7-5-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball
By Richard Walker
The Gaston Braves moved within one victory of a North Carolina Area IV first round playoff victory over Caldwell County on Monday night with a 7-6 win at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.
The Braves (8-6) can advance into a quarterfinal series with one more win in the best-of-five series. The third game of the series is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at South Point High’s Raider Field.
In Monday’s victory, Logan Agosta (two hits, one RBI), Drew Wofford (two hits), Ayden Ledford (one hit, one RBI), Caleb Burr (one hit, one RBI) and Liam Brady (one hit, two RBIs) led the Post 144-266 offense and reliever Brady (4 1-3 innings) got the victory before Jake Bidoglio struck out the game’s last batter with two runners on base for the save.
Rutherford County 11, Gastonia 4: Gastonia drew nine walks off four Rutherford County pitchers but got only two hits (from Austin Wood and Ben Carpenter) and lost the second game of a best-of-five Area IV first round series.
Forest City’s McNair Field will be the site of the third game for a series that is now tied at one game apiece.
Junior Legion baseball
East Rutherford 9, Cherryville 2: Cherryville (10-1, 6-0) dropped its first game of the season at home in a non-division matchup. Cherryville hosts Burke County on Tuesday at 7 p.m., visits Hibriten on Friday and closes its regular season on Saturday at home against South Caldwell.
The Gastonia Honey Hunters lost 12-5 to the High Point on Monday to end the team’s 10-game homestand with a 4-6 record at Gastonia’s Caromont Health Park.
Gastonia (14-19) starts a 10-game road trip at Southern Maryland on Tuesday.