Caldwell Post 29 pounds Henderson, 9-1
After dropping three straight Area IV Western Division contests, Caldwell County Post 29 bounced back with a 9-1 victory over Henderson County Post 77 on Monday in East Flat Rock.
"I was really impressed with our approach tonight," said Post 29 head coach Myron Day. "We just have to learn to put people away when we get a lead.
"Austin Miller swung the bat really well tonight. He's starting to develop into a big hitter and a big pitcher for us."
Post 29 (9-3 overall, 4-3 Area IV West) scored its first run in the second inning. After Brett Macchia walked and Miller single, a successful double steal allowed Macchia to score. Then in the fourth inning, Macchia drew a walk and Miller followed with a two-run home run to extend the lead to 3-0.
The 29ers added three more insurance runs in the fifth. Taylor Purus hit a leadoff double and scored when Grayam Austin reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Dylan Hamel was then hit by a pitch and Austin stole third. The throw to third on the stolen base sailed into the outfield, allowing Austin to score. Hamel advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double-play ground out to make the score 6-0.
In the top of the sixth inning, Trent Wakefield singled and later scored on yet another Henderson error. Then in the seventh, Hamel hit a leadoff double and later scored on an RBI double by Miller to increase the lead to 8-0. Miller finished the day with four hits, three RBIs and a run scored.
Henderson scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Dalton Whitaker reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on an RBI single by Patrick Jackson.
In the top of the ninth, Hamel added another insurance run with a towering home run over the scoreboard in left field to make the score 9-1.
Madison Cook picked up the win with a stellar pitching performance. He threw the first seven innings and allowed just the one run on seven hits, while striking out six. In a stretch from the third through the sixth inning, Cook retired eight straight Henderson batters.
"Madison did a great job tonight," Day said. "He gave us seven solid innings. He's getting better every time he steps on the mound."
Caldwell returns home tonight as Burke County Post 21 comes to town. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at M.S. Deal Stadium.