WILSON — Josh Hartsfield put Wayne County Post 11 in the driver’s seat of the Area I East Division Monday evening.
The Goldsboro Cougar tossed out a complete game shutout as Post 11 dumped Wilson Post 13, 3-0, in a game played at Fleming Stadium in Wilson.
With the win, Wayne County improved its record to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in the division.
Hartsfield struck out four batters and allowed just six hits, and as a team, Post 11 turned four double plays.
“I thought we played really well, it’s the first time we’re playing with our full roster,” Wayne County Post 11 head coach Adam Pate said. “Josh Hartsfield, one of our guys we’re going to depend on down the stretch, he had a great start on the mound and kept us in the game.”
Wayne County scored its first two runs of the game in the top of the third inning.
Will Uzzell, Tanner Willman and Clay Matthews all hit singles to load the bases. Blake Gipson then delivered a two-run single to give Post 11 a 2-0 lead.
Wilson Post’s starter Josh Fuller struggled to find the strike zone as Post 11 cobbled out eight hits on the night.
In the top of the fifth inning, Post 11 made it a 3-0 game when Case Kermode ripped off an RBI single.
Wilson Post attempted to come back in the bottom of the seventh.
Tanner Sullivan and Jamar Ellis both hit singles, but Post 11 turned a double play for two outs, and Trey Dail grounded out to end the game.
Matthews and Gipson both finished with two hits, while Kermode had a hit and RBI.
“Our offense didn’t play bad, but we need to find a way to score more than three runs when we get that many guys on base,” Pate said. “All in all, our defense was great. You can’t fault anything on the defensive side.
“Offensively, we looked good; I just want to find a way to produce a few more runs because when our pitcher is doing that well, you want to take the pressure off of him if you can.”