Will be resumed today
By RYAN HERMAN
CHERRYVILLE –– Cherryville Post 100 had its sight set on a series sweep and a 10th straight Area IV opening playoff series win while the Lincoln County Cardinals were just trying to live another day.
The teams had to postpone their destinies at least a day.
A torrential downpour came just as Thursday’s Game 3 began, and after a delay of more than 30 minutes it was decided there was too much water on the infield to resume so the game was suspended until 7 p.m. today at Cherryville.
The Cardinals, who trail in the best-of-five series 2-0, will have the bases loaded with nobody out when play resumes. Post 100 starter Cameron High hit Bradley Hallman, walked Clay Hodges, and Nathaniel Scoggins reached on a comebacker that ricocheted off High –– all in the rain.
If Cherryville (16-12) wins Game 3, it will finish off a series sweep of the team that ended its season last July and advance to the next series for the 10th straight season. If Post 455 (8-12) wins, Game 4 will be held at 7 p.m. at East Lincoln on Saturday.
Post 100 won Game 2 easily on Wednesday, 14-5, to put the Cardinals on the brink of elimination.
Cherryville has won back-to-back games for the first time since it won seven straight from June 4-11. Post 100 entered the playoffs on a five-game losing streak.
LINCOLN COUNTY 5
DENVER –– Post 100 scored 13 runs in the last three innings Wednesday, including eight in the break-away ninth to take a 2-0 series lead.
Cherryville tagged Lincoln County starter Justin Norton for five runs in the top of the seventh for a 6-2 lead, a barrage that came after the right-hander had retired 18 of 22 after allowing three straight singles to open the game.
The Cardinals cut it to 6-5 in the home-half on Nick Savoie’s two-run single and a sac fly by Bradley Hallman, only to have Post 100 answer with an eight-run ninth.
Brett Huff had a two-run home run in his second at-bat of the inning, and also drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the seventh. Chandler Jenkins and A.J. Cook plated runs with singles, Huff reached on an error in his first at-bat of the frame and later scored on another error, Hunter Jackson plated two with a double and Josh Beam scored a run with a hit.
Cherryville had 14 total hits, and sent 21 to bat in the seventh and ninth innings combined.
Norton gave up six runs, three earned, on eight hits, walked one, hit one and struck out eight in the loss. His counterpart, Dillon Harris, gave up two runs on five hits, walked five and struck out four in six innings for the win.
Cook’s bases-loaded sac fly gave Post 100 a 1-0 lead in the first. Post 455 got the first two on in the bottom of the second, and Clay Hodges, in his first game of the season after missing time following surgery to repair a hernia, singled home a run followed by a sac fly from J.T. Bowden to go up 2-1.
Harris and Norton both settled down and the 2-1 score held until the seventh.
Jenkins had three hits, an RBI and scored twice and Cook had two hits and three RBIs. Nathaniel Scoggins went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk and Savoie had two hits and two RBIs. Bryan Seymour walked three times.
Post 100 100 000 508––14 14 1
Post 455 020 000 300––5 20 4
Harris, Murray (7), Beam (8), Goines (8) and Jackson; Norton, Seymour (7), Scoggins (9) and Bowden. W––Harris. L––Norton.