Just a matter of 24 hours after pulling off a conference road win, the McDowell Titans returned to Titan Field and had a much easier time of it.
McDowell, with the help of three strong performances on the mound, shut out the Mitchell Mountaineers 10-0 in five innings Wednesday evening in non-conference play.
Sophomores Chapel Matson and Ethan Davis along with junior lefty Billy Cessna combined for the two-hit shutout, striking out five and walking one. Matson, who threw 31 of his 45 pitches for strikes, tossed 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball and got the win before Cessna finished out the fourth getting the final two outs.
Meanwhile the Titans (5-4 overall, 1-4 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) offensively jumped on Mitchell starter Cole Gillespie (1 2/3 IP, 7R, 6H, K, BB) for seven runs in the first two innings of play.
After not scoring in the third, McDowell pushed across three in the bottom of the fourth.
Davis then retired the Mountaineers in order in the fifth, striking out a batter and kicking in the 10-run mercy rule.
With the efficiency of all three pitchers on Wednesday, the Titans will have nearly all pitching options on-deck for Friday’s Northwestern 3A/ 4A Conference game at Hickory.
At the plate McDowell started early as the team collected eight hits on the night.
Ethan Hamm singled with one out in the first and advanced to second on a pickoff attempt from Gillespie. Then, after a walk to Brycen Seymore, and a hit-by-pitch to Davis, right fielder Gage Gentry put the Titans ahead 2-0 on a first-pitch basehit to right. The third run of the inning occurred on a fielder’s choice by Cyrus Black (RBI), scoring Davis from third.
Justin Dula produced in his second at bat of the game in the next inning with a hard-hit double to left, driving in two more runs. And then, in the fourth, Gentry got back in the action with a two-run single to center.
Gentry went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs for the Titans, raising his season batting average to .320. He also scored twice.
Josh Maddux (1-4, SB), Hamm (1-3, 2SB, 2R, RBI), Ethan Davis (1-2, double, RBI, 2R), Dula (1-1, double, RBI, BB, SB) and Matson (1-3, SB) also hit safely. Seymore (.417 BA) had no hits but walked twice and scored both times.
McDowell 18, Mitchell 5 (jayvees) – The Titans (1-3-1, 4-4-2) parlayed six hits, four errors and nine walks into a whopping 18 runs, ending the game after three innings via the mercy rule.
Six McDowell players had one hit apiece, including Ethan Hensley (double, 2RBIs, 2BB, 3SB, 3R), Dusty Revis (RBI, SB, 2BB, 2R), Michael Lewis (3RBIs, 3R, BB), Ben Barnes (triple, 4RBIs), Ty Smith (double, 2RBIs, 2BB) and Luke Roberts (RBI).
Cole Weaver had two RBIs and Peyton Rose one.
Caleb Jimison got the win on the mound, allowing five runs, four of them earned, on five hits in two innings. He struck out three, walked one and hit one. Barnes threw one hitless inning, striking out two.