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Cherryville Takes Second Straight State Legion Title
By Ronald Kiser

 

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CHERRYVILLE. With a pair of dramatic come from behind 10-9 wins here last week over Pitt County, Post 100 chalked up their second straight state legion baseball title.

Coached by Cherryville native Bobby Dale Reynolds, the 34-13 Cherryville team now heads to Gallatin, Tennessee for the Southeast Regionals. They meet the host team Thursday night in their opener.

Finding themselves down three games to two in the state finals, Post 100 returned to the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium where they stormed from behind a 9-6 deficit to win Game Six and scored six runs in the seventh to come from 9-4 down to win it all in Game Seven.

Paul Keener, just 0-1 with only 17 and one-third innings of experience, was the winning pitcher in Game Seven and right-hander John Mackie, who singled in the two winning runs in the seventh, nailed down a "save" with two innings of hitless relief.

Brad Lane doubled in two big runs in that wild seventh and Wes Hudson, who leads Post 100 with 68 hits doubled in yet another run. Leftfielder Josh Cobb saved the day with an outstanding diving catch of a sinking fly ball in the top of the eighth.

Post 100 is averaging 14.1 hits per game good for 11.2 runs. Outstanding is their 93 home runs in 47 games. Post 100 hitters have crashed at least one homer in 26 of 28 play-off games. The play-off mark is 20-8.

Coach Reynolds is 205-128 as legion coach but in six-plus years here, he’s 118-76

Ralph Roberts with 21 homers and a 438 average to go with a 11-1 pitching tab and 162 strikeouts in 101 innings is leader of the pack but he has an outstanding supporting cast. Seven regulars are hitting over 300 and four regulars have batted in 30 or more runs.

Roberts leads in that department with 51.