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Patience at the plate extends Post 49’s winning streak to 5 games

ROSports File Photo: Hamlet rolled to its largest margin of victory of the season Thursday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

CAMERON — For the second time this summer, the Hamlet American Legion baseball team is riding the momentum of a five-game winning streak.

The streaking 49ers also notched their second mercy-rule victory of the campaign Thursday, remaining perfect in Area 2 Conference action.

On the road at Union Pines High School, Hamlet cruised past Moore County Post 12 in five innings by a final score of 16-1, the team’s largest margin of victory in 16 games this season.

Post 49 gave Moore County little chance from the start, scoring nine runs in the top of the first inning, chasing starting pitcher Landon Bunker after just two-thirds of an inning (nine runs, no hits, eight walks).

Capitalizing on the free pass, Hamlet drew a total of 10 base on balls in the win, while also connecting for nine hits. Caleb Wagner threw 4.1 innings of relief, allowing seven runs on nine hits and two walks.

The final seven of Post 49’s runs all came in the top of the fourth inning off Wagner.

Riley Brown (Richmond) notched the win on the mound for Hamlet, which improved his record to 3-0 and tied him with Jason Walker (Richmond) for the team lead in wins.

Brown and Landon Taylor (Richmond) both threw two innings, with Brown allowing one hit with two strikeouts. Taylor also gave up a hit along with one run to go with his three strikeouts.

Robbie Peed (Scotland) faced three batters in a scoreless fifth inning. He picked off a runner at first base for the second out and added a strikeout to end the game.

A throwing error on a fielder’s choice with runners on first and second base resulted in Hamlet’s first run, scored by leadoff batter James Eason (Richmond, error). 

Evan Hodges (Richmond) and Carter Bean (Pinecrest) each drew a bases-loaded walk to register a run batted in to make it 3-0. Scoring were JD Scarbrough (Pitt Community College, walk) and Austin Mooring (Union Pines, fielder’s choice).

With the bases still loaded, a hit-by-pitch to Jacob Williams (Union Pines) and back-to-back walks drawn by Maddox Locklear (Scotland) and John Carre (Pinecrest) emptied the bases of Isaac Hinshaw (Richmond, walk), Hodges and Bean.

Turning over to the top of the lineup, Eason recorded an RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Williams. Adding the final two runs in the inning to jump ahead 9-0 were Hinshaw and Hodges, both of whom reached first on four balls with the bases full of 49ers.

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Brown faced just seven batters across his two innings of work, stranding a two-out single in the bottom of the first.

Taylor struck out the side in a four-batter bottom of the third, leaving a two-out walk on base. That led to Hamlet’s seven-run top of the fourth.

Facing Wagner, Bean (walk), Williams and Walker (both singles) loaded the bases to start. An RBI line drive single to center field by Jeremiah Ritter (Richmond) plated Bean.

Eason reached on an error to second base in the next at-bat, which scored Williams and Walker to make it a 12-0 lead.

Scarbrough laced a two-RBI triple to the opposite field in left, and he was brought home safely when Mooring singled on a ground ball back up the middle.

Bean recorded Hamlet’s final RBI of the blowout win when he lifted a sacrifice fly to right field for the second out. Tagging up from third was Mooring, who also had a double in the game.

Moore County’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth, a two-out RBI single to center field by Wagner.

Scarbrough, Mooring and Williams each had two hits to lead Hamlet. Bean, Hodges and Scarbrough were all responsible for plating two RBI in the win.

Post 49 (12-4, 3-0 Area 2) will host Jacksonville Post 265 for a Saturday conference doubleheader at Memorial Park. Game one will start at 3 p.m. followed by game two at 6 p.m.

Sports editor’s note: Game stats provided by Hamlet’s GameChanger app and Ryan Brown.