CHERRYVILLEâ€”Post 100 picked the right time to clean up its act on defense.
After averaging five errors through its first 14 games, Cherryville played flawless baseball Monday night in a 4-3 win over Newell at Fraley Field.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was rained out and rescheduled for June 28 at Cherryville.
Right-hander Steven Justice was the beneficiary of his teamâ€™s dramatic defensive turnaround. With the defense making plays behind him, Justice managed to go the distance despite giving up 11 hits.
In running his season record to 3-1, Justice struck out five and did not walk a batter in the seven-inning contest.
Justice himself made a big play on defense in the seventh when he knocked down Ryan Sanseveroâ€™s grounder back the mound and recovered in time to make a throw to first base for the putout.
That play became important when B.T. Long hit a two-out single to put the potential tying run on base with Cherryville clinging to a 4-3 lead.
However, center fielder Daniel Schronce capped off the solid defensive effort by running down Marc Nicholsonâ€™s drive to the fence for the game-ending out.
Ironically, in a game that was well played by both teams, the lone error led to the winning run.
Pinch-runner Dylan Anthony scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out, bases-loaded error by Newell shortstop Sansevero
Sansevero merely had to glove Steven Hoyleâ€™s routine grounder and throw to first to get relief pitcher Zack Farry out of the jam. But he lost control of the ball after fielding the grounder and Anthony scored easily to make it 4-3, Cherryville.
Post 100 had loaded the bases on singles by Brock Alexander and Paul Finger and a walk to Josh Day.
Newell rallied to tie the game in the top of the sixth on Drew Holtâ€™s two-RBI double into the gap in right center.
Cherryville took its first lead at 2-1 in the third on the left-handed hitting Hoyleâ€™s line drive double to the opposite field and Justin Keeverâ€™s bloop single to right. Josh Gloverâ€™s homer over the left field fence in the fourth made it 3-1.
Day, the Post 100 third baseman, made the defensive play of the game in the fifth when he hauled in Daniel Cookeâ€™s line drive, then made a two-hop throw from his knees to double up Sansevero on a close play at first base.
Both teams had 11 hits in the game. Hoyle went 2-for-4 and Day 2-for-3 to lead Post 100.
Going into the game, Newell was in sixth place in the Eastern Division of Area Four and Cherryville was seventh. Only the top eight teams in the 10-team division make the playoffs.
Cherryville (5-6, 8-7) next plays Denver tonight at home.by Mike Powell