Mooresville punishes Mocksville
By Brian Pitts
The Mocksville Senior Legion baseball team’s game at Mooresville on July 13 mirrored the previous three games (12-6 loss to Davidson County, 14-0 loss to Stokes County and 15-0 loss to Kannapolis).
After back-to-back shutout losses, Mocksville had a four-day break. When Post 174 returned to the field, its futility just continued.
Mocksville fell to 5-12 overall and 4-3 in the Southern Division. The loss ended any hope of a second-place finish and a possible playoff berth. When the night ended, the standings were: Rowan County 6-0, Kannapolis 3-2, Mocksville 4-3, Mooresville 2-3, Concord 0-7.
Things were grim for the visitors by the second inning. Five of the first six batters for Mooresville either singled or doubled, and the deficit went from 1-0 to 5-0.
Jaydon Holder, a rising junior, had been amazingly consistent and tough all year for Davie High and Mocksville, but no one is perfect and this was not his night. He was knocked out after 1.1 innings.
Landon Lowtharpe did perfectly fine in relief, although the damage had been done on a night when Mocksville’s offense only managed seven hits and one run. Lowtharpe held Mooresville to two hits and one run over 4.2 innings. He struck out five.
The loss overshadowed good offensive nights for Trot Byerly and Elijah Miller, both of whom went 2 for 3. Byerly had a double. Mocksville got 1-3 efforts from Logan Allen, Jovany Mendez and Dan Loyd.
Notes: Mooresville avenged a 2-0 loss to Mocksville on June 29. … Mooresville outhit Mocksville 9-7. … Mocksville did not lose because of poor defense. It only had one error. (Mooresville did not commit one).