The McDowell Titans opened up the 2019 baseball season in about as bombastic a way as is humanly possible.
The Titans scored nine runs in the third and 15 in the fourth and walloped the Owen Warhorses 26-0 at Titan Field Wednesday in a five-inning game shortened by the mercy rule. McDowell banged out 14 hits and a pair of Titan hurlers combined to no-hit Owen.
Last season, McDowell didn’t score its 26th run until the fifth game.
Meanwhile, the Warhorses helped McDowell out by committing a whopping 10 errors. Only eight of the 26 runs were earned. The Titans played errorless ball.
Senior shortstop Brycen Seymore led the way offensively, going 4-for-5 with a triple, five runs scored, an inside-the-park home run as part of the 15-run fourth and six runs batted in.
Seymore was only one of several standouts in the Titan lineup.
Left fielder Ethan Hamm also went 4-for-5 at the plate, scored three times and drove in three. First baseman Justin Davis, who went 1-for-3, also drove in three.
Catcher Justin Dula was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs, a stolen base and two walks. Third baseman Josh Maddux was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Leadoff hitter Chapel Matson was 1-for-4 with two runs, a walk and an RBI.
Ethan Davis didn’t get a hit but drove in a pair of runs, and Gage Gentry (SB) added an RBI, as did Cyrus Black and Three Young (SAC).
While the Titans were busy pounding out hits, starter Juan Campos and reliever Billy Cessna made sure the Warhorses hung up a goose egg.
Campos worked the first four innings, giving up no hits and four walks while striking out nine. Cessna took over and pitched a perfect fifth, striking out two and throwing 11 of his 12 pitches for strikes.
Tyler Williams took the loss for Owen, allowing five runs, four of them earned, on four hits in 21/3 innings. He struck out two – McDowell’s only two strikeouts of the game – and walked two.
The Titans host Patton tonight (Friday, 6:30 start) in another non-conference outing before opening Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play next Tuesday at home against St. Stephens.
McDowell 18, Owen 5 (jayvees) – Owen’s junior varsity team faired only slightly better than their varsity counterparts.
The Titans scored five runs in the first inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit and never looked back.
Ty Smith got the win on the mound, allowing five runs, four of them earned, on two hits and seven walks in four innings of work. He struck out three. Mason Lamb struck out all three batters he faced in the fifth.
Dusty Revis (3RBIs, SB), Michael Lewis (2RBIs, 2 2B), Lamb (2RBIs), Travis Bailey (2RBIs) and Ben Barnes (3RBIs, 2 2B) collected two hits apiece. Smith (2RBIs) also had a hit.