GREENVILLE - The home-run balls were flying out of Greenville’s Elm Street Park Saturday morning at a high rate. Unfortunately for the McDowell Little League All-Stars, more of them came off the opponents' bats. McDowell lost to Myers Park Trinity 16-4 in five innings to end its run in the 2014 North Carolina Little League State Tournament. Both teams came out hitting the ball in Saturday’s elimination game, compiling a combined 20 hits with six extra-base hits, including five home runs. McDowell was the first to get on the scoreboard 2-0 in the top half of the first inning. It all started with a leadoff walk to Jacob Suttles. Then, Candace Cooper delivered her first hit of the State Tournament, a line-drive, two-run homer to right field to give McDowell its only lead of the game. However the home team answered with a four-run first inning off McDowell starting pitcher Austin Piercy, an inning in which nine batters came to the plate. R.J. Scholtus and Reed Bolin each had one-out singles to start the rally. Jack Shaw got Myers Park on the board 1-0 with a single to left scoring a run. Kyle Evans then drove in a run after reaching on a fielding error. Runs also scored on an infield fly and a single from Henry Minges to put Myers Park in front 4-2. After a scoreless second, McDowell answered with a pair of runs in the third inning to get back even 4-4. Suttles reached for the second time in the game with a basehit. Then after a strikeout from Cooper, Jayden Birchfield tied the game with a two-run homer to deep center. That turned out to be as close as McDowell could get the rest of the way as Myers Park answered with a decisive five-run third which turned the game in their favor. In the third Myers Park again brought nine to the plate and the biggest hits of that frame were a three-run homer by Minges and a two-run blast by Ben Morehead to pull away. Myers Park then added seven more runs in the fifth to force the mercy rule. Piercy took the loss for McDowell going, 2 1/3 innings and allowing nine runs on eight hits and walking one batter. Suttles went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles. Cooper and Birchfield drove in two runs each. Dylan Aldridge and Piercy had a hit each for McDowell in the loss. Despite the loss, McDowell County’s Little League program has had a very successful 2014 campaign, winning its first District 7 championship and picking up the first State Tournament win in league history, beating South Durham 4-3 on Thursday.
GREENVILLE – The North State Little League Baseball team handed McDowell County its first loss in State Tournament play Friday afternoon, shutting out the McDowell Little Leaguers 14-0 in the second day of play at Greenville’s Elm Street Park.
GREENVILLE – A big dose of quality pitching along with a pinch of timely hitting was the prefect recipe for the McDowell 11-12 Little League All-Stars as they beat the South Durham All-Stars 4-3 in the first game of the North Carolina State Little League Tournament at Elm Street Park in Greenville.
McDowell's 11-12 Little League baseball team edged South Durham 4-3 in the first round of the State Tournament in Greenville Thursday.
For the second year in a row, McDowell County native and Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland showed why he is one of the best late-inning pitchers in the American League.
While the McDowell Little League All-Stars will be making on-the-field preparations over the next few days for state tournament play, the McDowell Little League office is hard at work trying to get all financial needs met in a short amount of time.
McDowell County’s 11-12-year-old Little League All-Stars knew after squandering a chance of sweeping the District 7 championship Wednesday night that the District title game against Morganton would test their mental fortitude.
Former McDowell Titans and Montreat College baseball standout Tyler Hopkins was chosen to the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League All-Star team and will take part in the league’s All-Star Game Saturday in Hickory.
Morganton’s Little League All-Stars spoiled the McDowell All-Stars’ chance of running through District 7 11-12-year-old play unblemished.
He’s done it again.
The North Carolina Softball Coaches Association concluded its end-of-season awards on Monday, handing out its All-State selections, and five McDowell Lady Titans were recognized as some of the state’s elite in the 4A classification.
The McDowell County 11-12 Little League All-Stars are one step closer to a District 7 championship after dismantling Avery County 15-5 in five innings Saturday afternoon at East Marion Ballpark.
The McDowell County Little League All-Stars got off to a great start on Thursday, winning their first-round game in the North Carolina Little League District 7 Tournament.
The long and difficult journey to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., will officially begin this week for Little League teams across the state of North Carolina as district tournament play begins.
The North Carolina Softball Coaches Association released its All-District teams over the weekend and the McDowell Lady Titans softball program was well represented.
This week truly marked the end of an era for junior high athletics in McDowell County.
It’s “fore” a good cause.
Four McDowell Lady Titans were named to the All-Mountain Athletic 4A/3A Conference softball team, two of them for the second consecutive season, in coaches voting released this week.
The North Carolina Bass Federation doesn’t give out rings to its junior division champions. If it did, Marion’s Triston Morgan would have enough of them to fill up an entire hand.
The Mountain Athletic 4A/3A Conference had an embarrassment of riches when it came to baseball talent this season, so landing four players on the All-Conference team was an impressive feat for the McDowell Titans.
McDowell High School’s athletic department has released its football schedule for the 2014 season and it will feature a nearly identical look to that of one year ago.
As near as I can tell, there seems to be an obligatory reaction when Greg Holland’s name comes up among McDowell County sports fans: They just smile and shake their heads.
McDowell Titan golfer Ryan Elliott has played a significant part in the Titans’ dominance over the past several years.
There were several colleges that wanted the McDowell Titans’ Raekwon Miller on their basketball rosters. But Miller wanted UNC Asheville.
A quick glance at Landon Whitson’s statistics and it’s easy to see Lenoir-Rhyne University is picking up an exciting college pitching prospect.
Montreat College was exactly the kind of school McDowell’s Katelyn Rideout was looking for in her search for the right school. The chance to continue her soccer career was just icing on the cake.
New Manna Christian School’s softball program reached its pinnacle last week, winning the school’s first state championship at the North Carolina Christian School Association’s 1A State Tournament.
A pair of McDowell Titans varsity football players finalized their college plans recently by signing on with NCAA Division III programs.
The West McDowell Lady Spartans softball team had a stranglehold on the rest of the Foothills Conference this season.
There will be no deep playoff run for the McDowell Titans this season.
In the game of softball, pitching can turn out to be the equalizer.
For years, Montreat College has cornered the market on signing players from McDowell High. Now, it seems, Surry Community College is intent on giving Montreat a run for its money.
McDowell High volleyball standout Hannah Phillips knows her summer workouts will be grueling, and that she may not get much downtime in the offseason.
McDowell High senior Wesley Davis is plenty excited about getting the chance to continue his wrestling career in college.
The McDowell Lady Titans had to patiently wait on the sidelines Thursday afternoon to see whether or not they had to play for their seeding in the upcoming 4A State Playoffs.
The East McDowell Lady Trojans made a little history on Tuesday, taking a share of the school’s first ever Foothills Conference track championship at the annual conference meet at Walter Johnson Middle School in Morganton.
It did not go down exactly as planned, but the McDowell Lady Titans capped off the regular season Wednesday afternoon on a high note.
Game 1 of the Mountain Athletic Conference’s 4A tournament series ended with the T.C. Roberson Rams firmly in control of the momentum.
McDowell Titans senior Raekwon Miller has yet another accolade to add to his growing collection: a spot in the annual East-West All-Star Basketball Game.
The McDowell Titans knew going in that to topple the T.C. Roberson Rams in a best-of-three series they would have to hold serve at home.
McDowell High School tennis player Eleck Hensley finished out a magnificent junior season on the court last weekend at Hough High School, advancing to the second round of the 4A West Regional tennis tournament.
The McDowell Titans golf team finished the 2014 season Monday afternoon participating in the 4A West Regional at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville.
McDowell Lady Titans goalkeeper Jessica Tucker has chosen to attend Meredith College and will continue her soccer career as a member of the Avenging Angels soccer team.
McDowell High School’s Brett Pittman will continue pursuing his passion for running track as the distance runner has chosen to attend Montreat College next fall and will be a member of the Cavaliers Track Team.
It may be the rainy season, but the McDowell Titans’ offense is on fire.
Bragging rights for boys golf in the Mountain Athletic Conference continue to reside at the foot of the mountain.
The McDowell Titan jayvee baseball team walloped Asheville 12-0 in five innings Monday.
The McDowell Lady Titans did all the small things Monday night in a 5-3 win outside of conference play against St Stephens at Titan Field.