CHERRYVILLEâ€”Not even a change of venue could help Cherryville solve Gastonia pitcher Wes McCall.
Thursdayâ€™s Area Four Eastern Division game was moved to Cherryvilleâ€™s Fraley Field after a rain delay at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia.
The game finally got underway close to 9 p.m., but Post 100 did not benefit from the home field advantage.
Just as he did on June 6 in the same ballpark, McCall shut down the Cherryville offense in a 9-0 Gastonia victory.
The former Ashbrook star struck out 16 batters and limited Cherryville (5-7, 8-8) to two hits over nine innings.
After giving up a hit to Steven Hoyle in the second inning, McCall held Post 100 hitless until the eighth inning.
Post 100 left only three runners on base all night.
Meanwhile, McCall got all the offensive support he would need from Justin Frady, who went 3-for-3 with two home runs, a double and four RBI.
Sammy Asis, Tyler Leach and McCall added two hits each for Post 23, and McCall helped his own cause by driving in two runs.
Cherryville starting pitcher Chris Christensen was battling McCall on near even terms until the fatal sixth inning, when Post 23 struck for six runs to extend a 1-0 lead to 7-0. Gastonia produced five hits in the big inning.
Christensen gave up seven runs in five and two-third inning, struck out nine and walked two.
Kyle Snyder relieved Christensen in the sixth and finished up for Post 100. Snyder struck out the side in the seventh.
After playing error-free baseball on Tuesday in a win over Newell, Post 100 made six errors Thursday night.
Gastonia held on to second place in the division behind Pineville, moving to 11-4 in the division, 12-4 overall.
In two meetings between the teams, Gastonia has outscored Cherryville 22-3.
Cherryville has three games this weekend, traveling to Steele Creek tonight, hosting the same team Saturday, and visiting Charlotte Post 262 on Sunday. Steele Creek plays its home games at Olympic High School.
Notes: Post 100 coach Bobby Reynolds trimmed his roster from 21 to 18 players. In a surprise, one of the players cut was outfielder Johnathan Walker, who played a significant role on last yearâ€™s national runner-up team.
by Mike Powell