Cherryville Post 100 is one win away from a sixth-straight Area IV title and a trip to the American Legion state tournament after wins against the Gaston Braves on Monday and Tuesday.
Cherryville took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a narrow 4-3 win on Monday at Cherryville’s Fraley Field and then defeated the Braves 6-3 on Tuesday at South Point High School.
Post 100 struck for three runs in the top of the second on Tuesday on an error by the Braves for two runs and an RBI-single by Thomas Bess.
The Braves scored once in the bottom of the third and tied the game in the fifth with a two-run home run by Spencer Wiles. Bess gave Cherryville a 4-3 lead with a solo home run in the seventh.
Cherryville’s Seth Weekley gave Post 100 more separation from the Braves with an RBI double in the top of the ninth. Cherryville scored once more in the ninth on a Gaston throwing error.
Post 100 pitcher Dylan Hastings struck out 11 Gaston batters, gave up one earned run and two walks.
Cherryville took a 2-1 lead in the series on Monday on the strength of right-hander Seth Weekley’s 8.2 innings and six strikeouts.
The Post 100 defense also made several key plays in the field including two double plays and back-to-back fly outs in the top of the fifth to right fielder Josh Beam, who threw the ball home to hold a Gaston runner at third base.
Cherryville scored its first run in the bottom of the third after Spencer Stamey’s leadoff double to the right field wall and Bess’s RBI-double to centerfield.
Hastings brought Cherryville’s second run across home plate with an infield single to short stop in the bottom of the fourth.
The Braves offense mustered only six hits, but capitalized on four walks and five Cherryville errors to score their runs. Gaston left 11 runners on base throughout the game.
Mykil Davis hit a single down the left field line to score Jarkevius Hopkins in the top of the fifth for Gaston’s first run of the game and a 2-1 lead for Cherryville. The Braves took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh after Spencer Wiles was hit by a pitch, Dustin Wiles’ bunt was thrown wide of first base and Weekley balked, allowing Spencer Wiles to score. Weekely came back to strike out Logan Armstrong for the second out of the inning, but the go-ahead run crossed home plate on a wild pitch during Derek Perry’s at-bat.
Post 100 responded by scoring two runs in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. Bess singled to right field with one out, followed by a double to center by Beam. Bess scored on Tyler Shumaker’s groundout to second base to tie the game at 3-3 and Beam crossed home when Weekley’s ground ball to short stop was thrown over the Gaston first baseman’s glove.