CHERRYVILLE–A year of college has put some pop into Dylan Anthony`s bat.
Anthony, a West Lincoln alumnus who played junior varsity baseball this spring at Limestone College, continued his hot-hitting in American Legion baseball Wednesday night as Cherryville pounded Hickory 11-2.
Anthony, who has added some weight since last year as well as some refinement of his skills, collected three hits in six at-bats and knocked in three runs as part of a 14-hit Post 100 attack.
The only time Anthony failed to make solid contact was in the sixth when he was fooled on a breaking pitch and struck out. But in his final two times at bat, Anthony drove the ball to the center field fence at the 375-foot mark. He tripled in a run in the seventh and knocked in two more with an eighth inning double.
It was the second three-hit game of the young season for Anthony, who went 3-for-5 in the season opener May 18 against the same Hickory Post 48 team. Of his 10 hits in five games, two have been home runs.
Another Post 100 hitter who set a torrid pace Wednesday was Steven Hoyle, who was making his first legion appearance after his Cherryville High School was eliminated Tuesday in the third round of the state 1A playoffs by Bessemer City.
Hoyle, who led the Ironmen in virtually every offensive category, picked up where he left off in high school ball, stroking four hits in six at-bats and driving in four runs. Hoyle hit a solo home run over the right field fence in the fifth, sent a high chopper over first base in the seventh for a run-scoring hit, and finished up his smashing debut with a two-RBI double into the right field corner in the eighth.
Lincolnton High product Evan Wise, another player who has benefited from a year of college experience, added a pair of singles in three trips and knocked in a run.
It was the fourth straight victory for Cherryville (4-1, 1-0) after the loss in the season opener. Hickory fell below .500 at 1-2.
The Post 100 roster swelled to 21 players for Wednesday`s home game, and coach Bobby Reynolds apparently tried his best to get everyone in the game. By the time it was over, 18 of the 21 players who suited up saw action.
Starting pitcher Wayne McDonald of Burns was the most effective of Post 100`s three pitchers and was awarded the win. McDonald pitched four shutout innings and struck out the side in the first inning.
Ryan Rhodes relieved McDonald in the fifth and gave up Hickory`s two runs. Cook came on in the seventh and finished up. Cook pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by sriking out Post 48 lead-off hitter Jeremy Arnold, who had doubled, singled and tripled earlier in the game.
Post 100 has no games this weekend, returning to action Monday night at home against Kannapolis.
Hickory 000 002 000–2 5 3
Cville 001 030 34x–11 14 3
Bowman, Goans (5), Starr (8), Arnold (8) and Albrecht. McDonald, Rhodes (5), Cook (7) and Glover. W–McDonald. LP–Bowman. HRs, Cherryville, Hoyle.
Post 100 schedule
Monday Kannapolis at Cherryville Wednesday, June 1 Lake Norman at Cherryville
by Mike Powell