Young homers twice, drives in 5 runs as Indians cruise past Bears
By CHRIS HOBBS
Scoring in double digits for the third straight game and fifth time six games, Alexander Central High remained unbeaten in baseball on Thursday.
The Cougars won 10-2 in a non-league game at Mooresville to improve to 9-0. They are at Watauga on Friday (4:30 p.m.) for a Northwestern 3A-4A game.
Alexander Central had 13 hits at Mooresville, breaking the game open in the fifth and six innings. The Cougars led 1-0 and then scored five runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth inning.
Jaret Hoopes led Alexander Central with three hits with Grove Lowrance, Gage Weaver and Maddox Jack each adding two. Lowrance drove in three runs, Dusty Sigmon drove in two and Caleb Williams hit a home run for the Cougars.
Jack gained a win after going six innings. He allowed three hits, two runs (both earned), walked one and struck out eight.
Braeden Major, the Mooresville starter, took a loss. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits, six runs (three earned) with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
The Blue Devils had three hits.
St. Stephens 19, Bunker Hill 3, 6 inn.
The Indians (8-0) rode a big game by Peyton Young to a road victory. He hit two home runs and drove in five runs, igniting a 15-hit game for St. Stephens.
Elec Marvin hit a home run, had two hits and drove in four runs for the Indians. Julien Peissel added two hits and an RBI, Omar Cruz had two hits and Silas Icenhour and Justin Skews each drove in two runs for St. Stephens.
The Bears (2-6) had two hits – by Tanner Kanipe and Carson Elder – and they made four errors.
James Tate gained a win, going five innings. He allowed two hits, three runs (all earned), walked two and struck out eight.
Losing pitcher Graham Hollar went three innings, allowing seven hits, nine runs (eight earned). He walked three and struck out one.
St. Stephens plays at East Lincoln (6:30 p.m.) on Friday, a key game in the Western Foothills where the Indians and Fred T. Foard share first place with the Mustangs right behind them.
The Bears travels to Newton-Conover on Friday (7 p.m.) for a Catawba Valley 2A athletic game.
Highland Tech 13, Lincolnton 3
The Rams snapped the Wolves’ two-game win streak in a non-conference game in Gastonia.
Highland Tech scored five runs in the second inning to lead 6-2 and led 11-3 after scoring three runs in the fourth inning.
Gavin Blackwood went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs for the Rams. Logan Barker, Trey Costner and Erwin Soza each added two hits with Barker, who had a triple, driving in two runs.
Soza was the winning pitcher, going four innings. He allowed two hits, three runs (all earned) with two walks and four strikeouts.
Lincolnton (5-4) gave up 10 or more runs for the fourth time this season.
The Wolves play a Catawba Valley 2A Athletic game on Friday (7 p.m.) at home against Maiden.
Trojans’ game now at home
Friday’s conference game between Bandys and West Caldwell has been moved from Lenoir to Bandys (6:30 p.m.) because of field conditions at West Caldwell.
Bandys (7-3, 4-1) has won five straight games and shares the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic lead with Lincolnton and West Lincoln.
West Caldwell (0-10, 0-5) has lost 32 straight games.
The return game will be April 26 at West Caldwell.
East Lincoln 4, Bandys 1
The Mustangs remained undefeated (8-0) with a home victory that dropped Bandys to 8-2.
Kenley Rembert drove in a run in the seventh inning for the Trojans, who left 17 on base.
Riley Fox went 4 2/3 innings and took a loss for Bandys, whose other loss is to undefeated Alexander Central.
The Trojans, leading the Catawba Valley 2A Athetic, play at league game Friday (5 p.m) at West Caldwell.
East Lincoln is at home Friday (6 p.m.), battling St. Stephens for the lead in the Western Foothills 3A.
Hibriten 10, East Burke 0
The Panthers scored three runs in the first inning and three in the third inning en route to a home non-league win over the Cavs.
Love’ talent and Catherine Hammack had hits for East Burke an Kaylee Paige took a loss after pitching 3 2/3 innings. Paige gave up six hits, four runs and struck out two.
McDowell 17, Watauga 0, 5 inn.
Hannah Killough had two hits and four RBIs and Kiertsin Kemper had three hits and drove in three runs, sparking the Titans’ non-league win in Marion.
McDowell had 14 hits and scored five runs in the first inning, four in the third inning and seven in the fourth inning.
Abby Wyatt and Emma Washburn each had two hits and one RBI and Miranda Wall added two RBIs for McDowell.
Freshman Brooklyn Framer gained a win after going five innings. She allowed one hit.
Watauga welcomes Alexander Central to Boone on Friday (5 p.m.) for a Northwestern 3A-4A game.
Fred T. Foard, led by a 38 by medalist Jay Busic, won a Western Foothills 3A match (nine holes) at Westport in Denver, N.C., shooting 167 to edge East Lincoln by 10 strokes.
Foard’s Max Cranford and East Lincoln’s Drew Coppin had rounds of 39, and Cole Boggs of Hickory had a 41.
Team scores: 1. Foard 167; 2. E. Lincoln 177; 3. Hickory 185; 4. N. Lincoln 187; 5. W. Iredell 198; 6. N. Iredell 202; 7. St. Stephens 231; 8. Statesville 236.
Best rounds by school: Foard (Jay Busic 38); E.Lincoln (Drew Coppin 39); Hickory (Cole Boggs 41); N. Iredell (Bryson Morrison 46); N. Lincoln (Dyaln Nestor 42); St. Stephens (Carter Gscheidmeier 50); Statesville (Sam Bucker 49); W. Iredell (Chance Barnes 43).