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Whiteville takes key Legion win over Hope Mills

Revised on: 06.25.2018 at 11:37 a.m.

Posted on: 06.21.2018 at 05:05 p.m.

Brooks Baldwin continued a stellar string of spring pitching performances, allowing just two hits in Whiteville Post 137’s 3-1 win over the Hope Mills Boosters at Whiteville’s Legion Stadium. The win offsets a 3-1 Booster win over Whiteville on June 3. Post 137 is now 5-1 in Area II play while Hope Mills drops to 7-3.

Scott Bowen scored Whiteville’s first run after being ruled safe on this close play at third.

Scott Bowen walked to lead off the Post 137 third. He stole second and third base. After a shallow fly out to left field,  A.J. Brooks’ ground out to second base scored Bowen with the game’s first run.

Will Hinson and Owen McDowell singled to start the home half of the fourth. Jake Butler’s sac bunt moved the runners to second and third. Bowen’s hit to left field scored Hinson, but McDowell was called out on a play at the plate.

Hope Mills cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth. A lead off walk, stolen base, single and fielder’s choice plated the Boosters lone score of the evening.

McDowell doubled to lead off the Whiteville sixth, moving to third when the Hope Mills center fielder misplayed the ball. He scored later in the frame on a wild pitch.

Post 137 catcher Jake Butler tags out Bladen Strickland after Brooks Baldwin picked Strickland off third base in the first inning. Also pictured is Jerry Locklear (28).

Other than one Hope Mills runner who scored, Baldwin allowed only one other Booster runner to reach third base. He struck out seven and walked two. Baldwin used just 89 pitches to go the distance. A key play took place in the top of the first when Baldwin picked off Hope Mills’ Bladen Strickland from third base for the final out of the inning.

Whiteville will play in the Palmetto Invitational June 22-24 in Aynor, SC at the high school field. Friday, Whiteville faces Garner, NC at 8 p.m. Saturday, Whiteville will play Horry County, SC, also at 8 p.m. Post 137 will face Frederick, MD Sunday at a time to be announced.

Post 137 returns to league play Monday with a home contest against Pleasure Island, rescheduled from June18. Tuesday, Whiteville will host Wallace Post 156. Friday and Saturday have Whiteville on the road at Port City and Jacksonville. Post 137 finishes regular season play with a home double header against Wilmington Post 10 Sunday, July 1.

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