CHERRYVILLE–Cherryville Post 100 coach Bobby Reynolds wasn`t taking any chances in his team`s Area Four-Eastern Division opener Sunday night against Huntersville.
He went with pitching experience on the mound in a game that will count in the seeding for the playoffs at the end of June.
Steven “Red” Justice, who started the national championship game two years ago in Bartlesville, Okla., pitched five scoreless innings after a rocky start in a 7-3 Cherryville victory.
After giving up two runs on three hits in the first inning, the veteran righthander held Post 321 in check over the next five innings, and Post 100 broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Dylan Anthony`s three-run home run over the left field fence gave Cherryville a 6-2 lead after Kyle Snyder drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly.
The homer was the second of the young season for Anthony, a West Lincoln product who played jayvee ball this spring at Limestone College.
Chris Henderson relieved Justice in the top of the seventh and allowed one run in three innings of work as the closer. Huntersville scored a run in the top of the ninth, but it was unearned.
Anthony, Daniel Scronce and Evan Wise had two hits each for Cherryville, which won its third straight after a season-opening loss at Hickory. Scronce reached base in all five appearances and drove in Cherryville`s final run on an eighth-inning double.
Post 100 took advantage of Post 321 reliever Andy Oliver`s control problems in the decisive sixth inning. Two of the three batters he walked scored on Anthony`s homer.
“I am real pleased so far,” said Reynolds. “It was a divisional game tonight, so it was an important win. Do you want to finish at the bottom and have to play a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed? No. You want to stay at the top as much as you can.”
Cherryville`s return meeting with Huntersville Tuesday night has been postponed. The next action for Post 100 comes Wednesday night at home against Hickory.
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Shoemaker, Oliver (4), Allen (7) and Marne. Justice, Henderson (7) and Glover. W–Justice.
Cherryville 13, Burke County 11–In the home opener at Fraley Field, Lincolnton High School products Evan Wise and Kenny Reed combined for six hits, two home runs and five RBI to lead Post 100 in a high-scoring affair.
Wise`s perfect night started with a second-inning single, and he followed with a run-scoring single in the third inning, another base hit in the fifth, a two-run homer in the seventh, and an infield single in the eighth.
Wise`s home run to left field was part of a six-run flurry in the seventh that erased a 9-6 Burke County lead and put Cherryville ahead to stay.
Reed also accounted for two runs in the big inning with a towering home run that landed on the roof of Nixon Gym behind the right field fence. Reed`s drive hit the roof near its apex and bounced over.
The homer put Post 100 ahead 10-9, and Cherryville added two more later in the inning on a wild pitch and a double off the bat of Paul Finger.
In addition to the home run that was the talk of the game, Reed pitched three innings of relief to get the win. He came on in the sixth and worked through the eighth.
Post 100 starting pitcher Kyle Snyder worked three innings before yielding to Jake Watts. Wayne McDonald, a recent arrival from Burns High, which was ousted in the second round of the 3A playoffs, relieved Reed in the ninth.
Two other Burns High players, Shane Richard and Chris King, made the most of starting nods from coach Bobby Reynolds. Richard went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and King had two hits in four at-bats and scored a run.
Thanks to the seven walks issued by Cherryville pitching and five errors, Burke needed only seven hits to generate its 11 runs.
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McDaniel, Attaway (6), Lackey (7) and Clark. Snyder, Watts (4), Reed (6), McDonald (9) and Glover. W–Reed. L–Lackey.
Post 100 schedule
Tuesday Cherryville at Huntersville, ppd Wednesday Hickory at Cherryville, 7 p.m.
by Mike Powell