29ers shut down Burke County
Caldwell County Post 29 won its third straight game with a 7-1 victory over Burke County Post 21 on Wednesday at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.
"We waited entirely too long to start hitting the ball," said Post 29 head coach Myron Day. "We came out flat, but we rose to the occasion when we needed to."
Burke (0-12 overall, 0-12 Area IV West) took an early lead, scoring its lone run in the top of the first inning. Nathan Williams walked and Noah Eggers followed with a double to left. Luke Baker followed with an RBI single to center to score Williams. Eggers also attempted to score on the play, but Tre Harper gunned him down at home plate to end the inning.
Led by starter John Austin, the Post 29 pitching staff shut out Post 21 for the final eight innings. Austin threw the first six innings and allowed the one run on five hits, while striking out four. Taylor Purus and Andrew Tilghman combined to throw the final three shutout innings and allowed just one hit.
"John Austin did a great job for us on the mound tonight," Day said. "I'm real pleased with his effort."
Post 29 (10-3 overall, 5-3 Area IV West) tied the game with a run in the third inning. Trent Wakefield reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on an RBI single by Trevor Beane. Then in the fourth, Caldwell took the lead for a good when Taylor Powell stole home with the bases loaded and two outs.
The 29ers added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Dylan Hamel drew a leadoff walk and later scored on an RBI double by Austin Miller to extend the lead to 3-1.
Caldwell blew the game open with four runs in the eighth inning. Taylor Purus reached on an error to lead off and Hamel hit a double to put runners on second and third. After Powell was intentionally walked to load the bases, Brett Macchia hit an RBI single to right to score Purus. Miller followed with a two-run double to left to extend the lead to 6-1. In the last two games, Miller is 6-8 with a home run, three doubles and six RBIs. Macchia later came in to score when Wakefield reached on an error to make the score 7-1.
The 29ers will hit the road tonight when they travel to Kings Mountain Post 155. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"We're looking forward to going out to Kings Mountain tomorrow before a much-needed six days off," said Day. "Then we're really excited to play eight of our final 10 games at home before playoffs."