Cary Post 67 topped Johnston County-based Post 71 14-9 Thursday night in Game 3 of their American Legion Baseball Area I West Championship Series. The win moves Post 67 ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series.
Correspondent Michael Held, who is covering the series for the N&O Community Newspapers, reports that Post 67 pounded out 20 hits. The Sabres of Johnston County fell behind 9-3 but rallied to tie the game at 9 in the sixth. Cary went back ahead for good on a two-run double by Stephen McKinney in the top of the seventh. McKinney was 6-for-6 on the night with seven RBIs and two home runs. He also earned the win in relief, as Post 71 was unable to score over the final three innings of play.
Post 71 of Johnston County grabbed the first game of the series but has lost the past two games in the series. Game 4 of the series will be played Friday night at 7 at Cary High School. If necessary, Game 5 will be Saturday at Cary.