Mocksville Legion cruises past Foothills
Published 5:16 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2023
By Brian Pitts
With Darren Shore pitching a complete-game shutout and Bryson Morrison supplying two hits for the second game in a row, the Mocksville Legion baseball team’s home game against Foothills on June 8 was no contest.
Mocksville romped 10-0 in four and a half innings to improve its record to 4-3 after alternating wins/losses in the first six games.
“We played like a complete team,” coach Tristan “Shaggy” Wyatt said.
Shore’s mound performance was everything Wyatt had hoped for. He overcame six walks by holding Foothills to four hits.
“Once again, we got a complete game on the mound,” Wyatt said. “In three of our four wins, I’ve only pitched one guy. That’s excellent and that’s something we’re definitely going to need down the road. Darren was actually a little worried because he’s from Starmount and he faces most of their guys in high school. I said: ‘Don’t worry about it. If they know what you’ve got, then mix it up.’ And he did.”
A six-run explosion in the second was more than enough offense on this night. Andrew McAllister’s double and singles by Dakota Green and Morrison helped Mocksville bust out to a 6-0 lead. Foothills helped the cause with four walks and an error.
Morrison, who had two hits in a 5-4 win over Kannapolis in the previous game, shined again at the plate by going 2 for 2 with two runs, a double and a walk.
“On his double, the barrel hitting the ball sounded beautiful,” Wyatt said. “It went way over the head of the center fielder and one-hopped the wall. He’s been heating up.”
But the best part of the night offensively was the bottom of the lineup. Batting eighth, Sealey went 2 for 3 with two runs.
“When I create the lineup, I try to have a strong top and a strong bottom to make sure we keep things rolling,” Wyatt said. “I have faith in Shawn getting on base.”
And then there was Will Wands going 1-3 with three RBIs in the nine hole. In his first at-bat, he saw seven pitches before grounding into a fielder’s choice out. He put together two more solid at-bats in his first start of the season.
“From what I’ve been hearing from people, you put him in and he’ll do the job,” Wyatt said of Wands, who had no official at-bats and two walks during his junior year at Davie. “So I was interested in seeing what he had. I put him in and he produced really well. One of his outs was a line drive, but the third baseman made a good play on it and got him out. He had three quality at-bats. I was very impressed.”
Mocksville got one hit from McAllister (1-2, two RBIs, double) and Green (1-3), while Hunter Daywalt walked twice.