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June 16, 2014

Post 76 senior squad opens divisional play with win

Sunday, June 15, 2014 — The Stanly County American Legion senior baseball team continued the team’s 2014 schedule with four games scheduled in four nights.

After losing two games on the road, one shortened by rain, Post 76 opened divisional play on Thursday on the road at Post 51 Concord.

Stanly County 4, Concord 1

The locals got a strong pitching performance from the team’s starter and the bullpen while taking an early lead enroute to a 4-1 win.

Russ Weiker pitched 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball and got the win for Stanly County (6-10, 1-0 div.). Matt Lambert earned the save in relief in the ninth inning.

Derek Tucker put Stanly up two runs in the top of the first inning, scoring Rusty Brown and Zac Almond with a single.

Stanly added another run in the top of the third inning. Brown walked and later scored on an RBI groundout from Vance Deese to put the visitors up 3-0.

Post 76 added another run in the top of the eighth inning. Almond led off with a double to center field and later scored on an error for a 4-0 advantage.

Concord (6-7, 0-1) rallied for an unearned run in the top of the ninth, but Lambert came on and got a fielder’s choice and a strikeout to end the game.

Lambert also had the only multi-hit game of anyone on Thursday, going 2-for-4.

Weiker, Justin Crump and Lambert combined for Stanly to allow no earned runs on just two hits. Weiker also had eight strikeouts for Post 76, while Crump struck out two in .2 innings.

Stanly County continues on a three-game divisional road trip with a game Tuesday at Newman Park in Salisbury against Rowan County.

Post 76 then travels to Northwest Cabarrus High School on Wednesday for a road game with Kannapolis.

Stanly then starts a four-game home stand on Friday with a rematch against Concord.

SC    201    000    010    4    8    4

C    000    000    001    1    2    5

WP – Russ Weiker (7.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, 1 BB, 8 K)

LP – Ross (6 IP, 0 ER, 5 hits, 1 BB, 5 K)

Leading Hitters: SC – Trevor Wilson 1-4; Zac Almond 1-3, 2B; Derek Tucker 1-4, 2 RBI; David Singletary 1-3; Bryan Blanton 1-4; Matt Lambert 2-4; Brian Stevens 1-3. C – Ross 1-3;  Barrier 1-4.

Mooresville 6, Stanly County 5

A walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth lifted the home Mooresville Post 66 to a home win at Lake Norman High School over Stanly County.

SC    201    200    010    5    8    0

M    001    011    103    6    8    1

Leading Hitters:  SC – Noah Crisco 2-3, 2 R.

Randolph Co. 6, Stanly County 0

Visiting Randolph County Post 45 avenged an early loss this season at McCrary Park with a 6-0 road win on Monday over Post 76 in an eight-inning game shortened due to weather.

RC    000    200    04    6    10    1

SC    000    000    00    0    8    3

Leading Hitters:  SC –  Vance Deese 2-3; David Singletary 2-3; Trevor Wilson 2-3.

To submit story ideas, contact Charles Curcio at (704) 982-2121, ext. 26, or email charles@stanlynewspress.com.

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