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Wayne County Post 11 catcher Drew Spencer steps up to the plate as he looks to get a hit against the Fuquay-Varina Post 116 starting pitcher.

BUIES CREEK — Fuquay-Varina Post 116 defeated Wayne County Post 11 Wednesday in a game that was played at Campbell University’s baseball field.

Coming into the game, Wayne County Post 11 was 5-1 for the season with their only loss coming against Lexington in the season opener.

In the top of the first inning, Post 11 scored three runs with the first coming off an RBI double from Drew Spencer that scored Rowan Watt. After the score, Justin Holland was walked to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Braeden Collins hit an RBI single to score Will Albert and kept the bases loaded.

Following the hit from Collins, Sam Rice came up to bat and hit into a double play. Although Rice advanced the runner from third base to score the third run of the inning, Fuquay-Varina got out of the inning with less damage than expected in a bases-loaded situation.

In the bottom of the first inning, Fuquay-Varina’s offense exploded, and they put up a total of 11 runs in the inning. The first run came off a single and a fielding error that allowed Jack Starke to come into score.

Post 116 scored their second run of the inning off an RBI single from Aaron Smielski. The third run of the inning came off a walk from Will Harris who illegally stopped his pitching motion to try to check the runner from third base. Harris continued to struggle in the first inning and after giving up seven runs, he was pulled from the game.

Cohen Waddell came into the game to try to limit the damage, but he also struggled and gave up three runs before he was also pulled from the game in the first inning.

Anderson Clucas was brought in next to try to get the final out of the inning, and he was able to do so while allowing only one run.

At the end of the inning, the score stood at 11-3.

Fuquay-Varina continued to dominate on offense for the rest of the game as Wayne County continued to change pitchers to try to find a solution to limit the number of runs scored by Post 116.

No relief pitcher was able to find an answer, and Post 116 continued to put up runs at will.

By the end of the game, Fuquay-Varina scored a total of 27 runs while limiting Wayne County to just six.

After the loss, Wayne County Post 11 holds a 5-2 record for the season. They take on Beverly-Lowell today when they travel to Myrtle Beach to play in the Palmetto Invitational.