Shelby notched its fifth consecutive win of postseason Legion play in impressive fashion Friday night.

Post 82 (23-1) beat the Gaston Braves 9-0 at Belmont Abbey on Friday in Game 2 of a best-of-five series in the second round of Area IV playoffs.

The bats got going early for Post 82, with lead-off batter Riley Cheek notching a triple off a hit to deep center field.

Four of the next seven at-bats for Shelby would notch base hits, with RBI’s for Colby Ferguson and Dalton Putnam.

Post 82 would have another big inning in the fourth, scoring 3, with another three-base hit from Cheek.

All told, Shelby would rack up 9 runs off of 12 hits and no errors, leaving seven runners stranded. Colby Ferguson, Ben Ledbetter and Luke Scism would record two RBI’s each throughout the game.

“We swung the bats well. We talked about trying to do it throughout the game, not just in one inning like we did in the first game,” said Post 82 assistant coach Chris Emery.

Gaston Braves head coach Mark King said his team “has some work to do” following Friday’s performance.

The Braves (12-12) went scoreless, earning 5 hits with 2 errors and leaving 5 stranded. The team was led by pitcher Wesley Hall, who earned two hits, including a double off a hit to right field. His stint on second base was the closest the Braves came to scoring all night.

“We gotta clean up our defense, have better pitching, everything,” King said. “(Thursday) night we gave them five in one inning and then came back and played hard and I thought we were going to be alright. Tonight we just didn’t play well in any facet of the game.”

Game 3 of the five game series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Shelby's Keeter Stadium.

 

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