Caldwell takes two
Caldwell County Post 29 improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Area IV West Division with victories over Hickory Post 48 and Haywood County Post 47 on Friday and Saturday respectively.
"We're hitting the ball really well right now," said Post 29 head coach Myron Day. "We're seeing the bell well and we're taking a good approach up at the plate. Casey Justice (assistant coach) is doing a great job with the hitters. We're really starting to gel as a team."
On Friday, Post 29 pounded out 16 hits to claim an 11-7 victory over Hickory.
Trailing 2-0 heading to the bottom of the third, Caldwell went on to score six runs on six hits. Dylan Hamel drew a one-out walk, before Taylor Purus singled and Taylor Powell walked to load the bases. Brett Macchia Followed with an RBI single and Zac Walker hit an RBI double to give the 29ers a 3-2 lead. Tre Harper and Mason Biddix also hit RBI singles in the inning.
Post 29 extended its lead to 10-2 with four more runs in the fifth inning. Trevor Beane and Purus each hit RBI doubles in the inning, while Hamel hit an RBI sacrifice fly. Biddix, Powell and Macchia also hit singles in the inning.
Hickory countered with two runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 10-4. Post 29 added an insurance run in the sixth. Biddix hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Trent Wakefield. Post 48 added three runs in the seventh to make the score 11-7, but would get no closer.
Madison Cook picked up the win for Caldwell. He threw the first six innings and allowed four runs. Andrew Tilghman picked up his second save of the season.
On Saturday, the 29ers defeated Haywood County 6-3.
Caldwell struck first with a run in the first inning. Biddix hit a leadoff double and moved to third on a single by Purus. Hamel then hit an RBI ground out to score Biddix and give Post 29 a 1-0 lead.
Haywood countered with a run in the second to tie the game. Three Caldwell errors in the inning allowed Zach Lennane to score.
In the bottom of the second, it was Caldwell's turn to take advantage of Haywood errors. Macchia reached on an error to lead off the inning and Powell followed with a double. Zac Walker then reached on an error that allowed two runs to score to give the 29ers a 3-1 lead.
Post 29 added a run in the third inning. Hamel hit a two-out double and scored on an RBI single by Macchia. However, the Dragoons fired back with two runs in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, a wild pitch with an error allowed two runs to score to cut the Caldwell lead to 4-3.
The 29ers went back to work in the bottom of the sixth. Macchia hit a leadoff double before Phillip Page hit a two-out, RBI double down the left field line. Tre Harper followed with an RBI triple to extend the lead back to 6-3. Haywood County would get no closer.
John Austin picked up the win for Post 29. He threw five and two-third innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits. Austin Miller threw the final three and one-third innings and struck out five batters.
"I can't say enough about our pitching tonight," said Day. "John Austin threw the ball well and Austin Miller came in and shut them down for the last few innings. Brett Parham (assistant coach) has done a great job with our pitchers."
Caldwell County will return to action today with a road trip out to Haywood County. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.