One day after a grueling slugfest with Cherryville that ended in a heartbreaking loss, Hickory Post 48 closed out its regular season strong.
Led by solid pitching from Colton Allison, Post 48 picked up its 15th win of the season.
With the victory, Hickory ends its season at 11-3 in the Area IV West Division — tied three ways for first with Cherryville and Caldwell County.
Allison improves to 4-0 on the mound this season.
Offensively, Hickory was led by Phillip Carroll, who went 3-for-3 from the plate, while Tyler Pait was 2-for-5.
The Area IV playoffs start Tuesday. A pairing meeting will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
For complete details on the Area IV playoffs, visit observernewsonline.com and pick up a copy of the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
FINAL AREA IV WEST DIVISION STANDINGS
Caldwell County Post 29 (18-3, 11-3)
Cherryville Post 100 (21-4, 11-3)
Hickory Post 48 (15-4, 11-3)
Shelby Post 82 (11-14, 7-7)
Rutherford County Post 423 (6-8, 6-8)
Burke County Post 21 (4-10, 4-10)
Henderson County Post 77 (9-15, 3-11)
Asheville Post 70 (3-11, 3-11)