The McDowell County Junior American Legion Post 56 A-team remained perfect on the season after disposing of Alexander County Post 170 by a 10-1 score Monday night at Titan Field.
The 56ers extended their season-long winning streak to a dozen games and remain on top of the league standings as the junior legion season enters its final week of play.
McDowell continued its offensive consistency against Post 170, scoring six times over the first three innings of play, and was never challenged in the seven-inning game.
Alexander was able to squeeze across a run in the fourth inning, thanks to a McDowell throwing error. Post 56 then scored four more times in the fifth and had a base runner stranded at third in that frame, coming within 90 feet of forcing the 10-run rule.
Ethan Davis earned the win on the mound, allowing an unearned run on four hits over six innings. Davis struck out eight batters and walked three. Justin Davis tossed a scoreless seventh inning, retiring Alexander out in order.
Offensively, McDowell belted out 10 hits in the game with two players having multi-hit outings.
Justin Dula continued to swing a hot bat and had three hits in the game in four bats and one RBI. Dula’s RBI single in the second gave McDowell a 4-0 lead. The rising senior is hitting at a blistering .514 clip on the season and, incredibly, is second on the team behind leadoff hitter Chapel Matson, who is hitting .538.
Matson went 1-for-3 with a double, driving in a pair of runs. Three Young had two hits in three at bats, two runs scored, two stolen bases and one RBI for Post 56.
Ethan Hamm (1-2, RBI, 2BB), Justin Davis (1-3, BB, 2R), Ethan Davis (1-4, triple, 2RBIs) and Dusty Revis (1-2, BB, RBI, SB) also had one hit for McDowell.
Post 56 scored three times with two out in the bottom of the first to take the lead and never looked back. Justin Davis and Dula had back-to-back singles, and both scored on Ethan Davis’ line-drive triple to center. Ethan Davis scored on Young’s single to right field.
Post 56 has now scored in double figures in five of its past six contests and has pushed across more than 10 runs in eight games overall. Through 12 games, McDowell has a team batting average of .384 and a team ERA of 1.64.
McDowell took on R-S Central Tuesday evening in Rutherfordton, but results were not available at press time. Post 56 will battle South Caldwell in a contest that could determine the division championship on Thursday (6 p.m. start).