GASTONIA–The beat goes on for Cherryville Post 100.
Post 100 made it nine wins in a row Thursday night with a 13-7 verdict over Gastonia Post 23 at Sims Legion Park.
Cherryville (14-6, 8-4) fell behind 6-3 after three innings, but stormed back with a five-run sixth inning to take to the lead for good.
Dylan Anthony, Steven Hoyle and Evan Wise led a 17-hit Cherryville attack against two Post 23 pitchers.
Anthony continued to deliver in his role as the leadoff hitter, going 4-for-6 with a RBI and three runs scored.
Hoyle went 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Wise had a pair of singles and a double in five trips and knocked in two runs.
Paul Finger and Daniel Scronce added two hits each as Post 100 hit double digits in scoring for the fourth time in the last six games.
Post 100 starting pitcher Steven “Red” Justice gave up six runs on six hits in the second and third innings, but survived the rocky start to get the win.
With Cherryville ahead 10-6 with two outs in the sixth, coach Bobby Reynolds brought in lefthander Kyle Snyder to pitch to lefthanded hitter Wes McCall.
McCall hit a double through the middle of the infield to drive in Gastonia`s seventh run, but after that Snyder settled in and shut out Post 23 over the final three innings.
Snyder struck out four in his relief stint and retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.
“I was very impressed with (Snyder`s) outing,” Reynolds said. “I thought the defense let him down to get that one run, but he threw well. We wanted to see him in a situation like that so we don`t hesitate to use him the next time.”
Gastonia (4-10, 4-9) went ahead 6-3 with a four-run third inning, keyed by Mike Maples` three-run homer over the right field fence at the 335-foot sign.
However, Post 100 came back with solo runs in the fourth and fifth, setting the stage for the decisive sixth inning.
Cherryville scored the tying run on a wild pitch served up by Post 23 starter Spencer Robinson and took the lead at 7-6 on Chris Cook`s sacrifice fly to left field.
After Kyle Martin drew a walk, Robinson was yanked in favor of Sammy Asis, who hit Daniel Scronce with the bases loaded to force in another run.
Wise followed with a two-RBI double to right center to make the score 10-6.
Eighth of the nine Post 100 starters hit safely in the game, and Brock Alexander was a productive late-inning substitute with an infield single and a sacrifice fly RBI.
The teams meet again tonight at 7 in Cherryville, and on Saturday Post 100 travels to Steele Creek, the last-place team in the division. Sunday night, Steele Creek comes to Cherryville.
On Monday, Cherryville will host division leader Pineville in a game that could decide the division title. Going into the weekend, Pineville (9-3 division) leads Post 100 by a game.
“If we win the next three, then Pineville means something,” Reynolds said.
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Gast 024 001 000â€”7 11 2
Justice, Snyder (6) and Glover. Robinson, Asis (6) and Robinson. W–Justice (4-1). L–Robinson. HRs, Gastonia, Maples.
Cherryville 5, Rock Hill, S.C. 4–At Winthrop University in Rock Hill, Post 100 made a triumphant return to the scene of its 2003 Southeast Regional Legion championship.
Chris Henderson hit a two-run home run and Daniel Scronce delivered a two-RBI double in the eighth inning that turned out to be the game-winning hit.
Cherryville took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth on the hit by Scronce, but Rock Hill (6-5) scored a solo run in that inning and got three in the ninth against reliever Dylan Anthony to make things uncomfortable for Post 100.
Post 34 had the tying run at second and the winning run at the plate, but Anthony retired T.J. White on a grounder to shortstop to end the game.
Daniel Styers pitched six shutout innings as the Post 100 starter and got the win.
Rock Hill outhit Post 100 11-9 but left 12 runners stranded.
The win was a milestone for Post 100 coach Bobby Reynolds, who picked up the 400th win of his Legion career.
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Styers, Rhodes (7), Anthony (8) and Henderson, Glover. Lipe and King. W–Styers. L–Lipe. HRs, Cherryville, Henderson.
by Mike Powell