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PHOTOS: Hamlet Post 49 home opener

Former Post 49 coach George Whitfield waves to the crowd while being introduced ahead of Monday's home opener. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

HAMLET — The City of Hamlet pulled out all the stops for the American Legion Post 49 baseball team’s home opener on Monday.

The program’s patriotic roots were on full display as the 49ers completed a comeback win to defeat Horry County Post 111 by a final score of 12-6.

Leaders from around the county, including several mayors and elected officials were on hand for a pre-game ceremony.

Hamlet erased a 4-0 deficit with a five-run bottom of the third inning. Hamlet and Horry County traded home runs in the middle frames courtesy of Hunter Huneycutt and TJ Anderson.

An RBI single from Tristan Hunt in the fifth inning made it a 7-6 lead, which proved to be the game-winning run. 


Post 49 added five insurance runs in the home half of the sixth to clinch its second win in as many nights.

For a complete game story of Monday’s victory with video interviews, click here.

Hamlet (2-1) wraps up its four-day start to the season on Tuesday, hitting the road to play Rowan Post 342. The non-conference game will be held at Catawba College and start at 7 p.m.

Below are photos of Monday’s home opener, taken by sports editor Kyle Pillar.

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Kyle Pillar is a 22-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on X @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.