Caldwell crushes Cherryville

29ers walk off against Henderson
Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:19 AM
Caldwell County Post 29 dominated Cherryville with a 14-2 victory in seven innings over Post 100 on Saturday in Granite Falls.
"This is definitely our biggest win since I've been head coach," said Post 29 head coach Myron Day. "Give credit to the kids. They came out fired up and ready to go. They never stopped and there was never a doubt in their minds that they would win this game. If we come out like that every game, we can be a really good team.
"I also have to give a lot of credit to my assistant coaches Casey Justice, Brett Parham and Jake Macchia. They are great at what they do and I couldn't do it without them."
After Cherryville took a 1-0 lead in the second, Caldwell responded by scoring 9 unanswered runs.
In the bottom of the second inning, Brett Macchia reached on an error, followed by back-to-back singles to load the bases by Austin Miller and Taylor Powell. Mason Biddix followed with an RBI walk and Grayam Austin hit a sacrifice fly to give Caldwell a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, Taylor Purus hit a two-run triple to deep right center.
The 29ers scored five runs over the next three innings. In the third, Macchia singled and later scored on an RBI single by Powell. In the fourth inning, Grayam Austin doubled and moved to third on a bunt single by Tre Harper. After Purus walked, Trent Wakefield hit an RBI fielder's choice and Dylan Hamel hit an RBI single to make the score 7-1.
Caldwell added two unearned runs in fifth. Miller and Powell reached on back-to-back singles and both would score on a Cherryville error.
Post 29 put the game completely out of reach with five runs in the sixth, sparked by a two-run double to right by Grayam Austin. Cherryville never threatened in the top of the seventh.
Purus picked up the win for Caldwell. He threw all seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out six.
On Friday, Post 29 scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim a 6-5 victory over Henderson County Post 77.
With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Hamel drew a leadoff walk and Macchia followed with a double to left center. Then with Powell at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Hamel to score and give Caldwell the victory.
"That was a big win for us after a long layoff," said Caldwell head coach Myron Day. "Austin Miller did a great job on the mound for us and Brett Macchia came up with a clutch hit in the ninth."
Miller earned a no-decision for Caldwell. He threw seven innings and allowed four runs (two earned) and he struck out eight. Andrew Tilghman picked up the win.
The 29ers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Purus hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Beane. Macchia followed with an RBI single to score Purus. Powell then reached on an error to score Hamel.
Henderson tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. With two runners on, Dalton McKee hit an RBI single and an error on the same play allowed a second run to score.
Miller put Post 29 back on top in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot over the wall in left center. However, Henderson came right back to tie it in the top of the fifth. Zack Oberlies reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Patrick Jackson to score and tie the game at 3-3.
Caldwell added a run in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Hamel singled and Macchia followed with an RBI double center. Then in the sixth, Purus hit a sacrifice fly to score Wakefield.
Henderson came back to tie it once again with a run in both the seventh and eight innings. A Caldwell error allowed Wes Brady to score in the seventh and an RBI double by Jackson in the eighth allowed McKee to score and tie the game at 5-5. Post 29 then went on to win it in the bottom of the ninth.
Caldwell will host Asheville in a doubleheader today at 3 p.m.