Written by Laieke Abebe
After a walk-off win against Kinston Post 43 on Tuesday, Wayne Country Post 11 had no problems against Kinston Post 43 on Thursday.
Post 11 traveled to Ronnie Battle baseball complex and came away with a 14-0 win in five innings. Post 11 got a great pitching performance from Will Pennington en route to a dominant win to spoil Post 43’s home opener.
“Will Pennington was lights out,” Wayne County Post 11 head coach Adam Pate said. “He gave up one base runner early but was really good outside of that. We got off to a slow start offensively, but we took some bases when we needed to and that helped us stretch the lead.”
Catcher Justin Holland’s RBI double got Post 11 going early in the top of the second. Post 11 then turned it up a notch with a 10-run fourth frame. A pair of two-run singles from Holland and Will Harris along with another run-scoring base hit from Tanner Capps gave Post 11 further separation.
Pennington tossed a complete game, one-hitter and struck out nine Post 43 batters. Along with their 11-10 walk-off win Tuesday, Post 11 earns the regular-season sweep over their rivals from Kinston and improves 11-3 overall.
“The results are usually not lopsided in Area I East conference play,” Pate said. “Kinston is a good team, but we took care of business and didn’t have to use our bullpen. Any game like that is huge for us going further into the conference schedule.”
Wayne County’s game against Ahoskie tonight has been postponed due to weather. Post 11 will travel to Randolph County on Saturday for a doubleheader.