After a two-day hiatus because of a weather delay and the Fourth of July holiday, Hampstead Post 167 evened its best-of-five series with Wilmington Post 10 at one game apiece following a 10-6 victory at Topsail High School on Sunday night.
Hampstead took advantage of six unearned runs in the win, while Cameron Guertin went the distance, tossing a nine-inning, complete game on the mound. The right-handed hurler from Pender High School struck out 11 and threw three shutout frames to close out the contest.
Chase Thompson went 3-for-5 at the plate in the nine slot for Post 167 and finished with four RBIs. Aaron Beach added three hits, two of which came on bunt singles. Josh Madole, Jake Madole and Trader Flora each hit a double.
Wilmington jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI double by Brad Pennington and fielder’s choice off the bat of Max Johnson.
Hampstead responded with three in the second after back-to-back two-out extra base hits by Josh Madole and Jake Madole before Pennington tied the game for Post 10 in the third with a solo shot over the wall in left-center
Post 167 responded with three more in bottom of the inning to regain the advantage, while Thompson hit a grounder up the middle to drive in a pair of runs in the fourth to give the home team enough insurance for Guertin, who retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced.
Lambert Long paced the Post 10 attack with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Pennington, Johnson, Everett and Ward Coleman had two hits apiece.
With the series 1-1, Wilmington and Hampstead will meet in game three at Buck Hardee Field on Monday night. First pitch is at 7 p.m.
Hope Mills 5 Brunswick County 4
Hope Mills took a 2-0 series lead with a 5-4 walk off win in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday night.