Down two games to none in a best of seven series in the Area IV semifinals of American Legion baseball, Coach Bobby Reynolds' Post 100 team is one win away from a trip to the state tournament at Campbell University after an extra inning 3-2 win at Fraley Field Monday night.
Like three of the other games in the series, Monday night's was a pitchers duel. Gaston Braves (Posts 144-266) pitcher Aaron Main made it into the eighth inning, giving up just seven hits and a single run. Post 100 starter Joseph Webb allowed only one hit through the first five innings, walked just two batters, and finally got pulled in the inning after giving up just the fifth hit by the Braves. Ironically, had Post 100 not scored the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the eighth, he would have been the losing pitcher; but they did. In a most unusual play, Cherryville scored twice, and it was reliver Kohl Irby who got the win and not Webb.
Jacob Hamrick gave Post 100 a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the second inning, and that score didn't change until the seventh. Daniel McClellan, whose strikeout had ended the Sunday night game with the bases loaded, made up for that with a triple to the centerfield wall in the top of the 7th Monday night. A single by Julian Hall, at that point only the third Braves hit, scored McClellan and tied the score at one-all. Another single by Dylan OWenby loaded the bases, but Webb the recorded his 6th and 7th strikeouts to keep the score at 1-1.
Cherryville went three up and three down in the bottom of the 7th.
In the eighth, the Braves took their first lead of the night, and trailing 2-1, Cherryville needed at least one run to keep playing. Irby walked; then Ashton Pope got hit by a pitch. Will Fowler hit a fly to center that should have been an easy out but it was bobbled. That first error was compounded by another and Post 100 scored not one, but two runs on the play to win the game.
Game six in the series will be played Tuesday night at South Point High School, and if necessary, a seventh game would be played Wednesday at Fraley Field, but Post 100 is hoping for a fourth win in a row instead.