Caldwell dominates Mint Hill
Caldwell County Post 29 advanced to the second round of the Area IV playoffs after dominating Mint Hill in a 20-8 victory over Post 4059 on Sunday in Mint Hill.
“I was really impressed with the way we bounced back after game four,” said Caldwell head coach Myron Day. “We got back to playing Post 29 baseball and now we have an opportunity to play against a Shelby team we have a lot of history with.”
Post 29 moves on to play Shelby Post 82. Game one of this best-of-five series will be at Shelby tonight at 7 p.m. Caldwell will host Shelby in game two on Tuesday.
Shelby swept the season series winning at Shelby 5-0 and at Caldwell 10-0.
The story of the game was the pitching performance by Madison Cook. Pitching after just one day of rest, Cook came in with two outs in the top of the fourth inning and pitched the final five and one-third innings. He allowed just two runs on eight hits and he struck out five batters.
"Madison Cook really stepped up big for us tonight," Day said. "I can't say enough about his effort and desire to want the ball in that situation."
Caldwell held just an 8-7 lead through the first four innings, before scoring 12 unanswered, including seven in the top of the ninth. Cook held Mint Hill scoreless until it scored one run in the bottom of the ninth.
John Austin paced the Post 29 offense with six RBIs. He hit two, two-run doubles and added a two-run single. Grayam Austin reached base five out of six at-bats. He scored all five times he reached base. Dylan Hamel went 3-5, including two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. Taylor Purus had two hits, including two RBIs and three runs scored.
In the five games combined this series, the 29ers pounded out 79 hits en route to scoring 54 runs.
"Our approach at the plate this series was the best it's been all year," said Day. "We need to continue that approach this next series if we want to beat a very good Shelby team."