Hickory Post 48 earns sweep of Asheville
For the third straight day, Hickory Post 48 was in action at Hinkel-Alley Field.
After dropping its last couple of games, Hickory managed to break through that slump with a sweep of Asheville in a Wednesday doubleheader.
Hickory 3, Asheville 2
Post 48 (6-7) was led in the game one victory by pitcher Jacob Hoyle. He had three of Hickory's five hits in the game, including two doubles and a single.
Hoyle was also dominate from the mound, pitching all seven innings. He allowed four hits, two runs (one earned) and struck out seven Asheville batters.
Asheville (6-7) took a 1-0 lead behind a sacrifice fly from Michael Pegg, which scored Carson Bryant.
Hoyle's hit his first double in the bottom of the second. He later scored to tie the game at 1-1 on a sacrifice fly by first basemen Jeremy Null.
Asheville retook the lead in the top of the third inning. Hunter Bryant singled and scored Josh Weidie, who had also singled earlier in the inning.
In his second straight at-bat, Hoyle doubled and scored one batter later on an error from first basemen Kevin Hughes that once again tied the game, 2-2.
A wild throw by Asheville pitcher Dale Innes allowed Hickory's Robert Whaley to score and give Hickory a 3-2 lead, which they did not surrender. Innes finished with 6.2 innings pitched, 10 strikeouts and five hits.
Hoyle closed out the victory in the top of the seventh inning and managed to hold the tying runner, Tanner Smith, at third base with three straight ground outs.
Stefan Jordan and Cole McGraw were 1-for-3 in the game for Post 48.
Hickory 21, Asheville 7
A single by Robert Whaley plated two runs in the top of the first inning. Whaley advanced to second on the play.
After Whaley stole third base, Null drove him in with a single in the next at-bat to make it a 3-0 lead for Post 48 after the first inning.
Post 48 (7-7) continued its scoring surge in the top of the second. With runners on the corners, Cole McGraw singled and scored Skyler Hollar.
Asheville (6-8) got on the board in the third inning when a single from Ryan Mayberry scored Cameron Presslay. A single later in the inning from Carson Bryant scored Mayberry to cut the lead to 4-2 after three complete innings.
Hoyle continued his hot play from the first game in the top of the fourth inning. A double by Hoyle with the bases loaded drove in three runs. Null plated Hoyle in the next at-bat on a single to give Post 48 a 8-2 lead.
A furious five hit, five run rally from Asheville in the top of the fourth pulled them within one run of the lead, 8-7.
Post 70 pitcher Alex Ledford helped his cause with a three-run homer in the inning.
McGraw doubled to score Hollar, just before rain came down and delayed play for nearly 30 minutes. When play resumed, Phillip Carroll drove in McGraw for the 10th Post 48 run.
Hickory added three runs in the sixth and eight runs in the seventh.
Null had the most impressive hit in the last two innings, a two run homer that was part of an offensive seventh inning. He finished with four RBIs.
Cole McGraw, Jacob Hoyle and Robert Whaley also drove in four RBIs in the game. Phillip Carroll added three RBIs.
McGraw and Skyler Hollar both scored five runs each in the game.