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Post 100 wins two of three at Shelby tourney

Cherryville’s Thomas Bess dives back to first base against Sumter on Saturday in Shelby.

MICHAEL GEBELEIN
Sports Editor

SHELBY — Cherryville Post 100’s nine-game win streak to open the 2012 season was snapped in its final game of the North-South Challenge at Shelby High School on Sunday.
Cherryville opened the tournament, during which three teams from South Carolina face off against three teams from North Carolina, with a 3-2 win over Gaffney, beat Sumter 3-2 on Saturday, but fell to Florence 8-6 on Sunday, the final day of the tournament.
Sumter spent most of Saturday’s game with a 2-0 lead. J.C. Conner reached first base in the top of the third on a dropped third strike, stole second, and advanced to third base on a balk by Cherryville pitcher Heath King.
Conner scored on a sacrifice by Phillip Watcher for a 1-0 Sumter lead.
Right fielder Trent Pannell opened the top of the fourth with a solo home run off of King that sailed over the left field fence for Sumter’s final run of the game.
Cherryville rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fifth and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.
Dylan Hastings led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk for Cherryville, and advanced to second base on Thomas Bess’s single up the middle.
Sumter brought in Will Smith to relieve starting pitcher Jacob Watcher before Blake Mosteller’s at-bat, but the Cherryville High School product earned an RBI and an infield single to bring Post 100 within one run of a tie ballgame.
West Lincoln High School’s Dalton Towery then reached on an error by the Sumter third baseman that allowed Bess to score. Ryan Craft hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Spencer Stamey drove a double to left field to get Post 100’s first runner on base in the bottom of the sixth.
Cameron High followed that hit up with  one-out dribbler that brought in the go-ahead run for Post 100.

Cherryville’s Cameron High makes a play at first base on Saturday.

Images courtesy of Jennifer Sills / Special to LTN

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