The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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May 2, 2014

Stanly County Baseball Notebook

Thursday, May 1, 2014 — In baseball games this week, Albemarle had the opportunity to claim the first Yadkin Valley Conference West regular-season title with a win and a South Stanly loss to North Stanly, while West Stanly hosted Monroe in a doubleheader on senior night for the Colts.

Monday’s Game

Albemarle 4, Queen’s Grant 0

The Bulldogs had a chance before the final game of the regular season to wrap up the first-ever YVC West season title.

Part of that achievement was that Albemarle needed to beat Queen’s Grant at home on Monday, along with help from North Stanly.

Behind the strong pitching of senior Justin Crump, the Bulldogs earned a 4-0 win over the Stallions.

Crump allowed no runs on one hit in the complete-game shutout win for Albemarle (16-3, 9-0 YVC West).

Anthony Campolo took the loss for the Stallions (8-11, 2-6).

Bryan Blanton led the offense for the Bulldogs with two RBIs, while Holden Davis added an RBI double. Hunter Davis had the other hit for Albemarle.

Monday’s win for the Bulldogs pushed the team’s win streak to eight games. The last loss for Albemarle game was at North Stanly on April 10 by a score of 3-1. The two teams play Friday at Don Montgomery Park to wrap up the regular-season before the YVC West tournament starts Monday at South Stanly.

QG    000    000    0    0    1    1

A    020    011    x    4    3    0

WP – Justin Crump (7 IP, 0 R, 5 hits, 5 BB, 8 K)

LP – Anthony Campolo

Hitters: A – Bryan Blanton 1-3, 2 RBI; Hunter Davis 1-3, R; Holden Davis 1-3, R, RBI.

Tuesday’s Games

North Stanly 6

South Stanly 5

The Comets took to the baseball field at South Stanly on Tuesday night supported by more than the normal North fans.

With a win over the Bulls, North would assure that Albemarle could claim the YVC West regular-season title after the Bulldogs’ win Monday over Queen’s Grant.

A big second inning for the Comets gave North enough offense to hold off South in the final innings for a 6-4 road win.

Tyler Burris pitched six innings and earned the win for the Comets (11-9, 5-3 YVC West), while Easton Horton took the loss for South Stanly (9-12, 5-3). Matthew Lambert pitched around two hits in the bottom of the seventh to earn the save.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, the Comets scored six times and sent 10 men to the plate. Noah Crisco drove in two runs with a single along with RBI hits from Will Moore and Lambert and an RBI sacrifice fly from Burris.

South pulled to within two runs in the bottom of the fifth with three runs.

North head coach Will Davis talked about the Comets’ efforts on the mound Tuesday.

“Tyler threw a great game for us,” North head coach Will Davis said.

“Matt has been a big plus to the pitching staff.”

NS    060    000    0    6    9    2

SS    100    003    0    4    8    0

WP – Tyler Burris (6 IP, 3 ER, 7 hits, 3 BB, 11 K)

LP – Easton Horton (4 IP, 6 ER, 7 hits, 3 BB, 5 K)

S – Matthew Lambert

Hitters: NS – Noah Crisco 2-4, 2 RBI; Will Moore 2-3, RBI; Matt Lambert 1-3, RBI; Tyler Burris RBI; Landon Mullis 2-3; Cameron Vick 2-3.

SS – Luke Burris 2-3, RBI; Vance Deese 2-4; Alex Poplin 1-4, 2 RBI; Ryan Coley 1-4; Eli Blake 1-4; Trey Lisk 1-3.

Monday’s Games

West Stanly 13-18

Monroe 0-0

The final two games of the conference regular season for West Stanly were played Monday in a home doubleheader against the winless Monroe Redhawks.

The Colts improved to 14-5 overall and finished 7-3 in the Rocky River Conference Standings with wins of 13-0 and 18-0 over Monroe.

Zac Brown pitched a perfect five-inning game in the opening contest with 13 strikeouts, while Hunter Martin allowed just one hit in three innings with eight strikeouts in Game Two.

For the day, Brown also added six hits and 5 RBIs, while Damon Smith had four hits and scored five runs for West. Baron Whitley was 2-4 with four runs scored and an RBI, Trey Barbee added three runs and two RBIs, and Harrison Flowed delivered a grand slam.

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