The McDowell Titans got solid pitching, clutch hitting and a 6-2 non-conference victory over the Patton Panthers Thursday night at Titan Field.
McDowell (3-4 overall, 0-4 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) have struggled to put all facets of the game together this season, but the Titans did exactly that against Patton.
Brycen Seymore gave McDowell a quality start, Justin Davis was effective in relief, and the lineup produced some timely hits to give the Titans an early lead they never relinquished.
Seymore allowed a run on two hits over five innings of work. He struck out eight and walked four. Davis pitched the final two frames, giving up an unearned run on three hits. He struck out one and hit a batter.
McDowell staked Seymore to a 1-0 lead in the first and then added to it the rest of the way. The Titans loaded the bases against Panthers starter Bryson Ratliff in the first and Justin Davis plated a run with a sacrifice fly.
McDowell added two in the second. Three Young walked to lead off the inning. With two gone, Josh Maddux smacked an RBI double to left field. Maddux scored on Seymore’s line drive basehit to center to make it 3-0.
Patton got on the board in the third when Matthew Byrd (2-3, double, SAC) doubled and eventually came home on a wild pitch to trim the lead to 3-1.
Seymore drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the fourth and scored on an error off Justin Dula’s bat to make it 4-1.
The Titans tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the sixth. Cyrus Black reached on a two-out single to center, and Three Young followed with a basehit to left that put runners at first and second. Chapel Matson’s fly ball to center was misplayed, and both runners scored for a 6-1 lead.
Byrd reached on a two-out infield single in the seventh and Peyton Smith (2-4, double) followed with a double to left. Byrd scored on a passed ball, but Justin Davis struck out Zach Smith to end the threat.
Maddux (double, RBI, SAC, BB, 2R), Seymore (RBI, BB) and Young (2BBs, 2R) each went 1-for-2. Gentry (BB, 2SB) and Black (SAC) were both 1-for-3. Matson went 1-for-4.
Ratliff took the loss for Patton. He allowed four runs, three of them earned, on three hits in four innings. He struck out four but issued 10 free passes on nine walks and a hit batsman.
The Titans will be looking for their first NWC win of the season at West Caldwell Tuesday. Mitchell visits Wednesday in a non-conference game.
Patton 11, McDowell 4 (jayvee) – The Panthers scored nine runs in the top of the sixth to break open a 2-2 tie game and cruised to the 11-4 win.
Logan Duncan (SB), Michael Lewis (RBI, 2BB), Ben Barnes and Caleb Jimison (SB) had a hit apiece for the Titans. Dusty Revis, Travis Bailey and Ethan Hensley (2BB) each stole a base.
Five of Patton’s eight hits came in the pivotal sixth.