Steinhour, French hot bats for North Davie
Published 1:41 pm Tuesday, March 28, 2023
What a week for North Davie baseball. A week after getting crushed 18-1 by Wesleyan Christian Academy, the Wildcats pulled an amazing reversal and stunned the Trojans 9-5 at home on March 21.
The game ended after six innings due to a two-hour time limit.
North built a 5-0 lead before watching Wesleyan climb back within 5-4. Then North rebuilt the lead to 9-4.
Blake French (2-2, home run, two RBIs), Ty Sain (2-3, two RBIs, double) and Hayden Potts (2-3, double, three runs) were the big sticks. Noah Potts, Ty Greene, Ian Patton and Sain split the pitching.
“It felt really good to flip the script,” coach Trevor Gooch said. “Blake cranked a home run in the third inning to give us a big lift.”
North got one hit each from Tanner Steinour (1-2), Jack Greer (single, RBI), Greene (1-3), Jason Riddle (1-1, RBI) and Taylor Shenberger (1-2).
The top defensive play was turned in by Mack Ridenhour, who made a nice catch in right field.
ND 13, Watauga 0
Three days later, the Wildcats kicked butt at Watauga to push their record to 6-2.
French (three innings), Patton (one inning) and Alex Bowles (two innings) combined for a no-hitter, and Steinour (3-3, double) and French (3-3) dominated at the plate.
“We played a great game – no-hitter, no errors, 11 hits,” Gooch said. “Blake pitched out of some jams with a good curveball and a pitcher’s best friend, a double play. We turned three double plays. Blake is also crushing the ball.”
Potts went 1-2 with three runs and Sain (1-3) had a double as North scored in five of its six at-bats.
“Taylor was the defensive standout at second base,” Gooch said. “Tanner continues his hot bat with an eight-game hitting streak. Ty always comes up with a big hit with men on base. Hayden is hitting the ball well.”