Roberson Players Help Boost Asheville Post 70 past Hendersonville
ASHEVILLE — The anticipation was high Wednesday as the Asheville Post 70 American Legion baseball team welcomed back its Roberson teammates who returned after winning the 4-A state baseball championship.
The Roberson players didn’t miss a beat, contributing on offense and defense as the Cardinals defeated Hendersonville Post 77, 4-2.
Center fielder Jacob McCarthy said he believed the momentum of the Rams’ championship run carried over to the Post 70 team.
“I think towards the end of the year during spring ball we were playing our best baseball of the year,” McCarthy said. “Me, Butch (Butcher), Jack (Galbraith), and all of us are playing the best baseball we’ve played.”
The Cardinals (4-3) took the lead in the second inning, scoring twice on errors. Hendersonville answered in the third on a hit by Logan Jackson and an error.
In the fourth, McCarthy hit a solo home run to left-center field, and a few innings later, Trenton Davis padded the lead with a RBI single.
Hendersonville’s Mason Lyda scored in the sixth on an error, but Post 77 was unable to capitalize with the bases loaded later in the game.
Asheville pitcher Chris Banks allowed one hit through six innings, which was Hendersonville’s only hit. Banks had five strikeouts and four walks.
“Chris is always ready to play. He was ready to come out and throw and gave us six really good innings,” coach Brian Pegg said. “He knew it was time to come out and get one for his teammates and he gave us six good innings.”
McCarthy finished with two hits and two runs, and Davis with a hit and an RBI. Jordan Baker, Holden Upright, Eric Robinson and Butcher also had hits.
Zach Wolfe 5 1/3 innings for Hendersonville (4-3), allowing four hits and striking out six.
Last year, the Cardinals scored 34 runs against Hendersonville. Will Lindsey, a Post 77 player who has committed to Anderson, said his team has improved.
“I think we played a much more respectable game this time, coming out and playing more defense and not giving any ground,” Lindsey said. “It was a tight, a few things didn’t go our way and everything went for them and that’s just the nature of it.”
Up next: Asheville Post 70 hosts Rutherford at 7 p.m. Thursday.