Cherryville can’t overcome 10-run deficit, falls to Wilmington 14-12

Game 14 of the ALB NC State Tournament

Cherryville Post 100 gave a gallant effort, but in the end could not erase a 10-0 deficit in falling to Wilmington Post 10 by a score of 14-12 in Monday’s second semifinal game of the American Legion Baseball State Tournament at Fraley Field in Cherryville.

Wilmington took advantage of four walks and a hit batsman in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to an 8-0 lead.  Rocco Farmintino had the big blow in the inning, delivering a two-out bases-loaded triple.

Post 10 added single runs in both the second and third innings to stretch the lead to 10 -0, and was three outs away from ending the game in five innings before Cherryville began their rally.

Jared Emory and Zach WIlson each produced singles and scored in Post 100’s 3-run fifth, and Robbie Cowie supplied a sacrifice fly RBI.

Cherryville (29-12) got as close as 10-5 in the top of the sixth inning thanks in part to a run-scoring single from Wilson and an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Levi Kiser. 

But Wilmington (22-2) would add four insurance runs in the bottom of the inning, and boy would  they wind up being big. A 3-run homer by Shane Nolan with no outs in the inning was the final blow that sealed Post 100’s fate.

However, the gritty Cherryville team never quit.  Cowie led off the seventh with a solo blast over the left-field fence, and Colson Miller followed with a base hit.  After a pitching change, Samuel Duncan was hit by a pitch and Dillon Robinson drew a one-out walk. 

Wilson then added a run with an RBI single and Kiser followed with a two-run base hit that drew Post 100 to within seven at 14-9 with two outs.  Wes Reynolds followed with a 3-run home run to make it a 14-12 game, as close as Cherryville had been all night.

But relief pitcher Jac Croom then got a groundout to his shortstop to put and end to not only the Cherryville rally, but their season as well.

Wilson led Post 100 at the plate, collecting 3 of the teams’ nine base hits.  Robinson walked three times and scored three runs, and Kiser and Reynolds each drove in three runs.  

Max Hildreth had three hits and 3 RBIs to lead Wilmington, and Croom, Nolan and Zach Zabriske added two hits each.  

Big righthander Alex Sniffen picked up the win on the hill for Post 10.  Sniffen, a N.C. Central commit, gave up five runs on 3 hits in 5.1 innings of work, striking out 13 Cherryville hitters and walking three.  Fifteen of Post 100’s 21 outs made were by strikeout. Dalton Pence took the loss for Cherryville.  

The win puts Wilmington in today’s N.C. State Championship Game against Fuquay Varina.  Fuquay defeated Randolph County earlier in the day on Monday by a 3-0 score to advance.  

Cherryville   000 032 7 – 12  9 2

Wilmington  811 004 x –  14 11 2