SOUTH FORK 2A ROUNDUP: Maiden off to 2-0 start in baseball race

Published Friday, March 8th, 2019

Bandys also 2-0 in conference baseball after beating North Lincoln

Maiden High is off to an unbeaten start in South Fork 2A baseball after rolling past Lincolnton 11-2 on the road on Thursday night.

Ross Fowler threw five innings and allowed two hits and three Blue Devils had two hits as they improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.


Fowler gave up one earned run and struck out six.

Dylan Abernathy had two hits, a walk and scored three runs, Avery Scott had two hits and two RBIs and Grayson Brown had two hits and drove in two runs for Maiden. Carlos Reynoso added a double and scored twice.

Maiden led 3-2 until the fifth inning, when it scored six runs.

E.J. Manjarres took the loss for the Wolves and had both of Lincolnton’s hits. He threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, six runs (two earned), walked two and struck out four.

Maiden plays at Bandys, also 2-0 in the South Fork 2A, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. while Lincolnton plays a non-league game Monday at 4:30 p.m. at North Gaston.

The Blue Devils have already picked up career win No. 250 for head coach Doug McRee, who is back as a head coach in varsity baseball for the first time since 2006.

Maiden’s 19-8 win at Newton-Conover on Tuesday night raised McRee’s record to 250-135, with the 249 wins coming as head coach at Bandys from 1991 through 2006.

Bandys 2, North Lincoln 0

Senior right-hander Cy Spencer threw a three-hitter, striking out four and walking one in a complete game, as the Trojans (3-0, 2-0) knocked off the Knights, who were projected by league coaches to win the league title in a preseason poll.

Ivan Huffman had the game-winning RBI on a groundball out if the fifth inning for Bandys, which had five hits.

Spencer had two hits for the Trojans, including a double, and Jacob Ellis added a hit.

Bandys scored both of its runs in the fifth inning.

North Lincoln had three hits, led by Seth Whitley, and Joey Cobb took the loss. Cobb threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, two runs (one earned) with eight strikeouts and one walk.

The Trojans also beat the Knights at Bandys last season (6-5) before North Lincoln went on a win streak of 18 games that included taking the South Fork 2A title by two games over Bandys.

North Lincoln edged Bandys 6-2 at North Lincoln last year and 3-0 at the Legion Fairgrounds in the conference tournament title game.

The Trojans have a non-league game at home on Friday at 6 p.m. against Bunker Hill, and the Knights are at West Lincoln on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a league game.

Lake Norman Charter 3, West Lincoln 1, 10 inn.

A solo home run by Max Doherty on a 3-1 count broke a 1-all tie in the 10th inning as the Knights won a conference game on the road.

Sophomore Jared Ryan gave up no runs, four hits and struck out four over seven innings for Lake Norman Charter. He threw 99 pitches, 61 for strikes.

The Knights had eight hits with Chris Torres and Casey Bielefeld each having two, and Doherty hit a home run.

Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning, and the Knights survived making five errors to win.

West Lincoln (3-1, 1-1) had seven hits, led by two from Dylan Beam and Chris Moxley homered and drove in a run for the Rebels

Kelton Towery pitched 7 2/3 innings for West Lincoln, giving up five hits, one run (earned), walking four and striking out five. Reliever Dylan Smith took the loss, giving up three hits and two runs (both earned) in one inning.

Lake Norman Charter has a home non-league game on Monday at 4 p.m. against Covenant Day while the Rebels are at home Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a league game against North Lincoln.

East Lincoln 11, Newton-Conover 0, 5 inn.

Gabe Duncan went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, to spark the Mustangs’ conference victory at Newton-Conover.

Derek Martin pitched four innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven, as East Lincoln improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the South Fork 2A.

Freshman Garrett Michel hit a three-run home run, his first at the varsity level, and J.T. Thress walked, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs for the Mustangs.

East Lincoln plays a league game on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Lake Norman Charter while Newton-Conover (0-3, 0-2) goes to Lincolnton for a 7 p.m. conference game.


West Lincoln 4, Lake Norman Charter 2

The Rebels wiped out a two-run deficit with a run in the fourth inning and three more in the fourth inning to win a league game at home.

Morgan Chapman, Gracie Ledford and Jayleigh Drewery drove in runs for West Lincoln (2-1, 1-1), which had five hits led by two from Sydney Burgin.

Katie Willis threw a complete game, giving up four hits, two unearned runs with six strikeouts and one walk for the Rebels.

Lake Norman Charter scored two runs in the first inning.

Bekah Cook struck out six and gave up two earned runs and took the loss for the Knights (1-3, 0-2).

Newton-Conover 5, East Lincoln 4

The Red Devils scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win a league game at home.

Newton-Conover limited East Lincoln to five hits and touched losing pitcher Payton Baker for nine hits and five earned runs.

The Red Devils (2-0, 2-0) play at Lincolnton on Tuesday at 5 p.m., and East Lincoln goes to Lake Norman Charter for a 4 p.m. start on Tuesday.

North Lincoln 1, Bandys 0

Makayla Watts threw a complete game, allowing three hits, and struck out 14 as the Knights won a conference game at Bandys (2-2, 1-1).

North Lincoln (4-0, 2-0) scored the game’s only run – Brooklyn Harris had the run and Morgan McCaslin had the RBI – in the fourth inning.

Haley Patrick had two of the Knights’ six hits.

Lacey Clark, Ashyton Hopson and Kaithlyn Britton had the Trojans’ hits, and losing pitcher Lydia Poovey worked seven innings. She gave up one earned run, walked one and struck out six.

Maiden 19, Lincolnton 0

Caitlyn Wray hit a home run and Rachel Cooke and Addyson Ikard each had two hits, leading the Blue Devils (1-1) to a conference victory over the Wolves on the road.

Maiden plays at Bandys on Tuesday at 6 p.m. while Lincolnton (0-3, 0-1) – outscored 45-5 in the first three games — is at home for a 5 p.m. game against Newton-Conover.

  • Information for the roundup includes reports by West Lincoln head baseball coach John Markley; West Lincoln head softball coach Allan Chapman; Benny Lytton, Bandys SID; Robbie Abernathy, Maiden baseball coaching staff; and Bill Doherty, Lake Norman Charter baseball.

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