Sealey’s pitching ends Legion skid

Published 12:02 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Shawn Sealey pitched superbly, Will Wands continued his unexpected contributions with two hits and the Mocksville Legion baseball team stopped the bleeding with a 4-0 win at Concord on June 24.

The second game of a doubleheader ended a four-game losing streak for Post 174.

Mocksville had more than enough runs after the top of the first. Two of the three runs scored on a bloop hit to right by Dakota Green. With one run in, the runner at third rounded the bag, drawing a throw from the catcher. The throw ended up in left field as another run came in.

Although there was little offensive action after the first, coach Shaggy Wyatt said his team hit better than the score indicates.

“Our guys did hit the ball hard,” he said. “It was just one of those games where we were hitting it right at somebody. But we still pulled away with the win.”

The man most responsible for righting the ship was, of course, Sealey, who went seven innings and turned in a six-hit shutout. He walked two and struck out eight.

“He was dealing,” Wyatt said. “His changeup was working. He’s got a nice slider, but he was overdoing it. He said he had his fastball and changeup working, so that’s what he trusted. Shawn and Dakota (the catcher) worked like a team. He was getting them with high fastballs and that nasty changeup. They had some bloopers, but they didn’t really have any solid hits.”

The defensive play of the game was turned in by first baseman Dan Loyd.

“He made a good play on a solid ball hit to him,” Wyatt said. “Their No. 3 batter barreled it up. It took a bad hop and Dan scooped it.”

Notes: This was Mocksville’s first win since 10-0 over Foothills on June 8. … Mocksville improved to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Division. … Of the three Mocksville-Concord meetings this season, this was the widest margin. In the first meeting, Mocksville won 6-5. In the second meeting, Concord won 6-4.