SHELBY — Shelby Post 82’s Jackson Mims bunted home the game winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 7-6 win over Cherryville Post 100 on Tuesday.
The best-of-five, third-round playoff series, now tied at 1-1, moves back to Cherryville’s Fraley Field today at 7 p.m.
Cherryville committed 10 errors during the game, including one to lead off the bottom of the 11th. Cherryville also walked 10 batters.
West Lincoln High School left-hander Chandler Jenkins took the mound for Cherryville in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, and struck out C.J. Brooks to end the inning. He then struck out Even Loaces to lead off the 10th inning, walked Nick Triplett, forced Brock Melton to ground out and fielded a ground ball from Ryley Smith to end the inning.
Jenkins walked Alston Bridges and Dustin Greene to lead off the 11th inning. Chandler Young’s groundout back to Jenkins advanced the runners to second and third base, bringing Mims to the plate.
Mims laid a bunt down the first base line, which was fielded by Jenkins, but Cherryville catcher and Jenkins’ West Lincoln teammate Derrick Braun bobbled the throw, allowing Bridges to score on the squeeze play.
Post 100 took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Thomas Bess and Josh Beam led off with back-to-back singles, followed by a one-out RBI-single by designated hitter Seth Weekley. Brandon Alexander was hit by a pitch and then scored on a sacrifice by third baseman Dylan Hastings. Post 100 left the bases loaded in the top of the first.
Shelby tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third. Mims led off the inning by reaching on an error, and crossed home plate on a fielding error during Brooks’ at-bat. Triplett hit a one-out double to the warning track that sent Brooks across home plate.
Cherryville took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth on a double by Thomas Bess and a walk to Brett Huff with the bases loaded with no outs. Post 100 stranded three baserunners after strikeouts by Weekley and Alexander and a groundout by Hastings.
Shelby again tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI-single by Grant Byers and a throwing error on a ground ball from Greene in the bottom of the fifth. Shelby then took a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Bess dropped a routine fly ball in center field with two outs and the bases loaded, allowing two runs to score.
Cherryville scored one run in both the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game at 6-6 and held back the Shelby offense to send the game into extra innings.