With the American Legion Baseball season underway following the final weekend of high school action as the state championships were decided over the last few days at N.C. State and Five County Stadium in Zebulon, Wilmington Post 10 continued its summer schedule and swept a doubleheader on Sunday to bounce back from its first setback of the year the day prior.
Post 10 grabbed a 9-3 victory from Cary and took a 7-4 win from Wallace at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, improving to 10-1 overall. Dawnoven Smith guided Jacksonville Post 265 with two home runs on Saturday to hand Post 10 a 12-4 defeat in a game that cut the season short for two Wilmington standouts because of a collision in the bottom of the seventh.
With the game tied at four after Ward Coleman’s (New Hanover) RBI single in the top of the frame, Jacksonville rallied for seven runs in the inning, which all started on a bloop single that knocked Donovan Francis (Ashley) and Jon Kuebler (Laney) out for what will likely be the rest of the year. Francis came charging in on the shallow base hit, while Kuebler sprinted backward from shortstop.
Wilmington Post 10 Coach Scott Sandlin said Kuebler found out he had a broken jaw and underwent surgery to wire his jaw shut during a visit to an area hospital on Sunday. Francis may have suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Post 10 has the next few days off before back-to-back home games June 10-11 against Whiteville Post 137 and Brunswick County.
Hampstead Post 167 opens their summer schedule tonight against Brunswick. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Topsail High School.