7-9-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball, Local Hall of Fame
By Richard Walker
Cherryville had to wait a week to play its first American Legion baseball playoff game but Post 100 shook off the rust quickly in a 6-2 win Friday night over visiting Lincoln County in the opener of a best-of-five N.C. Area IV quarterfinal series.
Cherryville (12-5) visits Lincoln County (4-3) at East Lincoln’s The Corral on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second game of the series.
After yielding a run in the top of the first inning, Cherryville tied the score in the bottom of the inning before a five-run third inning gave Post 100 a comfortable 6-1 lead.
Reliever Noah Huss got the pitching victory and Zach Wilson got the save. Will Heavner (two hits, one RBI) led the Post 100 offense.
For Lincoln County, Sam Carpenter (two hits, one RBI) and Cade Doolittle (double) were standouts.
Rutherford County 9, Gaston Braves 5: Rutherford County scored eight runs in the first four innings, then held off a Gaston Braves rally to win the best-of-five quarterfinal series opener at South Point High’s Raider Field.
Jackson Risk and Drew Wofford had one hit and two RBIs each to lead the offense for the Braves, who host Rutherford County in the second game on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Queen City 5, Cleveland County 1: Donavan Henkel struck out nine and pitched a two-hitter and helped himself with two hits and two RBIs as Queen City knocked off Cleveland County in the opener of their best-of-five quarterfinal series at Keeter Stadium at Veterans Field.
Boone Cartee, who struck out six in a seven-hitter to be the hard-luck loser, got both hits for Cleveland County (10-5). Cleveland County visits Queen City at Charlotte’s Southview Recreation Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Burke at Mint Hill: The opener was rained out Friday and the teams will play a doubleheader at Independence High School starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame
The Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame will hold a two-year induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Central United Methodist Church.
The 2020 ceremony, which had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be honored along with the 2021 induction class.
The 2020 class is comprised of Joseph Bell, Marquiz Williamson, Jim Medlin, Tim Riddle, David Ray Robinson, Diane Williams and the 1999 Kings Mountain High boys track team. Johnny Gamble will receive the 2020 Distinguished Service Award.
The 2021 class is comprised of Will Wilson, Trina Hamrick and Monty Deaton and Julie Rikard will receive the 2021 Distinguished Service Award. less
The Gastonia Honey Hunters recorded their largest win in team history Friday night in a 18-2 win at Lancaster. It also marked the most runs the team has ever scored in its history.
The Honey Hunters (16-20) visit Lancaster again on Friday night.