Cherryville Post 100 came out of the weekend with a win over Shelby Post 82 in Game 5 of the semifinals of the Area IV playoffs on Friday, a win over the Gaston Braves on Saturday in Game 1 of the finals and a loss in Game 2 on Sunday.
The winner of the championship series between Cherryville and the Braves, now tied at 1-1, earns a spot in the North Carolina state tournament at Granite Falls. Caldwell County, the host of the tournament, automatically earned a bid despite losing to the Braves in a five-game semifinal series.
The Braves defeated Cherryville 7-2 in Game 2 on Sunday at South Point High School.
Thomas Bess led off the top of the first inning with a double and later scored on Tyler Shumaker’s sacrifice fly ball to get Cherryville on the scoreboard.
Gaston’s Aaron Biggerstaff hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second for a 1-1 tie and Jarkevious Hopkins’ RBI single gave the Braves a 2-1 lead at the end of the third. The Braves added another run in the fourth for a 3-1 lead.
Cherryville scored its final run in the top of the sixth. Brett Huff led off the inning with a double and later scored on a RBI single by Blake Mosteller.
Post 100 took a 1-0 lead in the championship series with a 10-3 win over the Braves on Saturday.
The teams were in a 1-1 tie ballgame after the first inning on Seth Weekley’s RBI single for Post 100, and Cherryville tagged the Braves for four runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 5-1 lead.
Spencer Stamey had three hits during the game while Weekley added two hits and four RBIs.
Cherryville closed out the semifinal series against Shelby Post 82 with a 9-7 win in the final game of the best-of-five series on Friday.
The game was tied at 4-4 through the first six innings, but Cherryville posted a five-run seventh inning to take the lead.
Shelby scored two runs in the top of the first inning but Cherryville answered with one run of their own in the bottom half of the frame.
Luke Kiser knotted the game at 2-2 with an RBI single in the second and Blake Mosteller’s two-run home run in the bottom of the third gave Post 100 a 4-2 lead.
Shelby’s C.J. Brooks homered in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 4-4.
Weekley hit an RBI single to give Post 100 the lead in the bottom of the seventh, followed by a walk with the bases loaded for Sam Travis. Cherryville scored twice more before the inning ended.
Cherryville pitcher Dylan Hastings threw a complete game with nine strikeouts, 11 hits, four walks and six earned runs.