WL Samuel Duncan

Post 100’s Samuel Duncan (West Lincoln High School) connects with a pitch during Thursday’s Game 1 at Fraley Field. 

Cherryville Post 100 had little trouble with Rutherford County in their best-of-3 Area IV Finals series over the weekend, outscoring Post 423 25-0 in a two-game sweep.

After exploding for 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 1 on Thursday evening and closing out a 15-0 victory, Cherryville rolled to a 10-0 win in Game 2 on Friday to clinch yet another Area IV championship, their 19th, and clinch a top seed heading into Wednesday’s state tournament.

Samuel Duncan drove in four of Post 100’s 15 runs in the series opener on Friday, going 2 for 3 at the plate to ignite the Cherryville offense.

Zach Wilson, Cole Irby, Brett Mason, Collin Robinson along with Duncan each had two hits in Thursday’s Game 1. Zane Brockman and Will Heavner both drove in a pair of Post 100 runs.

Wilson, the Cherryville starter on the mound, was dominant. The righthander pitched four shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Wilson struck out four Rutherford hitters and walked none.

Noah Ingle pitched a perfect fifth inning in relief, striking out all three batters that he faced.

Alex Clark had the lone hit for Rutherford County in Game 1 of the series, as Cherryville faced just one batter over the minimum 15 in a five-inning contest.

Then on Friday evening, Post 100 completed the two-game sweep with a 10-0 six-inning shutout win over the short-handed Rutherford County (16-9) squad.

Joseph Webb picked up the win on the hill, and also delivered a run-scoring double at the plate.

Cole Irby had a pair of hits for

Cherryville, who improved to 19-5 on the season.

Post 100, along with Rutherford Post 423 will participate in the North Carolina State Tournament that gets underway at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Fraley Field.

The other six participants include Fuquay-Varina and Wayne County from Area I, Wilmington and Port City from Area II and Rowan County and Kannapolis from Area III.

Fuquay-Varina, Wilmington, Rowan County and Cherryville were the four area champions.  (Published July 26, 2021)

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