NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A ROUNDUP: Bunker Hill gets first win for new head baseball coach

Published Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Bunker Hill High picked up the first win for its new head baseball coach, Todd Setzer, on Wednesday by winning 3-2 at St. Stephens. Setzer’s coaching career also includes a tenure at St. Stephens./BUNKER HILL HIGH PHOTO

Bunker Hill High got the winning run in the fifth inning – on a wild pitch – to collect the first win for Todd Setzer as head coach on Wednesday.

Setzer replaced Marty Curtis, who retired after 35 years as head coach at Bunker Hill.

Bunker Hill’s Thaxton Isenhour singled in the fifth inning with one out and stole second base. He moved to third on Seth Moore’s infield hit and then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Isenhour went 2-for-3 for the Bears (1-2), who had five hits, and the Indians had three hits.

Seth Moore went six innings and got a win, giving up three hits, two runs (both earned), walking five and striking out six. Seth Pennington closed, pitching one inning, and gained a save.

St. Stephens starter Julien Peissel took the loss. He gave up five hits and three runs (one earned), walked none and struck out four.

The Indians (2-1) scored their runs in the first inning when Matt Walker walked, stole second base, and advanced on a single by Jake Speaks. Walker scored on a single by Josh Kidd and Speaks scored on a wild pitch.

The Bears got two runs in the third to tie it. Christyan Murry singled, Isenhour reached on an infield error and a throwing error at third base scored Murry. Carson Sigmon’s ground out scored Isenhour, making it 2-2.

Bunker Hill plays another non-league game on  Friday at 7 p.m., going to Bandys (the game was originally set for Thursday).

St. Stephens is at home on Thursday (6:30 p.m.) for a Northwestern 3A-4A game against Hickory.

Burns 4, Draughn 3

The host Bulldogs scored all of their runs in the third inning and held the Wildcats to three hits.

Colton Singleton, Braxton Cox and Gabe Strickland each had a hit for Draughn (0-3).

Tyler McKinney took the loss for the Wildcats, going three innings. He gave up five hits, four runs (all earned), walked two and struck out one.

Burns improved to 3-0.

Draughn has a conference game at home on Thursday (7 p.m.), facing East Burke.

Shelby 17, East Burke 3

The Golden Lions pounded the visiting Cavs in a non-conference game.

Chase Lowman had two hits for East Burke and Emery Propst, Austin Teague and Cash Norman each had a single.

East Burke plays a conference game at Draughn at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The game was moved up from Friday.

All 3 conference games moved to Thursday

With a threat of rain for Friday, all three Northwestern Foothills 2A games have been moved to Thursday.

East Burke will be at Draughn at 7 p.m., Hibriten meets Patton at Patton at 6:30 p.m., and Foard goes to West Iredell for a 6:15 p.m. start.

The East Burke-Draughn game was originally scheduled at East Burke.


Bunker Hill 16, North Wilkes 0, 3 inn.

The Bears had a nine-run third inning and rolled to a road victory with 17 hits.

Winning pitcher Payton Bryant allowed one hit.

North Wilkes (0-3) made three errors.

The Bears (2-0) led 2-0 after one inning and 7-0 after two innings.

Bunker Hill has a home non-conference game on Friday at 4:30 p.m., playing Wilkes Central.

North Lincoln 7, Fred T. Foard 4

The Knights had a 5-0 lead until the visiting Tigers scored four runs in the sixth inning.

North Lincoln allowed only four hits with Ragan Padgett, Emily Campbell, Haylea Gilleland and Kalea Bolch getting one each for Foard. Campbell drove in three runs.

Adison Yoder took the loss for the Tigers (0-1), pitching four innings. She gave up eight hits, five runs (four earned) with no walks and three strikeouts.

North Lincoln is off to a 3-0 start in which it has outscored opponents 42-5.

Foard plays a league game at West Iredell at 5 p.m. on Thursday while North Lincoln has a South Fork 2A game at Bandys (7 p.m.) on Friday.

Games now scheduled on Thursday

Conference games between East Burke and Draughn and Fred T. Foard and West Iredell will be played a day early.

East Burke is at Draughn at 4:30 p.m. and Foard’s game at West Iredell starts at 5 p.m.

The East Burke-Draughn game was originally scheduled at East Burke.


Maiden 1, Fred T. Foard 1 (tie)

The Blue Devils and Tigers battled to a tie at Maiden.

Gracie Arrowood scored for the Blue Devils on an assist by Kassi Kiziah.

Marley Mingus had 19 saves for Maiden.

Foard dropped to 2-1-1 and Maiden is 1-0-1.

Fred T. Foard visits A.C. Reynolds on Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Maiden is at home on Friday at 6 p.m. against Bunker Hill.

  • Information for the roundup includes reports by: Adam Windham, St. Stephens head baseball coach; Brian Branch, East Burke head baseball coach Randy Joines, Bunker Hill head softball coach; and Lindsay Presnell, Maiden soccer coaching staff.

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