Things went south in a hurry for the McDowell Titans in a 14-0, five-inning loss to the Alexander Central Cougars Wednesday.
The Titans (2-4 overall, 0-4 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) gave up seven runs in the top of the third and the Cougars stymied McDowell’s offense to the tune of just two hits.
It was the second straight scoreless outing for the Titans, who were no-hit by Watauga Tuesday night.
Alexander Central (4-3, 3-1) banged out 13 hits against four McDowell pitchers. Meanwhile, Dawson Elder shut out the Titans, striking out 10 and walking three.
Brycen Seymore singled in the second and Three Young had a basehit in the third, and that was it for the Titan bats.
Alexander Central took a 2-0 lead in the second on a two-run double by Dalton Stikeleather.
The floodgates opened in the top of the third. Three walks and an error helped open the door for the Cougars to have a big inning, and some big hits allowed them to walk right through it.
Bryson Hammer smacked a two-run homer, Kade Smith delivered a three-run triple and Easton Rhoney had an RBI single. Alexander Central led 9-0 when the smoke cleared.
Central added five more in the fourth, getting a two-RBI double from Seth Sigmon and a two-run basehit from Rhoney.
Sigmon (4RBIs), Hammer (2RBIs) and Rhoney (3RBIs) each went 2-for-3 for the Cougars.
Chapel Matson started on the mound and took the loss for the Titans. The sophomore pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs – only four of them earned – on five hits. He struck out two and walked three.
Ethan Hamm, Billy Cessna and Justin Dula also pitched for the Titans.
McDowell hosted Patton Thursday in non-conference play. The Alexander Central game was originally scheduled for Friday, but was moved up due to the forecast of rain for the weekend. The Titans are back in NWC play next Tuesday on the road against West Caldwell.
Alexander Central 18, McDowell 2 (jayvees) – The junior varsity Titans suffered a defeat similar to that of their varsity counterparts.
Alexander Central scored eight times in the third inning and 10 more times in the fifth.
Peyton Rose went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for McDowell. Travis Bailey and Caleb Jimison each had a single for the Titans, who managed just three hits in the game.
Ben Barnes took the loss, allowing nine runs, only two of them earned, on nine hits in four innings of work. He struck out five and walked one.