LEGION BASEBALL: Maiden nips Union County, still unbeaten as it heads to Shelby

Published Friday, June 1st, 2018

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POST 240 SALAMANDERS SCHEDULE
(Home games at Maiden High)
MAY
25, Kings Mountain (at Bandys), Won 9-2
26, at Lincoln County (E. Lincoln HS), ppd., May 30
27, at Cherryville (Cherryville HS), ppd., June 3
28, at Hickory (Legion Fairgrounds), ppd., June 22
30, at Lincoln County (E. Lincoln HS), Won 8-0
31, Hickory, Won 9-4
JUNE
1, Union County, Won 5-4
2, at Shelby (Shelby HS), 7 p.m.
3, at Cherryville (Cherryville HS), 7 p.m.
4, Gastonia, 7 p.m.
6, at Belmont (Belmont Abbey College), DH, 5:30 p.m.
14, Mint Hill, 7 p.m.
15, at Huntersville (N. Mecklenburg HS), 7 p.m.
16, Lincoln County, 7 p.m.
17, Henderson County, 7 p.m.
18, at Kings Mountain (Kings Mountain HS), 7 p.m.
19, at Burke County (Shuey Field), 7 p.m.
20, at Mint Hill (Independence HS), 7 p.m.
22, at Hickory (Fairgrounds), 7 p.m.
25, Pineville, DH, 6 p.m.
27, at Union County (Wingate), 7 p.m.
29, Shelby, 7 p.m.
JULY
1, at Gastonia (Sims Park), 7 p.m.
4, Huntersville, 7 p.m.

MAIDEN – Maiden Post 240 jumped to a four-run lead by the fourth inning on Friday night and held off visiting Union County 5-4 to remain unbeaten in American Legion baseball.

Reliever Josh Frye pitched the seventh inning at Maiden High, relieving Ryan Lyda, and Post 240 survived making three errors and giving up two seventh-inning runs to improve to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Area IV under head coach David Williams.

Maiden plays its fourth straight game in a stretch of six of them over six nights when it goes to Shelby High for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday against Shelby.

Post 240 travels to play Cherryville at Cherryville High on Sunday at 7 p.m. before facing Gastonia on Monday night at 7 p.m. at Maiden High.

Maiden will take a one night break after the Gastonia game before playing a doubleheader against Belmont on Wednesday at Belmont Abbey College (5:30 p.m.) before being idle for eight days for high school graduations.

Post 240 scored three runs in the first inning on Friday night and added one in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead.

Union County scored a run in the top of the fifth inning but Maiden got that back in the bottom of the inning and led 5-1.

Union County got a run in the sixth inning when Jordan Harley hit a home run, making it 5-2, before Lyda then struck out the side.

Frye pitched the seventh inning. He gave up two runs but closed it out to earn a save.

Maiden starter Cy Spencer worked five innings — throwing strikes on 47 of his 61 pitches — and exiting having allowed six hits, one run (earned), issuing a walk and striking out two.

Post 240 had eight hits, led by two from Brantley Durham (he also walked once) and Taylor Tibbs drove in two runs. Grayeson Brown, Durham and Frye each added an RBI and Frye scored twice.

Union County, which also made three errors, finished with nine hits, including two each by T.J DelloCroce and Matt Helms.

Maiden knocked Union County starter Patrick Morrison out after four innings. He gave up seven hits, five runs (two earned), walked one and struck out two.

SALAMANDERS ROSTER

No./Name/Class/Post./School

1, Bain Sipe, sophomore, INF-RHP, Maiden

2, Dylan Abernathy, sophomore, OF-RHP, Maiden

3, Jacob Cauble, freshman, INF-RHP, Maiden

4, Jay Sipe, senior, INF, Maiden

5, Grayson Brown, junior, INF, Maiden

6, Austin Hoyle, freshman, C, Maiden

7, Ryan Lyda, junior, OF-LHP, Bandys

8, Ross Fowler, sophomore, RHP, Maiden

9, Cy Spencer, junior, INF-OF-RHP, Bandys

10, Bryson Ledford, senior, RHP-OF-INF, Maiden

11, Ty Williams, freshman, OF, Berea College

12, Taylor Tibbs, freshman, INF, Bluefield State

20, Spencer Ledford, sophomore, INF-RHP, Bandys

21, Noah Caldwell, junior, RHP, Bandys

22, Drew Huffman, sophomore, INF-RHP, Maiden

23, Josh Frye, senior, OF-RHP, Statesville Christian

24, Jacob Ellis, junior, C, Bandys

26, Will Harbinson, junior, 1B, Maiden

30, Tyler Laws, senior, RHP-1B, Statesville Christian

31, Mac Beam, senior, OF-INF-RHP, Bandys

32, Jarrett Isaac, junior, OF-INF, Maiden

34, Brantley Durham, senior, C-INF, Newton-Conover

40, T.J. Rasar, senior, RHP, Bandys

44, Peyton Laney, sophomore, 1B-RHP, Bandys

Head coach: David Williams; Assistant coaches: Frank Porter, Ryan Pendley, Dustin Hull, Jason DeHart; AD: David Williams Sr.

Team sponsor: Carolina Glove & Safety.

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