Post 11 notches another 1-run thriller

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Wayne County Post 11 certainly doesn’t mind living on the edge these days.

Wednesday evening was no exception.

Post 11 built a four-run advantage through four innings and triumphed 5-4 over perennial Senior Legion baseball powerhouse Wilmington Post 10 at Scarborough Field.

Wayne County won its fifth straight one-run outing and is 7-1 in contests decided by two runs or less this season.

The game

Lead-off man Lane McLean, Braeden Collins and Logan Merritt - as they have done all season - provided early offense for Post 11.

Merritt plated McLean and Collins with a two-RBI single in the first inning. He scored on Will Pennington’s one-out, sacrifice bunt.

Wilmington, the 2021 state runner-up, pulled to within 3-1 before Wayne County (14-3 overall) answered with a pivotal, two-run outburst. 

Andrew Crumpler and No. 9 batter Drew Sweet connected on consecutive singles, and moved into scoring position on McLean’s sac bunt. Collins legged out a bunt single to score Crumpler.

Sweet stole home for the 5-1 lead.

Post 10 trimmed the deficit to 5-4 before Carson Gipson shut the door en route to his fifth save of the season.

Pitching

Erik Rosas held Wilmington a single earned run on one hit in the first three innings. He earned a no-decision in relief of Cullen Tucker, who emerged as the winning pitcher during his 1.3-inning stint on the bump.

Gray Gurganious and Merritt toed the rubber before Gipson appeared in the seventh. The recent Charles B. Aycock graduate allowed an earned run on three hits and one walk before he induced a game-ending groundout that McLean gobbled up and fired to first.

Wilmington left eight runners on base.

Notes

Merritt is the lone player to start all 17 games for Post 11.

Moffett leads the team with 15 RBI.

Post 11 improved to 8-0 at home this season.

Utilizing its depth in the bullpen, Wayne County has called upon 15 pitchers who have combined for 120 strikeouts in 124 innings.

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