For Cherryville Post 100 head coach Bobby Reynolds, reaching a milestone or winning a championship is not really breaking news or bulletin board material. After all, the winningest American Legion Baseball coach in North Carolina history has 5 Legion state championships to go along with his 6 high school state titles.
But on Monday night at Fraley Field in Cherryville, the coach reached yet another milestone with his team’s 11-0 win over the Lincoln County Cardinals. Reynolds picked up win number 700 as the leader of Post 100, giving him 790 total Legion victories that includes his stint with Gastonia Post 23.
“A coach is only as good as his players,” said Reynolds. “I say thank you to all of my current and former players. 700 in 31 years, that’s a credit to all the players. Each crowd (team) has lived up to the crowd before them. And the assistants. I’ve had great guys with me. We’re a well-oiled machine behind the scenes.”
Three Cherryville pitchers combined to one-hit Lincoln County, with starter Noah Ingle going the first five innings to pick up the win. Ingle pitched his way out of a couple jams in the top of the first and fifth innings, allowing one hit along the way. The rising Cherryville High School senior struck out one while walking four.
Zane Beaver retired all three batters that he faced in the sixth inning, and Robbie Cowie closed the door by striking out the side in the seventh.
Post 100 scratched in the bottom of the third inning when Cowie reached on a base on balls, Samuel Duncan followed with a single and both later scored. They extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth on singles by Brent Walls, Elliott Greene and Samuel Duncan (RBI), coupled with a misplayed ball in the outfield.
But the big blow to the Cardinals came in the home half of the sixth. Cherryville sent twelve men to the plate in the 7-run inning, highlighted by a three-run double off the bat of Chris Moxley. Cowie drove in a pair of runs in the same inning, and Wes Reynolds and Dylan Beaver also contributed with base hits. Post 100 collected five walks in the big inning, and three of those came across to score.
Reynolds, Duncan and Walls all had 2 hits to lead Cherryville at the plate, and Moxley’s double was the only extra-base hit of the game for either side. Duncan also provided a pair of RBIs for Post 100.
David Borges’ third inning two-out single in the top of the third inning was the only hit of the night for Post 455, who was outhit by Cherryville ten to one.
Andrew Patrick, the Lincoln County starting pitcher, took the loss on the mound. The CVCC product gave up two runs on three hits, striking out 5 and walking four. J.T. Thress, Karson Williams and Jackson Farnsworth all pitched in relief for the Cardinals.
With the win, Post 100 improved to 8-5 on the season and remained a perfect 5-0 in the Western Division of Area IV. Cherryville was scheduled to play at Mint Hill on Tuesday night, before a seven-day layoff.
“We’re 8-5 and 5-0 in the division,” Reynolds said, “and we’ve yet to have a complete lineup here. “We’re still looking at six or seven guys to be our 7, 8 and 9 hitters. And we’re pitching heavy.”
The Cardinals dropped to 5-7 overall, and remained 4-3 in the Eastern Division. Lincoln County was scheduled to host Hickory on Tuesday, and travel to Mint Hill on Saturday.