The Legion All Stars hammered Chatham County of Siler City by a score of 16-3, securing a second-day bye and moving one win from the championship round of the double-elimination tournament.
After a scoreless first inning, Scotland County scored a half-dozen runs in the second and third innings to build a 12-0 lead. Chatham County scored once in the bottom of the third, but Scotland got two more runs in the top of the fourth to go ahead by a score of 14-1. Chatham scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Scotland matched in the top of the fifth and held Siler City scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Four players enjoyed multiple-hit nights for Scotland County in its postseason opener. Johnny Mintz went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a team-best three RBIs.
Jeremy Osteen went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs, and O.J. Martinez was also 3-for-4.
Logan Weagraff went 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs, and he was also the game's winning pitcher. Weagraff threw all five innings for Scotland County, allowing three runs and reaching double digits with 10 strikeouts.
Scotland faces the winner of Lumber River and Borderbelt today at noon on the campus of Purnell Swett.
"The talent is there," said Scotland All-Star coach David Brooks. "Me and Coach (Gary) Chavis are just trying to keep these kids on an even keel.
"We're trying to make sure that we don't end up taking anyone too lightly."
The American Legion 14-year-old All Stars won 13-3 in six innings against Chatham County on Thursday, and they'll be back in action at 10 a.m. this morning at Purnell Swett.