Strong pitching propels Wilmington Post 10; Hampstead outlasts Brunswick in extra innings is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Wilmington Post 10   6     Whiteville Post 137  1

Post 10 got back in the win column with a 6-1 result over Whiteville Post 137 at Legion Stadium on Wednesday to snap a two-game skid.

Brandon Boone. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Brandon Boone. Photo courtesy John Crouch.

Brandon Boone picked up the victory, tossing six strong innings for Wilmington, while Max Johnson smacked a home run to pace the Post 10 lineup.

Wilmington improved to 3-2 in conference and 13-3 overall. Post 10 plays a doubleheader on the road against Wilson Post 13 and Garner on Saturday.

Hampstead Post 167   8        Brunswick County 6 

In a game that lasted nearly four hours thanks to a combined 23 hits and 15 walks, Hampstead Post 167 outlasted Brunswick County 8-6 in 10 innings on Wednesday night.

With the score tied at five, Austin Rodriguez led off the 10th with a single up the middle and Sam Luchansky shot a base hit through the right side to put runners on first and second. Three straight base on balls  and a wild-pitch followed to bring home the necessary insurance for Hampstead to close it out.

Luchansky got the victory, tossing 2.1 innings of relief. The Belmont Abbey commit struck out two of the seven batters he faced and worked out of a key situation with runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

Payton Rice threw five strong innings as the starter for Hampstead. Photo courtesy- Colin Rice.
Payton Rice threw five strong innings as the starter for Hampstead. Photo courtesy Colin Rice.

Brett Babson allowed one run and scattered six hits through six innings of work as Brunswick County took a 2-1 lead into the seventh when Post 167 was given five straight free passes with one out to plate three runs on no hits for a two-run edge.

After adding an insurance run in the eighth off an RBI single by Michael Stroman, Brunswick tied the game on a two-run double by Kevon Perkins to close a three run rally.

Perkins finished with four hits, including a triple, two stolens bases and three RBIs. Tristan Lewis also added three hits for Brunswick County, who fell to 1-3 in league play.

Jake Madole went 2-for-4 with a run batted in to lead Hampstead, while Stroman went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks, an RBI and three runs scored.

Post 167 improved to 3-1 and wrap up a four-game road trip at Jacksonville on Friday. First-pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at White Oak High School.

American Legion Area II standings
South                            Conf. Overall
Hampstead                    3-1      3-1
Hope Mills                     2-0       6-2
Wilm. Post 10                3-2      13-3
Brunswick                       1-3    1-3
Whiteville                      0-2      0-3