Wilmington Post 10 pitchers held Hampstead to just one run over the final 18 innings of the five-game series as the red, white and blue from the Port City defeated Post 167 on Tuesday night to clinch the opening round 3-1 at Buck Hardee Field.
Stephen Hagewood allowed one run on eight hits over eight-plus innings of work and Donovan Francis recorded the final five outs of the game to record the save in the 5-1 victory.
Ward Coleman drove in a pair of runs for Wilmington with a line drive double to the gap in right-center in the bottom of the first before Mason Berne settled down and posted four shutout frames until Corey Everett delivered a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single to give Post 10 a 3-0 lead in the sixth.
Berne drove in the lone run for Post 167 in eighth to break up the shutout, but Hampstead left eight runners on base in the ballgame.
Brad Pennington put the game away in the bottom of the eighth with a two-RBI single to left.
Eight of the nine Wilmington starters had at least one hit, while Coleman and Kennedy Hardy had two hits, including two doubles for Hardy.
Chase Thompson went 2-for-4 for Post 167.