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June 26, 2014

Post 76 juniors beat Kannapolis Reds, lose to South Rowan

Thursday, June 26, 2014 — The 2014 season has been a year of streaks for the Stanly County American Legion junior baseball team.

After starting the season 7-0, Post 76 has hit a rough patch, entering play this week on a four-game losing streak, including three conference losses.

Stanly started this week with a non-conference road win at the Kannapolis Reds, 10-5, then returned to league play Tuesday in an 11-8 road loss to South Rowan.

Stanly County 10, Kannapolis Reds 5

Post 76 built, then lost, a five-run lead then exploded in the top of the 10th for five runs in the road win.

Mason Sweet pitched six innings of relief and allowed two earned runs with no walks and eight strikeouts, picking up the win for Stanly.

Stanly jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Eli Blake singled to right field and later scored on a wild pitch.

Post 76 added four more runs in the top of the third inning, all with two outs. Seth Smyly reached on an error and scored on a Stewart Laws RBI single, then Preston Burleson and Sweet both drew walks. A fielding error by Kannapolis scored two more runs to put Stanly up by five.

In the bottom of the sixth, Kannapolis added three runs, including two on an RBI single, then sent the game to extra innings in the seventh with two runs, one on a steal of home and the other on a sacrifice fly.

Stanly loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 10th inning and scored five times. Sweet had an RBI single and Andrew Kitts drove in two with a double. Chase Frick then brought home Sweet and Kitts with a two-RBI single to left.

Post 76 then set the Reds down in order in the bottom of the 10th for the victory.

Aaron Walters started the game for Stanly and allowed no earned runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts in three innings of work. Jarrod Swaringen pitched a scoreless fourth inning for Post 76.

SC    104    000    000    5    10    11    1

KR    000    003    200    0    5    12    3    

WP – Mason Sweet (6 IP, 2 ER, 9 hits, 0 BB, 8 K)

Leading Hitters: SC – Andrew Kitts 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Eli Blake 2-5; Chase Frick 1-2, 2 RBI; Stone Russell 1-2; Stewart Laws 1-4, RBI; Mason Sweet 1-4, RBI.

South Rowan 11, Stanly County 8

The Post 76 juniors returned to conference play on Tuesday night with a road game at South Rowan.

Stanly jumped out to a big early lead but the host team scored seven times in the bottom of the sixth and earned an 11-8 win.

Jarrod Swaringen took the loss for Stanly County (8-5, 1-4 conf.) in five innings of work. Aaron Walters came on in the sixth inning and allowed three earned runs on one hit with three walks.

Preston Burleson drew a bases-loaded walk followed by an Andrew Kitts RBI single to give Stanly a two-run lead in the top of the first.

After host South Rowan retook the lead with three runs, Post 76 charged back and regained a one-run advantage on one swing of the bat. Seth Smyly’s two-run blast to left field scored Andrew Oke and himself to pull Stanly ahead 4-3.

The visitors continued to work on building a lead in the top of the third with four more runs. Mason Sweet singled and later scored on Kitts’ bunt single. Later, with the bases loaded, Smyly reached on an error that scored three runs.

South Rowan began chipping away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a run scored on a wild pitch, then the bottom fell out for Stanly in the sixth.

Five walks, including three with the bases loaded, and an RBI double helped host South Rowan score seven runs in the sixth.

Stanly County went in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Post 76 continues conference play in the next four games, all of which are on the road. Stanly travels to Montgomery tonight then plays a doubleheader at West Rowan on Saturday, making up an earlier rainout.

The juniors then play at Rowan County on Sunday before two non-conference games to wrap up the regular season.

SC    224    000    0    8    7    0

SR    300    107    x    11    10    2    

WP – Ashworth (4 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 BB, 1 K)

LP – Jarrod Swaringen (5 IP, 8 ER, 9 hits, 4 BB, 1 K)

S – Joyce

Leading Hitters: SC – Seth Smyly 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Mason Sweet 2-4, 2B; Andrew Kitts 2-4, 2 RBI; Andrew Oke 1-2. SR – Wilson 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Purcell 2-3, RBI.

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