North baseball wins showdown

Published 1:57 pm Thursday, April 28, 2022

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Blake French went 3 for 4 with a triple and 3 RBIs as North Davie’s baseball team cruised past visiting South Davie 10-0.

Brady Marshall (2-3, double) and Reynolds Tomlinson (2-2) were the other Wildcats with multiple hits.

“Brady and Blake are two big bats in the middle of our lineup,” coach Trevor Gooch said.

Three pitchers combined for a six-inning one-hitter. Josh Whitaker struck out five in three hitless innings. Ian Patton fanned three in two innings. Noah Potts wrapped things up in the sixth.

“Josh had a quality start by throwing strikes and staying ahead of hitters,” Gooch said.

The defensive player of the game was Hayden Potts. “Our defense was solid, especially Hayden, who made several gems at shortstop,” Gooch said.

ND 5, Ellis 2

Tanner Steinour keyed a big inning, Marshall struck out 11 in five innings and the Wildcats won a showdown against visiting Ellis. Both teams came in undefeated in the conference.

Marshall hurled five no-hit innings before giving the ball to Brice Wilson, who recorded the final four outs as North improved to 9-1-1 overall and 7-0 in the league.

“Brady was dominant on the mound and set the tone for our team,” Gooch said.

The Wildcats put up a five-spot in the second. The rally started with walks by Whitaker and Nathan Nuckols. Then came Steinour’s big hit in the form of a two-run double. Potts knocked in a run with a hit, then scored on a passed ball. After Marshall and Ty Sain drew walks, French supplied a run-scoring double.

North lost its shutout bid in the sixth, when Ellis scored twice.

Gooch said the defensive standout was second baseman Nuckols.