The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 13, 2014

Stanly County Baseball Notebook

North Stanly slams past Salisbury; West Stanly bests Cuthbertson

By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor

Sunday, March 9, 2014 — In baseball games on Tuesday night, the North Stanly Comets put up big offensive numbers in a non-conference win over Salisbury while West Stanly got another solid pitching performance from senior Zac Brown in a win over Cuthbertson.

North Stanly 10, Salisbury 4

After losing to Anson County 3-1 to open the season, North Stanly wrapped up a two-game non-conference home stand, taking on a Salisbury Hornets squad that opened their season with a win at South Stanly then lost at Davie County.

The Comets jumped out to an early lead and surged ahead on one big swing of the bat from senior Zac Almond in a 10-4 win over the Hornets.

Tyler Burris got the win on the mound for North Stanly (1-1), going the distance and allowing two earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.

The Comets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Noah Crisco singled then Will Moore and Zac Almond walked to the load the bases. Landon Mullis then brought in two runs with a double and Almond then scored to put North up 3-0.

Almond struck in the bottom of the second inning with the bases loaded and one out, clearing the bases with a grand slam to put the Comets up 7-0.

Salisbury (1-2) rallied in the top of the third with four runs on three hits to cut the lead to 7-4.

North added three runs in the third and Burris held the Hornets to no runs on two hits the remainder of the game to earn his first win of the season.

Friday’s game with Mount Pleasant was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has not been scheduled yet.

North Stanly plays at West Montgomery on Tuesday.

S    004    000    0    4    5    0

NS    343    000    x    10    12    3

WP – Tyler Burris (7 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits, 4 BB, 8 K).

Hitters: NS – Zac Almond 1-4, HR, 4 RBI; Luke Lowder 2-3, 2B; Noah Crisco 3-4, RBI; Tyler Burris 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Landon Mullis 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI.

West Stanly 5, Cuthbertson 3

The baseball programs of West Stanly and Cuthbertson established a strong rivalry in their years in the Rocky River Conference, battling for supremacy in the conference a number of seasons.

On Tuesday, the now 3A Cavaliers paid a visit to Red Cross where the host Colts got another strong performance from Zac Brown in a 5-3 win for West.

Brown went six innings for the win for the Colts (2-0), allowing three earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

Will Smith pitched the seventh inning and earned the save for the Colts.

Tyler Huneycutt led West at the plate, going 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Hunter Martin also added two RBIs for the Colts.

In the JV game, West won 8-2. Hunter Williams got the win on the mound, while Hunter Doby, Eric Huneycutt, Williams and Christian Boone had two hits each.