Post 100 Zane Brockman

Post 100’s Zane Brockman takes a pitch during the game.  Brockman reached on a base hit and a walk in Cherryville’s 4-3 win over Post 29.

Cherryville Post 100 scored four times over the first two innings and held off Caldwell County late for a 4-3 Area IV Western Division win on Wednesday night at Fraley Field.

A pair of infield errors, a hit batter and two walks contributed to Post 100 taking an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Cherryville made it 4-0 in the second when Landon Jenkins drew a leadoff walk and later scored on Will Fowler’s RBI base hit.

From that point on, however, the Post 100 bats were silenced.

Caldwell County Post 29 would trim the Cherryville lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth on a run scoring single from Arin Gaines. Then in the fifth, Caldwell closed the gap to one with hits by C.J. Cook and Isaiah Kirby.

Post 29 threatened in the sixth inning before Cherryville got a strikeout-caught stealing double play to end the inning.

Joseph Webb, who had come on in relief of starting pitcher Will Blackburn in the fifth, did allow a pair of Caldwell County baserunners to open the top of the seventh before getting a pair of strikeouts and a groundout, closing the door and recording the save.

Blackburn was credited with the win on the mound, while Fowler’s 2 for 3 night led the Cherryville offense. Post 100 stranded 12 baserunners in the contest.

With the win, Cherryville improved to 12-7 on the season, including 8-1 in Area IV Western Division play.

Caldwell Co. 000 120 0 - 3 5 3

Cherryville 310 000 x - 4 7 1

WP: Will Blackburn; Save: Joseph Webb.

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Caldwell County 4, Cherryville 2

In the completion of a game started back on May 28 in Granite Falls, Post 29 held off a Cherryville seventh-inning rally to get the win.

The game at Caldwell County had ended under protest due to a Post 29 violation of the pitch count. The starting pitcher for Caldwell County that night had gone over the 105-pitch limit. The game picked back up on Wednesday at the point where the 105th pitch was thrown.

The loss for Post 100 was their first Division loss of the season.

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Wednesday’s scores

Cherryville 4, Caldwell County 3

Caldwell County 4, Cherryville 3 (completion of June xx game)

Rutherford County 11, Cleveland County 1

Gaston Braves 8, Gastonia 6

Matthews 13, Mint Hill 12

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Tuesday’s scores

Gastonia 12, Statesville 1

Anderson, S.C. 17, Henderson Co. 3

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Area IV Standings

(through June 22)

Western Division

Rutherford Co. 9-1 9-1

Cherryville 8-1 12-7

Cleveland Co. 5-4 9-10

Caldwell Co. 5-5 7-6

Henderson Co. 4-6 4-8

Burke Co. 3-5 3-7

Asheville 2-7 2-7

Hickory 2-9 5-10

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Eastern Division

Queen City 9-1 11-1

Gaston Braves 7-1 9-2

Gastonia 5-3 5-6

Matthews 6-4 7-8

Mint Hill 3-5 3-5

Statesville 2-6 2-8

Lincoln Co. 0-4 1-5

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Friday’s games

Cleveland vs. TBD at Randolph County, 5:30 p.m.

Burke County at Asheville 7 p.m.

Gastonia at Matthews 7 p.m.

Mint Hill at Gaston Braves (at Gaston Christian) 7 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH CHALLENGE (at Fraley Field, Cherryville)

Rutherford Co. vs. Fort Mill, S.C., 5 p.m.

Cherryville vs. Fort Mill, S.C., 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday’s games

Cleveland Co. at Randolph Co., 2 p.m.

Caldwell Co. at Burke Co., 5 p.m. DH

Gaston Braves at Matthews 7 p.m.

Hickory at Asheville 7 p.m.

Statesville at Mint Hill 7 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH CHALLENGE (at Fraley Field, Cherryville)

Rutherford Co. vs. Greer, S.C., 11 a.m.

Fuquay-Varina vs. Greer, S.C., 1:30 p.m.

Rutherford Co. vs. Florence, S.C., 4 p.m.

Cherryville vs. Florence, S.C., 6:30 p.m.

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Sunday’s games

Cleveland Co. at Rowan County, 1:30 p.m.

Rutherford Co. at Cherryville, 7:30 p.m.

NORTH-SOUTH CHALLENGE (at Fraley Field, Cherryville)

Fuquay-Varina vs. Florence, S.C., noon

Fuquay-Varina vs. Fort Mill, 2:30 p.m.

Cherryville vs. Greer, S.C., 5 p.m.

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Monday’s games

Asheville at Cherryville, 5 p.m. DH

Statesville at Gaston Braves, 5 p.m. DH

Burke Co. at Hickory 7 p.m.

Henderson Co. at Cleveland Co. 7 p.m.

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Tuesday’s games

Cherryville at Henderson Co. 2 p.m.

Cleveland Co. at Burke Co., 5 p.m. DH

Asheville at Henderson Co. 7 p.m.

Caldwell Co. at Gaston Braves (at Gaston Christian) 7 p.m.

Mint Hill at Gastonia 7 p.m.

Statesville at Queen City 7 p.m.

(Published June 24, 2022)

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