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Hickory is one step away from the Area IV title series after a winning three of four games against the Gaston Braves.
Post 48 tallied wins against Post 144-266 on Friday and Saturday to advance to the third round of the Area IV playoffs.
Hickory defeated Gaston by a score of 4-2 on Friday behind pitcher Tyler Paitâ€™s performance.
Pait, who entered Fridayâ€™s contest only having pitched seven innings all season, struck out 10 Gaston batters in a complete game outing.
It was the second-straight game Hickory pitching had shut down Gastonâ€™s offense.
Post 48 pitcher Colton Allison allowed just three hits in his teamâ€™s series-tying 2-0 win on Thursday.
â€śIt was sort of tough following up Coltonâ€™s performance,â€ť Pait said. â€śHe threw really well, and it gave our team a big boost. I knew this was a big win.â€ť
â€śComing in, I knew we had a great defense,â€ť he added. â€śI just wanted to come in and throw strikes. I know our defense would make plays.â€ť
On defense, Hickory right fielder Jordan Eckard made a diving catch on defense in the bottom of the third.
â€śEckardâ€™s diving catch really set the tone for us,â€ť Pait said. â€śEveryone sort of fed off of that.
Zach Jarrett led Post 48 offensively in Fridayâ€™s win with two RBIs. Eckard and Kyâ€™rawn Whitfield each drove in a run.
Phillip Carroll also went 4-for-5 with three singles, a double, two runs scored and a stole a base.
Hickory 14, Gaston 3 (seven innings)
Led by Jordan Eckardâ€™s seven RBIs, Post 48 picked up a 10-run rule victory against the Braves on Saturday at Henkel-Alley Field.
Eckard drove in six of his seven runs on two hits, including a grand slam in the seventh inning and a two-RBI double in the fourth.
â€śMy goal hitting is every time I step to the plate to try to hit the ball hard somewhere,â€ť Eckard said in Fridayâ€™s victory.
Jarrett also homered in Saturdayâ€™s contest, driving in three runs in the third inning.
Hickory Post 48 (20-8) plays Shelby Post 82 (30-6) in the first game in their best-of-5 series starting today.
That contest will take place at Shelby High School starting at 7 p.m.
The two teams split their season series both winning at home.
Shelby was victorious 6-3 on June 25, while Hickory won 8-5 on June 27.View more articles in: