North baseball opens with win

Published 12:39 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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Ian Patton pitched three hitless innings and Tanner Steinour went 2 for 4 as North Davie’s baseball team opened the season with a 4-1 home win over High Point Christian on Feb. 28.

The Wildcats did all of their scoring in the bottom of the first, a flurry that began with a Steinour double. After Hayden Potts reached with a bunt hit, Blake French drove in two with a double. Ty Sain walked, French scored on a wild pitch and Jack Greer knocked in the fourth run with a single.

Patton, who struck out five, French (one inning pitched) and Potts (one inning) held HPC hitless for five innings. Steinour worked the final two innings.

One of Steinour’s hits was a double. French went 1 for 3 with a double.

“A nice win to start the season,” coach Trevor Gooch said. “Ian pitched well and we got good pitching in relief.”

The defensive standout was outfielder Preston Young. “Preston had some nice catches in right field,” Gooch said.

Watauga 8, ND 2

Steinour went 3 for 3 with a double, but the Wildcats lost at home to Watauga on March 1.

North’s third and fourth pitchers of the day did manage to keep Watauga from scoring, with Nolan Allen going 1.1 innings and Sain pitching in the seventh.

French, Noah Potts and H. Potts all went 1 for 3.

“Our pitchers pitched well, but we made some errors in the field,” Gooch said. “Tanner is knocking the cover off the ball. Hayden had some defensive gems at shortstop.”