By RYAN HERMAN
DENVER –– Cherryville Post 100 manager Bobby Reynolds has seen enough baseball to know that best-of-five series aren’t won in the first game.
That’s why he isn’t panicking after dropping Game 1 to Lincoln County Post 455.
Post 100, which has won a record six consecutive Area IV championships, trails the Cardinals one game to none after they took care of home field advantage on Tuesday with a 7-3 win.
Reynolds, in his 26th year with the program, was quick to credit Post 455 starter Justin Norton for outdueling his own starter in Brandon Alexander, and his reason for dropping Game 1 was simple.
“They outhit us and they outpitched us. If you don’t win two out of the three, you generally don’t win the ballgame, so there you go,” said Reynolds. “We’re down 1-0.”
Down, but not out.
“We’ve won the Area championship six years in a row,” said Reynolds, when asked about his players’ mindset after falling behind 1-0 in the series.
“What do you think?”
Both West No. 3 Cherryville (16-13) and East No. 3 Lincoln County (18-11) have come a long ways since the end of the regular season.
Post 100 went into the playoffs a game below .500 while Lincoln County has won five in a row and seven of its last nine.
That fact alone figures this to be a series that goes the distance.
“It’s two ball clubs that have improved as the season’s gotten along,” Cardinals manger Bruce Bolick said. “They’re both doing well and both were able to recover so we expect tomorrow just to be a battle.”