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West baseball’s 13-game win streak ends in home loss

The first game of a three-game Rocky River Conference baseball series between West Stanly and Mount Pleasant, the first and second place teams in the standings, took more than 24 hours to play from the beginning.

After playing two innings to a 3-3 tie Monday night, the home plate umpire was not able to continue after taking a foul tip directly to the front of his protective mask.

The next night with a new set of umpires, Mount Pleasant rallied from a 4-3 deficit with a grand slam from Will Gray to earn an 8-6 win over West, ending a 13-game win streak for the Colts.

Gray got the pitching win for the Tigers (13-4, 13-0 RRC) in relief of Monday’s starter, Hunter Sloop. He allowed two earned runs on four hits with six walks and seven strikeouts.

Trent Wilson took the loss for the Colts (15-2, 12-1) also in relief of the starting pitcher, senior Cody Kidd. Wilson pitched all five innings on Tuesday giving up three earned runs on eight hits walking two and fanning 6.

Lukas Scott put West up in the bottom of the third with an RBI bases loaded walk but the lead was short lived after Gray’s four-RBI homer to left-center field the next inning.

The two teams play Wednesday and Thursday nights at Mount Pleasant.

West will play Central Cabarrus on Saturday in the opening round of the East Rowan Easter baseball tournament. The Colts will also play Monday and Tuesday in the tournament as well.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. 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 been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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