Pender High School hurler Cameron Guertin struck out 14 over seven shutout innings as Hampstead Post 167 picked up a bounce back 6-0 win at Whiteville Post 137 on Monday night.
Despite leaving the bases loaded twice in the ballgame, Hampstead smacked 11 hits and broke open a three-run lead with three runs on four hits in the top of the seventh.
Danny Wilson went 3-for-5 with a run batted in and run scored, while Josh Madole finished 1-for-2 with a single, one walk, hit by pitch, run scored, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly.
With the game tied in the top of the third, Jake Madole led off with a bloop double into shallow left field and Mason Berne advanced him 90-feet on a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline. After Trader Flora was hit by pitch to put runners on the corners, Josh Madole hit a looping liner to bring home his older brother for the 1-0 advantage.
A single to left to start the fifth put Wilson on base and the UNC-Asheville commit moved to second on a fielder’s choice to set up a big opportunity for Berne, who laced a double into left-center on the 10th pitch of the at-bat for the RBI. The Spartanburg Methodist rising sophomore took third on a wild-pitch and scored later in the frame when Aaron Beach beat out a two-out infield hit.
Of the 27 outs recorded by Hampstead pitching, 17 were via the strikeout. Bryce Cota started on the mound and fanned two in the first before giving way to Guertin. The righty scattered four hits and struck out the side in his final inning of work. Sam Luchansky pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.
Luchansky also singled home a run in the seventh after Josh Madole laced a line drive to right-center and stole second. Michael Stroman went 2-for-2 after entering the game in center field, with one run batted in and one run scored.
Hampsted Post 167 improved to 2-1 and travel to Shallotte for a date with Brunswick County on Wednesday, June 16.
Brunswick County gets first win over Wilmington
Randy Clark delivered a strong performance for Brunswick County in a 4-3 victory over Wilmington Post 10 on Monday night.
The North Brunswick High School product scattered five hits over seven shutout innings to pitch Brunswick to its first win of the season.
Coming off an extra inning setback to Hope Mills on Sunday, Wilmington Post 10 dropped its second straight contest to fall to 12-3 overall and 2-2 in conference.
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