Revised on: 07.15.2018 at 12:21 p.m.
Posted on: 07.14.2018 at 08:39 a.m.
Whiteville Post 137 swept Jacksonville Post 265 by scores of 3-1 and 16-2 to win its Area II first round, best-of-three series. The series opened Thursday in Whiteville, but play was stopped due to rain with the score tied one-all in the fourth inning.
Post 137 used a two-run homer by Gage Hammonds and an outstanding relief pitching performance from Dylan Lawson to grab the 3-1 victory when game one play was resumed. The completion of game one took place in Jacksonville prior to game two.
Whiteville led 1-0 after three frames. Dawson Elliott’s double scored Hammonds with the game’s first run. Whiteville starter Jeremiah Locklear gave up his only two hits in the fourth. Those hits coupled with a walk tied the score at one.
Hammonds’ home run came with no outs in the fifth and followed A.J. Brooks reaching base on an error. Lawson, who came on to record a strikeout to end the Jacksonville fourth, retired 10 of the final 11 Post 265 hitters. Lawson did not allow a hit, struck out six and walked one.
Owen McDowell was a perfect 3 for 3 for Post 137. Hammonds collected two singles in addition to his homer.
The Whiteville offense, with an assist from Jacksonville’s defense awoke in game two. A RBI triple by Hammonds and run-scoring single by Elliott along with two walks and two errors gave Post 137 a 4-0 advantage after one inning. Hammonds’ second round-tripper of the day gave Post 137 a 6-0 lead. A walk, Noah Evington’s RBI double and an error stretched the lead to 8-0.
Jacksonville scored its only two runs in the bottom of the second without benefit of a hit. After a scoreless third, Whiteville added three runs in the fourth on just one hit. Jeremiah Locklear’s single drove in one run. Owen McDowell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score another. Brooks Baldwin’s sac fly upped the lead to 11-2.
Daniel Carter allowed just one Post 265 hit. After Houston Lish singled with one out in the fourth, Whiteville brought Jacob Allgood to the mound. Allgood’s second pitch resulted in a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Allgood retired six of the next seven batters. Baldwin pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
With the game in hand, Whiteville still scored five insurance runs in the seventh inning. The big blow came from the bat of Will Hinson. Dylan Lawson singled in Baldwin, who walked to lead off the inning. With the bases loaded, Hinson drove a 1-1 pitch out of the park for a grand slam home run. That made the final score 16-2.
Gage Hammonds homered and tripled for Whiteville. Noah Evington collected two hits and scored three runs. Brooks Baldwin added two singles. Dawson Elliott singled, walked thrice and scored four times. Will Hinson also walked three times in addition to his grand slam.
Whiteville is scheduled to face Wallace in game one of a best-of-three series beginning Tuesday in Whiteville. Game two will be in Wallace Wednesday. Game three, if necessary, would be back in Whiteville Thursday. Wallace defeated Hope Mills two games to none in opening round action.