Another sparkling pitching performance, another string of hits all through the lineup, and the train kept right on rolling.
The McDowell Titans thumped the Hickory Red Tornadoes 11-1 in six innings Monday night for their fifth win in a row and their tenth in the last 13 games.
McDowell (12-7 overall, 6-7 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) is chasing an at-large berth in the State 4A Playoffs, and needs every win it can get down the stretch. The Titans travel to Freedom tonight (Wednesday) for the NWC finale, and can finish in a tie for fourth with the Patriots with a win in that one. Three non-conference games remain next week.
Monday, senior Brycen Seymore turned in his second brilliant outing in a row, giving up only an unearned run on two hits in six innings of work. Seymore (4-2, 3.54 ERA) struck out four and walked two. Over his last two starts, both complete games, Seymore has allowed only four hits. He hasn’t given up an earned run in 16 innings.
He got plenty of help, with eight of the Titans’ nine starters producing at least one hit apiece. McDowell staked Seymore to a 5-0 lead after one inning, and plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Josh Maddux (1-5, 2R, SB) led off the first with a basehit to left, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ethan Hamm (1-5, RBI). Maddux stole third, and scored on a two-out RBI single to center by Gage Gentry (1-1, 2RBIs, 4BB, 2R).
Justin Dula (1-1, double, RBI, 2BB, 2HBP) followed with a double to center to put runners at second and third, and Ethan Davis (RBI, BB) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. An error in the outfield off the bat of Justin Davis (1-4, RBI) allowed both Gentry and Dula to score for a 3-0 lead.
Three Young (1-4, 3RBIs) followed with a two-RBI single to left to make it 5-0, and Seymore took it from there.
McDowell added a solo run in the second when Ethan Davis drew a bases-loaded walk.
Seymore (1-4, 2R, BB, SB) singled to lead off the fourth, and both Gentry and Dula walked to load the bags again. Justin Davis’ one-out, RBI single plated Seymore. Young’s ground-out to second allowed Gentry to score from third for an 8-0 lead.
Hickory scored its only run in the top of the sixth. Will Stewart reached on an error and scored on Brody Scarborough’s RBI double.
But the Titans got three runs to end it in their next at bat.
Chapel Matson (1-2, 2BB) walked with two down to start the rally. Maddux reached on another outfield error to put runners at first and second. Hamm drove in Matson with a single to left to make it 9-1.
Seymore walked to load the bases yet again. Gentry drew a base on balls for a 10-1 lead and Dula plated the game-winner when he was hit by a pitch.
Blake Kiser (1 1/3 IP, 5H, 6R, ER, K, 3BB) took the loss for the Tornadoes, who went through four pitchers. The quartet combined to walk 10 batters and hit three more, and Hickory made three errors behind them. Scarborough and Kiser had the only hits for the visitors.
McDowell 14, Hickory 5 (jayvees) – The Titans pushed across five runs in the second, three in the third and six more in the fourth to build an insurmountable lead.
Michael Lewis went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, a stolen base and two runs scored for the Titans (9-7-2, 5-6-2).
Ethan Hensley (1-3, 3RBIs), Dusty Revis (1-2, RBI, SB), Peyton Rose (1-3, 3R, SB) and Cole Weaver (1-2, 2RBIs, SB) collected one hit apiece. Caleb Jimison and Logan Duncan each drove in a run.
Revis went the distance for the win, allowing five runs, only two of them earned, on two hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked seven.