GRANITE FALLS — Cherryville Post 100’s baseball season came to a close on Sunday after two mercy-rule losses at the hands of Wilmington Post 10.
Wilmington defeated Cherryville 16-5 in seven innings on Friday, but Cherryville rallied on Saturday to defeat Caldwell County 5-1 to earn a second chance against Wilmington.
Wilmington exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Cherryville on Sunday to take a 7-1 lead, and went on to win the game 11-1 in eight innings.
Wilmington took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third after Christian Wolfe led off the inning by reaching first base on an error, and was bunted over to third by Steven Linkous. A balk by Cherryville starter Seth Weekley sent Wolfe across home plate for Wilmington’s first run of the game and Shane Shepard’s RBI single plated Linkous for the second run.
Cherryville scored its lone run in the top of the sixth when Josh Beam crossed home on a wild pitch during Dylan Hastings’ at-bat.
Wilmington scored its five runs in the bottom of sixth, all with two outs, on an error, two RBI singles and a two-run home run over the centerfield fence by Chance Shepard. The home run prompted the Cherryville coaching staff to relieve Weekley with left-hander Chandler Jenkins. Jenkins walked the first batter he faced, but struck out Sam Foy to end the inning.
Wilmington scored three runs in the seventh to take a 10-1 lead, and added on more in the eighth to win by the 10-run rule.
Cherryville’s 5-1 win over Caldwell included a disputed play in the top of the ninth that led to the ejections of several Caldwell County players and coaches. Sam Travis forced a play at the plate after a single by Josh Beam, and the home plate umpire ruled that the Caldwell County catcher lost control of the ball and called the run safe after initially ruling an out.
Caldwell took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third but Chandler Jenkins’ solo home run evened the score at 1-1 for Cherryville. Thomas Bess gave Post 100 a 2-1 lead when he scored on an error in the eighth inning.
Seth Weekley added two runs with a single after the controversial play at the plate in the ninth.
Dylan Hastings pitched a complete game against Caldwell with three strikeouts, three walks and three hits.