Friday March 20th games
Charlotte Christian 1 Providence Day 0
Two of the very best lefthanded pitchers in the country faced off here tonight in Philp Abner (Christian) and John Miralia (PDS) With college and pro baseball shutdown, the line of traffic from just college coaches and pro scouts caused a traffic jam on both sides of Sardis Rd. Playing under the Christian lights, everybody wanted to see this one. Christian head football coach Jason Estep and basketball head coach Shonn Brown donned the orange traffic vests to lead cars onto every space on campus including the track.
Abner, fighting a little case of nerves with so many pro scouts on hand, plunked the leadoff batter Baker Olin in the shoulder. From that point forward, Abner looked like a million dollars, several million in fact. He went the distance, only allowing a Colin Ravin single in the fifth and a walk to Grayson Tappy and Charlie Zalinsky. Abner recorded 15 K’s
Miralia was equally as tough, mowing down the Christian hitters to the tune of 14 K’s over seven innings. Jaxon Byrd and Chase Corbett earned back to back walks in the sixth inning before a lazy bloop single by Brett Adams scored courtesy runner JB Awolowo.
MVP Philip Abner and John Miralia
Myers Park 7 Country Day 5
These two neighbor schools hooked up for a Public vs Private Battle. Todd Lautenshlager took the rock for Myers Park and scattered 8 hits across 5 innings, allowing four runs. Papi Sandoval added three hits and three RBI’s to help the Mustangs. Owen Williams recorded two doubles and Luke Barbaryka hit his second home run of the season to provide the seven runs.
Cooper Bates started the game for Country Day and allowed four runs in five innings. He was relieved by Jack Bowling. Huck Wathan made his first start of the year at SS as Davis Prevette went behind the dish. Both players hit first inning RBI doubles. Prevette would later slice a double down the left field line, scoring Scott Hosmer and Stephen Payne.
MVP: Papi Sandoval
Covenant Day 8 East Meck 5
Feeling a little down after the lighting issue at Warner Park the night before, The Lions were in no mood for goodwill gestures surrounding this annual game between two head coaches that enjoy competing with one another, David Houseton and Clint Koppe.
Jon Rossi got the start on the mound and responded with 8 K’s in six innings of work. Rossi also doubled twice to lead the Lions, Carson Dunlap went 1-1 with three walks which led to three runs. Landon Myers in his first start of the season stepped in with a RBI single late in the game.
Trey Truitt was intentionally walked all four plate appearances. Brock Fowler made the Lions pay the price twice as he drive in Truitt on consecutive singles. Cam Watts, Cannon Turner and Shane Troglin all recorded RBI’s
MVP Jon Rossi
Carmel Christian School 11 Charlotte Latin 3
Coming in ranked as the # 1 team in the 3A private school rankings, Carmel Christian was operating on all eight cylinders. Cooper King pitched four innings and recorded 10 strikeouts, allowing two unearned runs. King now leads the state in strikeouts. Tyler Roakes came on in relief for a three inning save. Lucas Martino, a HR Derby contestant for the Virtual Derby on Sunday blasted a 461 foot HR as registered by the Flight Scope. Gage Lewis reached base safely all four plate appearances with two singles a walk and a hit by pitch. Chris Manriquez doubled for an RBI off the left field wall. Roakes went 3-5 on the evening with four total bases and Bryson Pisicano recorded his first two hit game of the year, following a three year layoff from baseball. Griggs Blankenburg responded with a double in his first start of the season.
Charlotte Latin pitched a group of arms on a bullpen day; Ryan Sweet, Max Rimler, Nathan Rimler, Ben McCarter and Charles Watson. Leading the hit parade for Latin was William Atwell (2 hits), Nathan Samii, TJ Creamer and Thomas Hullinger. Nathan Rimler had the unique distinction of scoring his brother Max on a suicide squeeze.
MVP Gage Lewis
Sun Valley 8 Metrolina Christian 4
Sun Valley’s Brandon Butterworth provided the big stick in this one, going 4-4 with three RBI’s. Greg Bello and Jack Wooten added two hits each. Mason Tinsley picked up the win in relief.
Metrolina Christian Michael Forrett pitched five innings with 11 strikeouts. A couple of ill timed errors hurt the Warriors. Bryan Kerns, Braxton West and Tommy Miller all had two hits.
MVP: Brandon Butterworth
Hough 9 South Lake Christian 2
Luke Osteen pitched well against close by SouthLake Christian Academy. He also recorded 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s. Aiden Evans, Jiwon Yun and Evan Swiney each had RBI doubles
Tyler Herkey took the loss for SLC. Gavin Fragal and Derek Farley each had two hits. Mikey Polito hit a solo shot in the second over the RF wall.
MVP Evan Swiney
Mooresville 1 Lake Norman 0
When one were to look at the definition of rivalry in the dictionary…..you may see the definition of this as a sporting event taking place between Lake Norman and Mooresville HS sports teams. That would be true again in the 2020 HS baseball virtual league The battle of East and West of I-77 takes place on the hostile turf of Mooresville HS on 3/18. **Note Mooresville HS is one of the only schools in the area where a rain out hardly ever takes place due to an all turf infield and grass outfield.
The game billed as one of the top LHP pitching matches in the area holds true as visiting Lake Norman starting pitcher Cameron Arnold (NC State) faces off against Cameron Clonch (East Carolina) from Mooresville. Through the first 4 innings both pitchers are perfect with 12 up and 12 down.
Lake Norman breaks up the no-hitter in the top of the 5th with a leadoff 2B by CF Rudd Ulrich. Ulrich is successfully bunted over by the next hitter C Carson Arnold…however MHS turns a highlight double play on a line drive shot to 3B Sr. Matt Wendall stepping on the bag for the 3rd out.
With one of the best student sections in the Charlotte metro area calling themselves the “Quack Attack”…..MHS manages to break up the no-hit bit thrown by Arnold in the bottom of the 7th with a leadoff bunt single by 9 hole hitter Trevor McHowell. After a walk and sac bunt by Reed Sullivan, Clonch delivers a sacrifice fly to deep CF to score McHowell off relief RHP Luke Schmolke for the winning walk-off run.
Conference rematch in the coming weeks at Lake Norman….stay tuned.
Sumner 1-3, 1B……Ulrich 1-4 2B…Cameron Arnold 6.1 IP, 11K’s 0 BB’s
McHowell (1-2, Infield Hit…..Clonch 7IP, 8K’s 1BB.)
MVP Cameron Clonch
South Meck 4 Olympic 2
Winslow Brown picked up the W on the mound for the Sabres. Winslow pitched five inning with 5 Ks before Kewan Braziel came in for the save. Leading hitters for Sabres included Devin Armstong with 2 hits, Tago Castro with a double, Bo Davidson with a triple and Casey Devine with a RBI single in the sixth inning.
Jacob Steinmetz threw four solid inning for Olympic and was stuck with the loss, He recorded 4 stikeouts. Leading hitters included Josh Lail, Camden Ledford, Alex Moreno and Carson Mullen all with one hit.
MVP Winslow Brown
Marvin Ridge 8 Charlotte Catholic 1
Kyle McKernan, the Furman signee went the distance for the Mavericks, allowing only two hits with 11 K’s. The Mavericks were led in hitting by Mickey Baia, Miller St John, and Sean Seale, all with 2 RBI’s.
Charlotte Catholic pitched a combination of Jack Davidson, Alex Featherstone and Luke Taylor. Featherstone recorded both hits for Charlotte Catholic, scoring Justin Mansfield for the team’s lone run.
MVP Kyle McKernan
Cuthbertson 3 Ardrey Kell 2
Brandon Hudson and Noah Weston combined for a five hitter to top the Knights. Carson Pelletier, Bennett Wolff and John Newton all contributed RBI’s.
The Knights tossed Parker Anderson for the first 5 innings, and he responded with 7Ks and only allowed four hits. An odd rule interpretation in the sixth inning on a ball bouncing off the backstop allowed Cuthbertson to take the lead.
Tate Ellis and Nick Kwiat each had RBI’s
MVP Noah Weston