CHERRYVILLE — Cherryville Post 100 won a record sixth straight Area IV title by beating the Gaston Braves 13-3 in eight innings on Friday.
The Braves forced the final game in the best-of-seven series with two wins in a row after being down 3-1, but Post 100 piled on the runs on Friday and finished the series with a mercy-rule win and a trip to the North Carolina state tournament.
Cherryville begins state tournament play on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. against Apex, the No. 2 seed from Area I, at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.
The Braves scored one run in the top of the first inning on Friday, but their lead was short lived.
Post 100 answered with four runs in the bottom of the first, including a two-RBI double by Chandler Jenkins that bounced at the warning track to put Post 100 ahead 3-1. Jenkins later scored on a wild pitch to give Cherryville a 4-1 lead.
Post 100 scored one run in the bottom of the second on a balk by Braves starter Logan Waldon after Cherryville catcher Luke Kiser’s leadoff double. The Braves added their final two runs in the top of the third, and Cherryville responded with one run on Brett Huff’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third.
Kiser led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to shallow left field and eventually scored when Seth Weekley was walked with the bases loaded for a 7-3 Cherryville advantage. Weekley’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth gave Cherryville an 8-3 lead, and Kiser’s RBI double along with Thomas Bess’s RBI triple gave Post 100 a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
Dustin Wilson, as a pinch hitter, brought home the game ending runs in the bottom of the eighth on a three-run triple with two outs.
Weekley started on the mound for Cherryville and pitched four innings, with three strikeouts and five hits. Dylan Hastings closed out the game with six strikeouts and two hits in relief.