Asheville sweeps Post 29
Caldwell County Post 29 dropped both games of its doubleheader with Asheville Post 70 on Sunday at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls.
"We couldn't get the big hits and we just didn't make enough plays to win," said Caldwell assistant coach Casey Justice. "We didn't have enough focus and we weren't the same team we were last night (Saturday)."
In game one on Sunday, Asheville held off a late Caldwell rally to claim a 7-5 victory.
Post 29 jumped out to a quick lead in the bottom of the first. Taylor Purus hit a leadoff triple to deep right center and scored on an RBI ground out by Trent Wakefield.
Asheville responded with three runs in the top of the fourth. Ryan Maynor and Nolen Lisenbee each hit RBI singles in the inning and Trevor Stockhousen hit an RBI sacrifice fly.
The 29ers came back to tie the game with a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Mason Biddix and Grayam Austin hit back-to-back, two-singles. Tre Harper followed with an RBI single to center. Then in the fifth, Trent Wakefield hit a leadoff single and later moved to third on a single by Austin Miller. A balk by Asheville pitcher Carson Jones allowed Wakefield to score and tie the game at 3-3.
Post 70 took the lead for good with four runs in the top of the sixth. Bryce Hensley hit a two-run double for Asheville, while Stockhousen and Jones each hit RBI singles.
Caldwell came back with two runs in the sixth. Taylor Powell and Grayam Austin each drew walks and scored on an Asheville error. Post 29 loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but was unable to score.
In game two on Sunday, Asheville used two five-run innings en route to an 11-8 victory.
Post 70 scored five runs in the first inning. Casey Williams, Ryan Grainger and Maynor all hit RBI singles in the inning. David Brinkley grounded out to drive in a run for Asheville. Post 70 added another run in the second.
Post 29 responded with three runs in the second and three in the third. In the second inning, Powell, Miller and Zac Walker all scored thanks to two Asheville errors. Then in the third, Harper hit a two-run single and Purus hit an RBI single to tie the game at 6-6. Caldwell went on to take a one-run lead in the fifth. Biddix reached on an error and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Purus to give the 29ers a 7-6 lead.
Asheville fired right back with five more runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a three-run double by Alex Destino. Josh Weaver also hit an RBI single in the inning.
Caldwell got one run back in the sixth when Dylan Hamel hit a leadoff double and scored on an RBI double by Miller. However, the 29ers would get no closer.
Caldwell will next host Kings Mountain Post 155 on Wednesday at 7 p.m.