Pitching has been a strong point so far for Cherryville Post 100 in the first week of the 2005 season.
Four pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout Thursday night in Cherryville`s 8-0 win over Burke County at Morganton`s Shuey Field.
The win evened Post 100`s record at 1-1 after a season-opening 3-2 loss to Hickory Wednesday at the Catawba County Fairgrounds.
Through the first two games, Cherryville pitching has yielded three runs in 18 innings. At Burke County, Steven “Red” Justice, Ryan Rhodes, Kenny Reed and Dylan Anthony combined on the shutout. Justice and Rhodes worked three innings each, Reed pitched two innings, and Anthony finished up in the ninth.
Anthony, Daniel Scronce, Josh Day, Josh Glover and Paul Finger had two hits each for Cherryville.
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WP- Rhodes. LP- Burns.
Hickory 3, Cherryville 2–At Hickory, Post 48 scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a bases-loaded walk to John Daly. Hickory used two singles and a fielder`s choice to load the bases with no outs against Jake Watts, the third Post 100 pitcher of the game.
The game went into the bottom of the ninth tied 2-2 after Cherryville failed to cash in on a scoring opportunity in the top half of that inning. Kyle Martin, a North Gaston product, led off with a single to right and advanced to second on a passed ball. Anthony followed with his third hit of the game, a single to right, but Martin tried to score on the play and was thrown out easily at home plate.
The next two Post 100 hitters were retired in order to end the threat.
Anthony, who went 3-for-5 for the night, hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to give Cherryville the lead at 2-1. Hickory tied the game in the eighth on a double by Brian Dice.
The other Hickory run came on a second-inning homer by Tyler Buchanan.
West Lincoln`s Chris Henderson pitched the first three innings for Post 100 and gave up a run on four hits. Justice relieved Henderson in the fourth and pitched two scoreless innings. Watts, a freshman at West Lincoln, came on in the sixth and went the rest of the way.
Anthony, who played junior varsity baseball at Limestone this spring, hit the ball hard four times after striking out in the first inning. Scronce and Michael Vinsette added two hits each for Post 100.
Daly and Dice had two hits each for Post 48.
Because of the high school playoffs, both teams opened the season without their full rosters.
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Post 100 schedule
Saturday Burke at Cherryville, 7 p.m. Sunday Huntersville at Cherryville, 7 p.m.
by Mike Powell