Cherryville Post 100 and the Gaston Braves are headed to a winner-takes-all Game 7 in the American Legion baseball Area IV championship series.
Cherryville had a 3-1 lead in the series before the Braves took wins on Wednesday and Thursday to force Game 7. Post 100 faces either elimination or a record sixth-straight Area IV title and a trip to the North Carolina state tournament in today’s game at Fraley Field in Cherryville.
The Braves beat Cherryville 9-5 on Wednesday and 4-3 on Thursday.
Gaston took a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning of Thursday’s game and held out, despite one more run from Cherryville, for the win.
Cherryville scored one run in the top of the second after a walk by Seth Weekley and an RBI-single by Brett Huff.
The Braves tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, but Cherryville responded with Chandler Jenkins’ two-out RBI-triple down the right field line.
Aaron Biggerstaff tied the game at 2-2 for the Braves with an RBI-double to left field in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Derek Perry. Patrick Horne’s RBI-single to left field and Jarkevius Hopkins’ two-out RBI-double put the Braves ahead 4-2.
Cherryville scored one more run, in the top of the eighth, on a sacrifice fly by Jenkins.
The Braves forced Thursday’s Game 6 by defeating Cherryville 9-5 on Wednesday. Logan Waldon put the Braves on the scoreboard in the top of the first with a three-run home run. Bess led off the bottom of the first inning for Cherryville with a single, and eventually scored on an error by the Braves. Blake Mosteller tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first.
Bess gave Cherryville a 4-3 lead with an RBI-single in the bottom of the second. A solo home run by Bess gave Post 100 a 5-3 lead after the fifth inning.
The Braves scored one run on a Cherryville throwing error in the top of the sixth, and Justin Williams’ base-clearing double in the top of the seventh gave the Braves an 8-5 lead.
West Lincoln product Cameron High started on the mound for Cherryville on Wednesday and had six strikeouts with three walks and seven hits in 5.1 innings pitched. Heath King finished the game on the mound for Post 100 and took the loss after giving up four runs in the seventh inning.