CHERRYVILLE—The Cherryville Post 100 baseball team maintained their two-game lead in the Area IV Western Division with a 3-1 rain-shortened win over Rutherford County Monday night at Fraley Field in Cherryville.
Post 100 got a complete-game win out of starting pitcher Seth Willis, who allowed just one unearned run on two Rutherford Post 423 hits. The righthander walked just one, while striking out five.
Rutherford County got on the board in the top of the third inning when Kael Snethen reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on an infield error to take a 1-0 lead.
But Cherryville responded, scoring all three of their runs in the home half of the inning to take the lead for good.
Dylan Beaver dropped down a bunt single to lead off the inning, and two batters later Wes Reynolds doubled in the gap. After Robbie Cowie was intentionally walked to load the bases, Colson Miller’s RBI groundout to short evened the game up.
Brandon Lail then followed with a big two-out 2-run single that scored both Reynolds and Cowie with the go-ahead runs.
From that point on, Willis was in cruise control on the mound. The West Lincoln graduate sat down 8 of the final nine batters that he faced. Willis did walk the leadoff batter in the top of the sixth inning and forced a ground-ball fielder’s choice for an out before the thunderstorm set in that would eventually lead to the game being called with one out in the sixth.
Under American Legion Baseball rules, a game that is scheduled for 7 innings is a complete game once the trailing team has batted at least five times.
Post 100 ended the game with just three hits, but that was enough for the rain-shortened victory. All three of Cherryville’s base hits came in the 3-run third inning.
Post 423’s only two hits came on an infield single from Jordan Harris in the first inning, and another single in the third from Walker Waters.
With the win, Cherryville improved to 13-7 on the season, but more importantly 8-1 in division play. Rutherford County falls to 6-5, with all games within the division.
Post 100 was to play a doubleheader on Tuesday against Henderson County Post 77 at East Rutherford High School, before traveling to T.C. Roberson High School today for another doubleheader against Asheville Post 70.
Cherryville will play a division game at Hickory on Thursday, then face Wayne County in a doubleheader on Friday at Boshamer Stadium at the University of North Carolina. Post 100 is set to end the regular season this Saturday with a non-division game at Randolph County.
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