McDowell County Little League’s 9-11 year-old All-Stars claimed the North Carolina District 7 championship with a pair of easy victories against Avery County’s Little League All-Stars.
Last Saturday, the McDowell All-Stars jumped out to a quick lead and ran away from Avery, winning 17-3 in four innings on the road in Newland. McDowell sent eight batters to the plate in the top of the first, scoring three times.
Then, five runs in both the second and third innings expanded the margin to 13-0.
Avery was able to scratch across three runs in the bottom of the third to avoid the shutout. McDowell countered with four in the top of the fourth and eventually forced the 10-run rule.
All McDowell players that played in the game reached base at least once.
Reid Waugh led the way, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and four runs batted in. Donovan Felix (2RBIs) added three hits. Anthony Mackey (triple, RBI) and Addison Ray had two hits each.
Dominic Cardenas, Malachi Huffman and Johnny Mabry added one hit apiece.
McDowell 11, Avery 1 (Monday)
In game two of the district series, McDowell again used a productive first inning to help catapult to an 11-1 win on Monday to clinch the District championship.
McDowell scored nine times in the bottom of the first and then tacked on single runs in the third and fourth innings. Avery pushed across a lone run in the top of the fourth which kept the game going. River McCrary singled to begin the fourth and Lake Turbyfill’s two-out RBI single put Avery on the scoreboard.
In the McDowell fourth, Jayce Dobson walked with one out. He then took second on a wild pitch, stole third and then a passed ball during Addison Ray’s at bat brought Dobson in, forcing the 10-run rule.
McDowell pitcher Anthony Mackey, with the exception of the two hits allowed in the fourth, was perfect on the mound. Mackey took the win, allowing the one run and two hits in four innings. Mackey struck out 11 batters. Mackey, who also pitched in the opening game of the series, struck out a combined 17 batters in six innings of work.
McDowell, with its third consecutive District title continues its recent dominance of the 9-11 Minors age division.
The 10-12 year old Majors Division will begin on Saturday with Morganton Little League traveling to Newland to play Avery County. McDowell will play the winner of the Majors opener on Monday, July 1, either at Catawba Meadows in Morganton or at Big League Camp against Avery.
The winner of the District 7 Majors tourney will advance to the State Little League Tournament on July 13 in Kernersville.