Whiteville’s opener at Wilmington Post 10 was washed out, so the series will start on Tuesday at Wilmington with game 2 at West Columbus Wednesday.
Whiteville Post 137 opened the Area II American Legion playoffs with a two-game sweep of Wallace Post 156. Whiteville will now take on regular season champion Wilmington Post 10 in a best of three series beginning Tuesday at Buck Hardee Field in Wilmington.
Friday night Tyler McDuffie’s two-out, bases loaded, ninth inning double cleared the bases and propelled Whiteville to a 5-2 victory. A lead off single by Brooks Baldwin, sacrifice bunt by A.J Brooks and walks to Gage Hammonds and Hunter Ashburn with a strikeout sandwiched between preceded McDuffie’s heroics. Brooks drove in Baldwin in the first and Hammonds’ double plated Brooks in the fifth to give Post 137 a 2-0 lead. Wallace tied the game with a run in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Brooks Baldwin was three for four to lead Whiteville. A.J. Brooks had two hits, as did Tyler McDuffie and Chase Lewis. Baldwin pitched the first five innings. Daniel Carter threw three innings, picking up the victory. Travin Squires pitched the ninth to earn the save.
Wallace opened the scoring on Saturday evening using a walk and double to take a 1-0 lead. Trey Parrish’s base hit scored Post 137’s Dawson Elliott to tie the game in the second. Hunter Ashburn’s double scored two more Whiteville runs in the third. Chase Lewis drove in Will Hinson for a 5-1 Whiteville advantage after four complete innings.
Post 137 put the game and series away with 10 runs on seven hits, four walks and an error in the fifth and six innings. The game was called with the score 15-1 after six and one-half innings due to the run rule.
Gage Hammonds collected two hits and drove in four runs for Whiteville. Will Hinson contributed two doubles and scored three times for Post 137. Dawson Elliott connected for two hits and also scored thrice. Trey Parrish added two hits and picked up the win, allowing five hits in five and two-third innings. A.J. Brooks pitched the final one and one-third innings.