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BOILING SPRINGS — Cherryville Post 100 won its third-straight game Wednesday night at Gardner-Webb University with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Wilmington Post 10. Cherryville lost three in a row last week before getting wins Sunday against Burke County and Tuesday at Asheville.
“We haven’t been playing too well lately but hopefully now we’re getting hot at the right time,” Cherryville head coach Bobby Reynolds said following the game.
Wilmington jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first by capitalizing on costly miscues by Cherryville. Cherryville starter Brandon Alexander gave up an early single to Sam Foy, who moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Tyler Shumaker who tried to turn a fielder’s choice into a double play.
On the flip side, Wilmington starter Joe O’Donnell mowed down the Cherryville offense through the first three innings, recording three strikeouts without allowing a hit.
Wilmington doubled their lead in the third when Chance Shepard doubled and later scored on an RBI single from Collin Thacker, all with two outs in the inning.
Cherryville managed to trim the lead back to one in the fourth after Spencer Stamey blasted a double to the left-center field fence and later came into score on an RBI fielder’s choice by Shumaker.
Heath King took the mound for Post 100 in the fifth and started Cherryville’s dominance over the boys from Wilmington by throwing three scoreless innings and facing only 10 batters.
Cherryville finally got to Alexander in the fifth, and loaded the bases with one out. Brian Salmons took the mound for Wilmington and allowed only one run to cross the plate to minimize the damage.
Another costly error by the Cherryville defense allowed Wilmington to regain control when a grounder to second that could have ended the inning was mishandled and go-ahead run crossed home for Post 10.
In the top half of the eighth it was Cherryville’s turn capitalize on mistakes. Luke Kiser singled to lead off the inning and eventually came around to tie the game 3-3 on a hit batter and two wild pitches.
Wilmington managed to get two runners on base in the ninth but couldn’t put another run on the board.
Chandler Jenkins led off the bottom of the ninth with a base hit to put the winning run on base. A Ryan Craft sacrifice bunt moved Jenkins to second. The next batter, Brett Huff, hit a blooper into left-center that dropped and looked like it would score Jenkins easily. However, Jenkins tripped rounding third base and had to hold. As the play developed, the throw that was meant to catch Jenkins at the plate soared over the catchers head, bounced off the backstop and allowed Jenkins to score the walk-off run.
“It was a good win on a hot day and I really enjoyed playing here,” Reynolds said.
Huff finished the night 2-4 and Josh Beam recorded the win for Post 100.