Allen, Angus get 2 hits each in Jr. Legion win
Published 1:26 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2023
By Brian Pitts
After losing its first two games, the Mocksville Junior Legion baseball team got two hits from Logan Allen and Corbin Angus and Post 174 broke into the win column with an 11-5 home victory over Randolph County.
The season began, however, with an 8-3 road loss to Davidson County on May 23. New head coach Chad Cox, who replaced Mike Dinkins, tipped his cap to Davidson, which scored between one and three runs in each of the first four innings.
“They are a good hitting ballclub,” Cox said. “(Mocksville’s starting pitcher) did his job. Anywhere he threw it – inside, outside, up, down – they could hit the ball.”
Mocksville trailed 8-1 before scoring twice in the seventh inning. Its top hitter was Craig McBride, who went 2 for 4. Getting one hit were Nate Barr (1-3, two RBIs, walk), Jacob Hicks (1-3, walk), Matthew Glenn (1-2) and Angus (1-4). Carson Queen drew two walks.
It was a tough evening for Mocksville’s first two pitchers. The third one, Xander Shinsky, had success. He did not allow a hit in two innings.
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Mocksville got off to a flying start, but it was ultimately run-ruled by West Forsyth Blue in Clemmons on May 24.
In the top of the first, McBride, Queen, Barr and Hicks mashed doubles as Mocksville charged to a 4-0 lead. Aaron Hutchens added a single in the big inning.
West, though, answered with four in the bottom of the first and cruised from there. The hosts took total control when it scored six times in the third to open up a 12-4 lead.
Kason Stewart went 2 for 3 with a double to lead Mocksville. McBride, Queen, Barr and Hicks all went 1-3. Hutchens was 1-2. West’s offense knocked around four pitchers.
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Even though Randolph County scored twice in the top of the first, Mocksville had no trouble taking its home opener on a rainy Saturday.
Mocksville poured across five runs in the bottom of the first. Allen and Angus had hits and Mocksville blended in four walks to gain the upper hand.
Mocksville used one hit (an Allen single) and three walks to push the margin to 8-2 in the second. The lead continued to grow in the third.
Allen (2-3, three stolen bases) and Angus (2-3, two RBIs) shined the brightest for Mocksville’s offense. Queen (1-1, two RBIs, walk), Jackson Lea (1-1, two walks, two steals) and Hicks (1-2, two steals) had one hit each. McBride had two walks and two steals, and Barr had two walks as Mocksville scored in all four of its at-bats. The game was scheduled for five innings and ended after four and a half.
Parker Davis and Joe Barnes did the pitching in the win.
Notes: Cox does not have a son on the team. “I just love being around the game,” he said. “If I wasn’t coaching, I would try to get into umpiring.” … Mocksville has six games in seven days between May 29-June 4. It will be at home on June 1 and 3.