Hampstead Post 167 pounded 14 hits, while Cameron Guertin (Pender) and Bryce Cota (Topsail) combined to allow no runs over seven innings of work as Hampstead shut out Brunswick County 14-0 in the season opener for both teams at Topsail High School on Monday night.
UNC-Asheville commit Danny Wilson (Topsail) went 2-for-4 in the lead off spot and smacked a three-run home run in the sixth to put the game away. The top three hitters in the Hampstead lineup went a combined 6-for-13 at the plate with five runs batted in and four runs scored. Mason Berne had two hits and two RBIs.
Guertin got the start and struck out three over four innings to get the victory. Cota fanned seven of the 11 hitters he faced to record the final nine outs of the game.
Post 167 jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Guertin wiggled out of jam in the top of the second after Zack Johnson doubled to deep center, which was followed by a walk to Caleb Clemmons to put runners on first and second with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt attempt during the ensuing at-bat forced the runner out at third and Guertin struck out the next batter and got the final out on a two hopper back to the mound.
Two runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame gave Hampstead a 3-0 advantage and Post 167 plated seven in the third, including a two-RBI double by Josh Madole. Jake Madole started the inning with an extra base hit to right-center and Trader Flora brought in his classmate on a run-scoring single to left.
Sam Luchansky also went 2-for-3 with three runs scored for Post 167, while Chase Thompson finished 3-for-3 before giving way to Michael Stroman in center field.
Hampstead improved to 1-0 on the year and travel to Fayetteville on Wednesday, June 10, for a date with Hope Mills. Brunswick County (0-1) looks to bounce back against Wilmington Post 10 at Legion Stadium on Thursday, June 11.