Sanders, Allen terrific on mound
Published 10:38 am Thursday, April 21, 2022
Brady Marshall struck out 10 in four scoreless innings. As if that wasn’t enough, he went 3 for 3 with a double and triple to lead North Davie’s baseball team to a 9-2 road win over North Carolina Leadership Academy on April 6.
The game was stopped after six innings via a one-hour, 45-minute time limit.
After Marshall threw two-hit ball for four innings, Brice Wilson struck out two in a scoreless fifth. Jacob Morgan got the final three outs for North.
Blake French was the other big stick for the Wildcats (7-1-1), going 2-3 with a double, triple and three RBIs.
“Brady was a dominant presence on the mound,” coach Trevor Gooch said. “He also had a big day at the plate. He was intentionally walked in his last at-bat. Blake cranked two big hits.”
The defensive player of the game was Tanner Steinour, and it wasn’t the first time for the catcher.
“Tanner put on a clinic by blocking balls in the dirt and throwing out two runners trying to steal,” Gooch said.
Ellis is 5-2 and could easily be 6-1. One of the losses was 2-1 in nine innings to unbeaten Watauga.
The Jaguars trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. They pushed in the tying run with a sac fly.
“We had a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on,” coach Mike Dinkins said.
Ellis had chances in the eighth and ninth, too.
“In the eighth, we left a runner on second,” Dinkins said. “In the ninth, we had the bases loaded with one out and we grounded into a double play. That’s the most heartbreaking loss I’ve ever had.”
Aidan Sanders and Logan Allen provided superb pitching. Sanders worked a two-hit shutout for five innings, walking one and striking out six. Not bad for a guy who had not touched the Ellis mound before this game.
“He had never pitched one inning at Ellis,” Dinkins said. “He came to me a couple of weeks ago and asked if he could throw in the bullpen. I said: ‘Yeah, let’s go.’”
Allen went three innings, the only run scoring on a bloop single over the shortstop’s head.
“We’ve been using Logan as a closer,” Dinkins said.
Watauga broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth. With two outs and two strikes, a pinch-hitter rolled a run-scoring grounder between short and third.
Allen hit a home run in a home win over Wesleyan Christian Academy, and Foster has impressed as a pitcher/third baseman.
“Logan’s been hitting the ball extremely well,” Dinkins said. “Brandon can play the game. Defensively, he’s up there with (Brandon) Lankford. He can be legit.”
Dinkins added: “I’ll be sending several good ones to the high school.”