Shelby powers past Caldwell
Shelby Post 82 jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, resulting in a 13-5 victory over Caldwell County Post 29 in game two of the second round of the Area IV playoffs on Tuesday night at M.S. Deal Stadium.
“They out hit us tonight,” said Caldwell head coach Myron Day. “I think the three days rest they had, compared to a hard-fought, five-game series we just came out of is really starting to show.”
With the Shelby win, Post 82 takes a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Shelby can advance to the Area IV semifinals with a win over Caldwell tonight at Keeter Stadium.
Shelby jumped all over Caldwell, scoring the first eight runs of the game, five of which were scored on home runs. Bradley Evans hit his first of two home runs in the game with a solo shot in the top of the first inning to give Post 82 a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third inning, Dustin Jones hit a leadoff single and Jackson Mims followed with a two-run home run to left field. Later in the inning, Nick Hastings hit an RBI double and Chandler Young hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 5-0.
Post 82 added another three runs in the fourth inning. Cody Fitch hit a leadoff double and scored on an RBI groundout by Mims. Jay Seagle followed with a walk, before Evans hit a two-run shot to give Shelby a commanding 8-0 lead.
On the mound, Carpenter did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning. He allowed an unearned run in the top of the sixth on an RBI groundout by Grayam Austin.
Carpenter threw the first seven innings and allowed just three runs on four hits. His two main blemishes came in the bottom of the seventh inning when John Austin and Mason Biddix each connected for solo shots to cut the Shelby lead to 10-3. Carpenter also struck out 12 batters in the winning effort.
Post 82 added three runs in the eighth to put the 10-run mercy rule in effect. Ryan Luckadoo hit a two-run double and Young followed with an RBI single.
However, Post 29 responded with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to extend the game. John Austin hit his second home run of the game, this time a two-run shot. Caldwell would not threaten in the ninth.
Through the first two games of this best-of-five series, the teams have combined to hit nine home runs.
The two teams will be back in action for game three tonight. The first pitch from Keeter Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.