Furious rally falls short for juniors
Published 5:23 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2023
By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
Monster offensive games for Kason Stewart and Craig McBride were tarnished by two home losses in two days for the Mocksville Junior Legion baseball team.
Post 174 lost 14-5 to High Point on June 9, and its furious rally fell short in a 12-10 loss to Davidson County on June 10. The setbacks left Mocksville 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the division.
Stewart went 4 for 4 against High Point, but his second straight four-hit game wasn’t nearly enough against an opponent that established a 9-1 lead before Mocksville got four back in the fourth. Carson Queen had a huge game as well, going 3 for 4 with a double.
Mocksville lost by nine despite getting just as many hits (11) as High Point. The biggest problem: Three pitchers combined to walk 11 batters.
Mocksville got one hit from Jackson Lea (1-2), Jacob Hicks (1-3, two RBIs, double), Joshua Whitaker (1-3) and Joe Barnes (1-3). Corbin Angus had two walks.
One day later against Davidson County, Mocksville was one hit from tying the game in the bottom of the seventh. That didn’t seem possible when Davidson was building a 9-0 lead by scoring one in the fourth, five in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Mocksville, though, refused to throw in the towel. In the bottom of the sixth, the hosts came roaring back by scoring eight runs on three hits, seven walks and a hit batsman. The hits came from Logan Allen, Queen and McBride.
Davidson County put up three in its final at-bat, but Mocksville mounted another comeback in the bottom of the seventh. The rally started with two outs and nobody on. McBride, Stewart, Allen and Hicks put together consecutive hits. When Angus walked, the bases were loaded with Mocksville down by two.
But Davidson held on by getting a groundout to first.
McBride (4 for 5) and Allen (3-3, two runs, two RBIs, two walks) were the biggest offensive stars. Hicks (2-4, walk) was the third Mocksville player with multiple hits. Post 174 got one hit from Queen (1-5), Stewart (1-4, two RBIs, double, walk) and Nate Barr (1-1). Lea had two walks.
Mocksville outhit Davidson 12-10, but that advantage was negated by 11 walks from its three pitchers.