The Hickory Red Tornados kept pecking away at the McDowell Titans, scratching their way a run at a time, until finally, the lead was too much for the Titans to overcome.
Hickory (1-5 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference, 4-5 overall) slowly built a 3-0 lead on the Titans after five innings and then held on for a 4-2 win Friday night in Hickory.
The Titans (1-5, 5-5) pushed two runs across in the top of the sixth, but could never tie the game, and the Tornados added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.
Hickory manufactured lone runs in the first, second and fifth against McDowell starter Juan Campos, who had been virtually untouchable to this point in the season.
Leadoff man Bryce Stober reached on an error to start the bottom of the first, went to second on a walk, moved to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on an a sacrifice fly by Grayson Lineberger.
In the second, Davis Hall drew a one-out walk. With two down, Hall, running all the way, scored on a pop-fly basehit behind second to make it 2-0.
In the fifth, Stober led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch and went to third on a ground-out. Will Stewart’s sac fly to right plated Stober for a 3-0 lead.
The Titans finally made some noise in the sixth. Brycen Seymore led off with a basehit. With two gone, Justin Dula and Justin Davis were each hit by pitches to load the bases.
Three Young’s line-drive basehit to right drove Seymore and Dula home and trimmed the deficit to 3-2. But that was it for the McDowell rally.
Hickory added a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Stewart.
Campos took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits in five innings of work. He struck out three and walked four. Justin Davis pitched the seventh and gave up a run on two hits.
Stewart was solid for 5 2/3 innings for Hickory, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out seven. He walked three. McPherson worked the final 1 1/3 for the save.
Young (2RBIs) and Seymore (BB) each went 2-for-3 to account for the Titans’ only hits.
The Titans host Freedom Tuesday.
McDowell 4, Hickory 1 (jayvees) – The Titans got a complete game, two-hitter from starter Dusty Revis and clipped the Tornados.
Revis gave up two hits and an unearned run in six innings, striking out eight and walking one for the win.
Three Titans, including Revis, collected two hits apiece. Peyton Rose and Revis each went 2-for-3. Michael Lewis was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Ethan Hensley (2BB, 2SB) and Cole Weaver (RBI) had a hit apiece.