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June 26, 2014

Stanly County splits day-night doubleheader with Kannapolis

Thursday, June 26, 2014 — The Stanly County American Legion senior baseball team entered a rare day-night doubleheader Tuesday with Southeastern Conference opponent Kannapolis with an opportunity to pull ahead in the race for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Post 76 claimed the opening game of the doubleheader at Northwest Cabarrus High School with a 4-3 win, but fell in the nightcap at Don Montgomery Park, 8-4.

Through Wednesday’s games, Southern Rowan leads Stanly Count by a half-game in the standings. The two teams have a home-at-home series to end the regular season with Stanly hosting Southern Rowan tonight at 7.

Game One

Stanly Co. 4, Kannapolis 3

Stanly County jumped out to a fast four-run lead and held off Post 115 to win the first game of the doubleheader by one run.

David Singletary struck out three batters and allowed three runs over six innings to earn the win for Stanly. Bryan Blanton earned the save.

Zac Almond drove in the first of his two RBIs in the top of the first after Trevor Wilson led off with a walk and Noah Crisco singled. Almond later scored on a Russ Weiker RBI groundout for a 2-0 Post 76 lead.

Crisco delivered an RBI single in the third and later scored on an Almond RBI double to put Stanly up 4-0.

Kam Sherrill got Kannapolis on the board in the third on two wild pitches, then Grayson Miller and Ryan Austin both had RBI singles to pull Post 115 within a run in the fifth.

Singletary pitched out of trouble in the sixth and Blanton came on in the seventh and struck out the side to give the visitors a one-run win.

SC    202    000    0    4    8    0

K    001    020    0    3    6    0

WP – David Singletary

S –  Bryan Blanton

Leading Hitters: SC – Noah Crisco 2-4, RBI; Zac Almond 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; David Singletary 1-3; Bryan Blanton 2-3. SR – Grayson Miller 2-4, 2B, RBI; Ryan Austin 1-4, 2B.

Game Two

Kannap. 8, Stanly Co. 4

Despite a huge night by Stanly catcher Zac Almond, who was 5-for-5 including two doubles, visiting Kannapolis bounced back on the road to top Post 76 by four runs.

After Kannapolis scored two unearned runs in the first two innings, Stanly tied the game in the bottom of the second on an RBI groundout from Brian Stevens.

Two bases-loaded walks gave Post 115 the lead in the third, then one drawn by Russ Weiker for Stanly made it 4-3 in Kannapolis’ favor through five innings.

Post 115’s Wyatt Taylor drove in two runs with a single and Zack Mullinax delivered an RBI double in a four-run sixth inning that decided the game.

K    112    004    000    8    10    2

SC    020    010    100    4    10    3

WP – Ryan Austin (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 8 hits, 5 BB, 1 K)

LP – Easton Horton (5 IP, 2 ER, 3 hits, 7 BB, 5 K)

Leading Hitters: K –Wyatt Taylor 2-4, 2 RBI; Zack Mullinax 2-5. SC – Zac Almond 5-5, 2 2B; Trevor Wilson 2-4; David Singletary 1-3, RBI; Cameron Vick 1-4, R.

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