North baseball sweeps South Davidson to open season

Published 12:48 pm Friday, March 1, 2019

The North Stanly Comets baseball team, who finished 23-4 last season and won the Yadkin Valley Conference tournament title, opened the 2019 season Thursday with a YVC doubleheader 10-0, 14-0 sweep at South Davidson.

In the opening game, Drew Little threw four innings of one-hit baseball, striking out seven, to pick up the win for the Comets. Lee Harrison took over for Little in the fifth and scattered three hits, not allowing a run with four strikeouts.

Aharon Faircloth allowed five runs on six hits taking the pitching loss for the Wildcats.

Hunter Sells delivered a three-run home run in the bottom of the first and led the Comets in the game with three RBI. Rhett Lowder added two RBI, going 2-for-2, while Brody Lowder and Dylan Eudy also drove in runs. Nic Melton also had two hits in the game.

North scored at least one run in each of the six innings of the game, playing in the bottom of each frame as the home team. The Comets ended the game with the 10-run rule when Brody Lowder drew a bases-loaded walk off of Wildcat reliever Jackson Ellington.

In the second game, North’s offense exploded for 11 runs on six hits, four walks and three hit batters in the first inning en route to a three-inning win over the Wildcats.

Rhett Lowder got the win for the Comets, striking out six with no walks in three innings of work.

Colby Russell drove in four runs on two hits to lead the offense, while Jacob Clayton and J.D. Whitley added two runs each.

North goes out of conference play this week, including Tuesday’s road game at Anson County. The Comets host the Charlotte Stampede on Thursday and go to Mount Pleasant Friday.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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