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Post 100 routs Gaston Braves, earns state tournament berth

Cherryville’s Kameron Reynolds scores one of Post 100’s 16 runs Saturday night at Abbey Yard in Belmont. Reynolds had two hits, walked three times and scored three runs in Cherryville’s 16-7 series-clinching win.

DAVID KEEVER

Sports Editor

BELMONT—After Cherryville Post 100 pulled out a pair of one-run wins in games two and three, their offense exploded for 16 runs Saturday night in a 16-7 win over the Gaston Braves at Abbey Yard on the campus of Belmont Abbey.

The win sends Cherryville into Monday night’s one-game Area IV final against Shelby at Fraley Field, and more importantly earns Post 100 a berth in next week’s state tournament in Pitt County.

Trailing 3-1, Cherryville (30-6) put 7 runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run triple by Wade Walker, a two-run single from Robbie Cowie a two-run double by Matt Bumgarner and a RBI single from Dayne Homesley to open up the lead.  

“We put a crooked number up in the fourth,” said Post 100 head coach Bobby Reynolds following his team’s win.  “We were able to get some knocks.”

Cherryville continued to add to their lead with RBIs from Austin Treadway and Homesley in the fifth inning, and Jared Emory, Wade Walker and Kameron Reynolds each drove in runs in the top of the sixth when Post 100 extended their lead to 13-4.

As for the Braves, they  just couldn’t come up the clutch hits.  Gaston left the bases loaded in the fifth inning and stranded runners at second and third in the seventh.  The Braves left a total of 16 men on base in the fourth and deciding game.   

Bumgarner and Homesley had three hits apiece to lead the Post 100 offense, who had 16 hits on the night.  Treadway, Wes Reynolds, Cowie, Walker and Kameron Reynolds added two hits each.

McKinley Scott led the Braves offense, connecting for four of their 9 hits.  

Cowie, the Cherryville starter, went six innings to pick up the win.  The righthander gave up four runs on five hits, striking out three and walking nine.  Nick Roser took the loss for the Gaston Braves.

“We’ve been put out (of the playoffs) the last three years by Gaston,” Reynolds said.  “We get a little satisfaction to get that back.”     

Cherryville will be making their 10th appearance in the North Carolina American Legion State Tournament which ties them with Rowan County for second most all-time behind only Wilmington.  It will be their first appearance since a runner-up finish in Granite Falls in 2012.  Post 100 last won the state championship in 2011 in Morehead City.  

Cherryville          001  723  003   –   16  16  5

Gaston Braves   030  100  102   –     7   9   1

WP: Robbie Cowie       LP: Nick Roser

Image courtesy of John Clark / Special to the LTN

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