Gastonia Post 23 rode its hot bats to a 10-7 come-from-behind win over the Lincoln County Cardinals on Monday at East Lincoln High School.
Post 23 scored its runs on 15 hits, and used a four-run sixth inning to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 9-5 lead.
“They came out swinging,” Post 455 manager Bruce Bolick said.
The Cardinals had their share of hits –– 14, Bolick said –– but “couldn’t find the holes,” he said.
Justin Norton went 3-for-5, and Dalton Hefner, Alex Pickeral, Nathaniel Scoggins and Bryan Seymour had two hits each. Starter Bradley Hallman gave up seven hits and struck out one in 5 1/3 innings in the loss. Brady Drennen gave up one run across the final 3 2/3 innings in relief.
Post 455 (4-6, 3-3 Area IV Eastern Division) hosts Clover (S.C.) Post 38 at 7 p.m. today at East Lincoln High.
CHERRYVILLE 12, HICKORY 10, 11 INN.: At Hickory, Post 100 scored five runs in the 11th inning Tuesday to win the Area IV Western Division matchup.
Jonathan Carpenter had five hits, including a pair of solo home runs, as Cherryville rallied from a 5-0 deficit after one-half inning. Chandler Jenkins added three hits and Brett Huff had two.
Post 100 (10-2, 6-1) hosts Asheville Post 70 in a division doubleheader today beginning at 7 p.m.
JR. LEGION BASEBALL
SOUTH CALDWELL A 10, LINCOLNTON 1; SOUTH CALDWELL A 4, LINCOLNTON 3: At South Caldwell, Post 30 dropped both games of a league doubleheader on Monday.
Lincolnton was held to three hits in Game 1 –– Peyton Fisher, Daniel McBride and Langdon Givens. Jordon Easter gave up eight runs, five earned, on five hits, walked one and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings of work in the loss. McBride gave up two earned runs on three hits, walked six and struck out five in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
In Game 2 Post 29 won on a walk-off single by Chase Whisnant in a much tighter game. Lincolnton had five hits –– singles by Easter, Fisher (RBI), Lane Hoover, McBride (RBI) and Quinlin Turner. Langdon Givens added an RBI. Frank Hatchett gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits, walked three and struck out two in 3 1/3 innings in the loss. Starter Adam Campbell gave up one earned run on three hits, walked none and struck out one in three innings.
Post 30 (4-6) will face North Lincoln Blue and North Lincoln Black in a back-to-back doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Lincolnton High. The games were originally scheduled for Friday but were moved due to Lincolnton’s graduation.
PITCH, HIT & RUN
LOCAL WINNERS: The winners of their respective age groups in the local Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition, held at Lincolnton High School on May 16, were reported to the Lincoln Times-News on Monday. Each overall winner advances to the sectional competition.
Age 7-8: Isaac Patrick. Patrick won all three events (pitch, hit and run).
Age 9-10: Matthew Heavner. Heavner won all three events.
Age 11-12: Luke Willis. Willis won all three events.
Age 13-14: Lane Hoover. Hoover won the hit and run events. Seth Willis won the pitch event.
WELLS FARGO CUP
MUSTANGS FINISH SECOND IN SD-7: The scholastic sports year’s final Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings were released by the NCHSAA on Monday, and East Lincoln was the county’s top finisher with a second place finish in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference.
Lincoln Charter finished third in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference, North Lincoln finished fifth in the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference, and West Lincoln and Lincolnton finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the SD-7.
SP1A final standings –– Community School of Davidson 200, Thomas Jefferson 182, Lincoln Charter 180, Highland Tech 166, Pine Lake 165, Cherryville 156, Bessemer City 132.
SD-7 final standings –– Newton-Conover 107, East Lincoln 101.5, Bandys 87.5, Maiden 80.5, Bunker Hill 74.5, West Caldwell 66, West Lincoln 61.5, Lincolnton 58.
NP3A/4A final standings –– Lake Norman 882.5, Mooresville 697.5, Alexander Central 690, South Iredell 647.5, North Lincoln 595, North Iredell 492.5, West Iredell 452.5, Statesville 432.5.
The Wells Fargo Cup award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.