was another adventurous night on defense for Post 100, but this time there was enough offense and clutch relief pitching to overcome the mistakes.
Lincolnton High product Brian Ebert and Josh Day combined for eight of Cherryville`s 13 hits, and lefthander Chris Christensen struck out 10 batters and allowed just one run in five innings of relief Thursday night in a 9-7 come-from-behind win over Lake Norman.
Cherryville, which had committed 49 errors going into the Area Four-Eastern Division contest, added seven misuces to that total against the River Pirates.
But even when a dropped fly ball in the outfield brought in two unearned runs to give Lake Norman a 6-4 lead in the fourth, Post 100 refused to fold.
Cherryville tied the game in the fifth, fell behind 7-6 in the seventh, then rallied for three runs in the eighth to take the lead for good.
Ebert and Day were the catalysts in the decisive inning. Day`s line drive single to right field, his fourth hit of the game, brought home Justin Keever with the tying run.
Josh Glover then scored the go-ahead run on pinch hitter Daniel Schronce`s groundout to shortstop.
Ebert, who was introduced by P.A. announcer Jeff Hoyle as Brian “Lightning” Ebert, lived up to the nickname. He used his speed to beat out a slow roller down the first base line, and the two-out infield hit brought in an insurance run for a 9-7 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Lake Norman got the potential tying run to the plate after Christensen walked lead-off batter Tyler Boyles. But that`s as far as the rally got. Christensen struck out Jordan Skinner on a wicked breaking ball that may have been his best pitch of the game.
The Post 100 lefty also had enough left to fan Jason Bolick and pinch hitter Danny O`Brien to close out the game.
Christensen, who relieved starter Justin Keever in the fifth, limited Lake Norman to one run on three hits over five innings.
Keever could have sued his teammates for non-support during his four-inning mound stint. Cherryville made six errors during that stretch, and only one of the six runs charged to Keever was earned.
Meanwhile, on a night when the top of the Post 100 batting order collectively produced one hit, the bottom of the lineup carried the offense. Day had four singles in six at-bats, scored twice and drove in a run.
Ebert, batting .380 (8-for-21) going into the game, went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
John Hass had two doubles in four at-bats for Lake Norman, which lost its third straight to drop to 7-5 in the division and 9-7 overall.
Cherryville, which has another tough road game Sunday at Gastonia, improved to 4-5 in divisional play and 7-6 overall.