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April 20, 2014

Stanly County Baseball Notebook

Sunday, April 20, 2014 — In high school baseball games this week, Albemarle and South Stanly faced off with first place in the conference on the line while West Stanly faced two critical Rocky River Conference games against Mount Pleasant.

Thursday’s Games

Albemarle 4, South Stanly 3

The Bulldogs entered this week’s schedule of games in a neck-and-neck race with South Stanly for first place in the Yadkin Valley Conference West standings.

With a win earlier in the week over Gray Stone and a 4-3 road win Thursday over the Rebel Bulls, Albemarle leads South Stanly by 1.5 games in the standings, with two conference games left for the Bulldogs and three for the Bulls.

Justin Crump earned the win on the mound for the Bulldogs (14-3, 7-1 YVC West), allowing one earned run on eight hits with three walks and 12 strikeouts.

Easton Horton took the loss for South Stanly (8-9, 5-2) in six innings of work.

K.J. McKinney led the offensive effort for the Bulldogs with three hits and an RBI, while Rogers Brafford added two hits.

Colten was 3-for-3 on the night with a run scored and an RBI, while Vance Deese added two RBIs. Alex Poplin and Chase Frick each also drove in runs.

Albemarle, South and North Stanly have games this week.

The Bulldogs host a varsity tournament at Don Montgomery Park on Wednesday and Thursday. Albemarle takes on the Greater Cabarrus Stallions Wednesday at 7 p.m., with North Stanly facing West Columbus at 4:30. 

On Thursday, Albemarle and West Columbus kickoff a four-game schedule at noon. West Columbus and GCAA play at 2:30, the Comets play the Stallions at 5 p.m. then Albemarle and North Stanly wrap the event up at 7 p.m.

South Stanly has three games scheduled in the Diamond Beach Classic at West Columbus. The Bulls open Monday at 4 p.m. with Richmond Senior, then play either North Brunswick or Harrell’s Academy on Tuesday. Winslow Township, South Columbus, East Columbus and West Brunswick are the other teams in the tournament.

A    000    202    0    4    9    2

SS    000    001    2    3    8    1

WP – Justin Crump (7 IP, 1 ER, 8 hits, 3 BB, 12 K)

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

Hitters: A – K.J. McKinney 3-3, RBI; Rogers Brafford 2-4; Andre Ridenhour 1-1; Hunter Davis 1-3; Zack Brafford 1-2; Justin Crump 1-4. SS – Colten Allen 3-3, R, RBI; Vance Deese 2-4, RBI; Ryan Coley 1-3, 2B, R; Alex Poplin 1-4, RBI; Chase Frick 1-3, R, RBI; Maxton Horton 1-3.

Friday’s Game

Mt. Pleasant 6, West Stanly 5

The Tigers travelled to Red Cross in a rematch from 24 hours previously, when Mount Pleasant beat the Colts 2-1.

Friday’s return matchup saw the Colts jump out to a 4-0 lead but a five-run fifth lifted the visiting Tigers to a 6-5 win in five innings due to the precipitation.

Josh Holmes went the distance on the mound for Mount Pleasant (10-3, 7-0 RRC), allowing three earned runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Hunter Martin took the loss for West Stanly (11-5, 5-3) in 3.1 innings of work. Martin did not allow an earned run and struck out five in the game.

West score two runs beating out double play attempts, then Will Smith made it 4-0 in the bottom of the second with a two-RBI double down the right-field line.

Mount loaded the bases with two errors and a single in the top of the fourth trailing 4-1. After a fielder’s choice scored a run and a walk, Smith relieved Martin. His first pitch was to Holmes, who delivered a grand slam over the fence in left-center field.

Zac Brown cut the lead to 6-5 with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

West’s game with North Stanly Saturday was cancelled. The Colts travel to Olympic on Tuesday.

MP    001    50        6    4    1

WS    130    10        5    5    3

WP – Josh Holmes (5 IP, 3 ER, 5 hits, 4 BB, 4 K)

LP – Hunter Martin (3.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 hits, 3 BB, 5 K)

Hitters: MP – Josh Holmes 1-3, HR, 4 RBI; Ryan Ross 1-1; E.J. White 1-3; Justin Green 1-2. WS – Will Smith 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Damon Smith 1-3, RBI; Zac Brown 1-1, HR, RBI; Hunter Martin 1-2.

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