Legion baseball offense cools off

Published 5:15 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Kannapolis hammered the Mocksville Legion baseball team 10-0 on June 1. Four days later, Mocksville topped Kannapolis 5-4.

Now move forward to June 8-9. Mocksville battered Foothills 10-0 at Rich Park. One night later, Foothills squeaked out a 3-1 decision over Mocksville.

As they say in baseball: That’s baseball.

In the first meeting against Foothills, Mocksville scored in three of four at-bats and breezed. But its offense cooled significantly at Mt. Airy High. It only managed three hits and wasted a terrific mound outing from Dan Loyd, who worked a complete-game three-hitter.

Foothills did all its scoring in the first two innings, pushing across three runs on two hits, two walks and an error.

“Dan threw another gem,” assistant coach Blake Little said after Loyd gave up one earned run in six innings. “He got into some early trouble, but he settled in nicely.”

“Dan did a great job at filling the zone up,” assistant coach Jimmy Britt said. “We just couldn’t quite get the bats alive in time for him to get the win.”

Mocksville missed an opportunity in the top of the first, failing to score after loading the bases with one out. That proved to be its best chance to take control.

Down by three, Mocksville got on the board in the third. Bryson Morrison and Dakota Green had back-to-back singles, and Morrison scored on an error.

Mocksville’s next 12 batters, though, were retired as both teams finished with three hits.

“They threw (multiple pitchers),” Little said of Foothills. “They were hitting their spots all night and keeping us offbalance.”

Notes: Morrison and Green both went 1 for 2. Tyson Hinkle (1-3) had the only other hit. … Head coach Shaggy Wyatt was unable to attend the game, so Little and Britt ran the show.