Wayne County Post 11 won its fifth game in a row with an 11-1 victory against Durham Post 416 on Monday evening at the University of Mount Olive’s Scarborough Field.
Post 11 was held scores for the first three innings of the game before scoring all 11 runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
“We definitely came out slow. Durham’s starting pitcher played really well. I thought we could’ve had better at-bats the first time through the order, but the second time we did a really good job of adjusting,” Wayne County Post 11 head coach Adam Pate said. “All in all, we came around late, ran the bases well, and the pithing looked good. It’s all encouraging.”
Hunter Theriac got the start on the mound for Post 11. In four innings of work, Theriac struck out seven batters, while Campbell Cunningham also had a strong outing in relief.
“Hunter and Campbell did really well,” Pate said. “Campbell did really good in his relief outing. Defense played okay, but all in all, it was a good game.”
After being held scoreless for three innings, Wayne County pulled ahead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Drew Spencer had an RBI ground out, while Justin Holland scored off a wild pitch.
Post 11 would take control of the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Tanner Capps led off the inning with a double and later scored off an RBI single from Rowan Watt. After scoring another run and taking a 4-0 lead, Watt stole home to put Wayne County up 5-0.
Braeden Collins then hit a two-RBI single, while Austin Booth’s RBI double made it an 8-0 ball game.
“I think the boys realized that Durham’s starter could pitch a little bit that we were going to have to raise our level of play,” Pate said. “Sometimes, you hate to see that it takes one time through the order for that to be realized.
“It’s part of it, and it sometimes happens from an offensive standpoint, but we have to try to limit how many times that happens.”
Durham scored its only run of the game in the top of the sixth, but Wayne County put the game away in the bottom of the sixth.
Spencer nailed an RBI single that pushed Wayne County ahead to 9-1. Holland’s RBI double and Collins’ RBI triple increased Post 11’s lead to 11-1 and ended the game.