The Wilmington Post 10 American League baseball team continued their quest to add a record 11th state title to its resume on Tuesday night as the boys of summer continued their domination over Jacksonville Post 265 with a 15-5 victory. The win gives Post 10 a commanding two games to none lead in their Area II best-of-five series.
Phoenix College (Arizona) rising sophomore Max Johnson swung a big stick in game two as the New Hanover High School alum went 4-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored. He nearly launched a pair of home runs, including a 390-foot plus shot over the wall in dead center on the first pitch of the at-bat to lead off the bottom of the first. Johnson walked and scored in the second and tripled off the wall in right-center to make it 6-1 in favor of Post 10 after three full innings of play. He hit a line drive single in the eighth to record the cycle.
Brad Pennington (Hoggard/N.C. Wesleyan) and Trey Croom (New Hanover/N.C. Wesleyan) combined for seven hits, five runs batted in and three runs scored.
With a 6-1 lead heading into the fourth, Post 10 blew the game open with six runs on five hits and one error, including an RBI single by Jon Kuebler (Laney/Guilford Tech). Johnson capped the rally with his third hit in as many at-bats, a run scoring double to the gap in right-center.
Laney High School alum and Methodist University incoming freshman Stephen Hagewood filled the strike zone for Post 10 and struck out five over four innings. He allowed one run on two hits, with one walk.
Facing a 10-run mercy rule in the top of the seventh, Jacksonville Post 265 kept the game alive with three runs to cut the deficit to 12-5, but Wilmington went to Pennington in relief to get out of the jam and left two runners on base.
Wilmington Post 10 has now outscored the counterparts from Jacksonville 30-10 during the opening two games of the series and look to clinch a spot in the North Carolina American Legion Tournament on Wednesday.
Jacksonville 001 001 30 – 5
Wilmington 231 600 21- 15