GRANITE FALLS — Several timely hits helped lift Cherryville Post 100 to back-to-back wins in the first two games of the North Carolina American Legion Baseball state tournament.
Third baseman Sam Travis blasted a two-out walk-off home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 4-3 win over Apex on Wednesday and Tyler Shumaker’s leadoff home run in the second inning gave Cherryville a 1-0 lead over Whiteville on Thursday. Thomas Bess and Josh Beam both followed Shumaker with RBIs in the top of the second, and Cherryville held on for a 9-4 win.
Post 100 advances in the winner’s bracket to face Wilmington at 7:30 p.m. today at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.
Cherryville right-hander Seth Weekley started Thursday’s game on the mound and pitched six shutout innings before Whiteville connected for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Post 100 took a 5-0 lead in the fourth on a solo home run by Ryan Craft and an RBI single from Josh Beam. Bess singled in a run in the sixth and Beam added one of two Cherryville runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly.
Shumaker launched his second solo home run of the night in the top of the ninth to give Post 100 a 9-4 lead.
Cherryville had 11 hits during the game, including three by Bess and two by Shumaker and Craft. Weekley picked up the win on the mound.
Apex jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Cherryville in the top of the first inning of Wednesday’s game, but Cherryville tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third.
Apex led off the first inning with three singles, including an RBI shot by second baseman Mike Roach that barely made it past Bess’s glove in centerfield. Apex scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single before Kyle May grounded into a double play.
Travis led off the bottom of the third with a walk, and moved to third base on Luke Kiser’s double down the left field line. Both Travis and Kiser crossed home plate on Bess’s two-RBI triple to the warning track in centerfield. Bess scored a run on Brett Huff’s fielder’s choice to second base.
Right-hander Dylan Hastings gave up the game’s opening three runs, but pitched the next eight innings with only three hits and 11 strikeouts.