KINGS MOUNTAIN–Cherryville Post 100`s roller-coaster season is back on an upward track.
After losing five in a row, four of them in the Eastern Division of Area Four, Cherryville has put together a three-game win streak, the latest victory coming Tuesday night in a 14-2 pounding of Kings Mountain.
This was the same Kings Mountain team that edged Post 100 4-3 in 10 innings last Saturday at Fraley Field.
The rematch, however, was never close after an explosive first inning. Cherryville scored four runs in the second inning and three more in the third inning to open up a 11-2 cushion.
Brock Alexander`s two-run homer in the sixth pushed the margin to 11 runs, and the game ended after seven innings on the 10-rule mercy rule.
West Lincoln product Paul Finger hit a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run double in the second and finished the night 2-for-5 with five RBI.
Steven Hoyle homered for the second time in as many nights, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Dylan Anthony had a double and a single in four at-bats and scored twice, and Daniel Scronce went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Kings Mountain starting pitcher Cort Hall, who pitched three shutout innings in relief in the Fraley Field win, could not get Post 100 out the second time around. Cherryville rocked Hall for 11 runs on seven hits through the first three innings, and five of those hits went for extra bases.
Hoyle set the tone for the game with a one-out home run to right field in the top of the first. After a pair of walks, Finger drove a pitch over the center field fence at the 345-foot mark for a 4-0 lead.
Kings Mountain`s only run production came on a two-run homer by Hall in the bottom of the first.
It looked as if a slugfest was in the making at that point, but Post 155 was shut out the rest of the way by the pitching combo of Daniel Styers and Chris Henderson.
Daniel worked four complete innings while giving up four hits and walking one. Henderson relieved Styers in the fifth and finished up.
Post 100 has tonight and Thursday off, returning to action Friday at home against the Gaston Braves, a team which Cherryville defeated 5-2 Monday night at South Point. The home stand continues Saturday against Rock Hill, S.C., and on Sunday versus Pineville.
In Monday`s game, Wayne McDonald pitched a five-hitter through seven complete innings and struck out 11, giving the Post 100 righthander 23 strikeouts in his last two pitching starts.
Chris Cook relieved McDonald in the eighth when the Braves scored twice to close to 5-2.
Anthony went 3-for-5 and scored in the first inning on a play that Post 100 is famous for–the delayed steal of first and third. Before the Braves could tag out Finger on a rundown between first and second, Anthony stole home for the game`s first run.
Hoyle hit a solo homer in the fourth for a 4-0 lead, and Post 100 added an eighth-inning run on a perfect squeeze bunt by Evan Wise.
After slipping to ninth place in the division, Post 100 has climbed back to 4-4 in the division and 8-6 overall.
Legion notes: According to reports circulating at the ballpark, Kings Mountain was forced to forfeit three wins due to the use of ineligible players. After the disclipinary action take by Area Four officials, Kings Mountain`s record was adjusted from 7-2 to 4-5. The game at Cherryville on June 11 was not one of those affected by the violation.
Tuesday at KM
Cherryville 443 002 1â€”14 12 3
KM 200 000 0â€”2 5 7
Styers, Henderson (5) and Glover, Vinsett. Hall, Holland (4) and Sellers.
Monday at South Point
Cville 102 100 010â€”5 9 1
Braves 000 000 020â€”2 5 2
McDonald, Cook (8) and Glover. Gibson, Duncan (8) and Palmer. W–McDonald. L–Gibson. HRs- Cherryville, Hoyle.
by Mike Powell