Mocksville White beast West Forsyth

Published 10:11 am Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Pitcher Tommy Mattox was fantastic, Giovanni Mendez, JT Bumgarner and Cole Turner rapped multiple hits and the Mocksville White baseball team took down West Forsyth Blue, 5-2, in Clemmons on June 29.

Mattox surpassed expectations in his first mound action of the season, giving up one run and striking out five in five innings.  “Mattox looked really good,” coach Mike Dinkins said. “He hadn’t thrown for us at all, and it was only the second time this year he’s actually pitched in a game. He told me he had pitched two innings for a travel ball team. He was very consistent.”

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Mocksville took control by scoring two in the second and third innings. It was 5-1 before West got an inconsequential run in the seventh.

Mendez went 3 for 4 in the leadoff spot. Bumgarner (2-3) banged a pair of doubles. Turner also went 2-3.

“Both were on the nose,” Dinkins said of Bumgarner’s doubles. “The first one was in the right-center gap. The second one was in the gap in left-center.”

Vance Visser closed on the mound and struck out four in two innings. The defense got the job done behind Mattox and Visser as Mocksville evened its record at 2-2 with its second straight win.

“We played good defense,” he said. “Wesley Mason made a nice running catch. Turner made a nice play. (Shortstop) Trot Byerly makes some plays that make you go: ‘How in the heck did he get to that ball?’

“This is a good bunch of kids. We’re starting to play good baseball.”