It wasn’t quite as bad of a rout as the first meeting of the season between the McDowell Titans and Owen Warhorses, but it was still pretty impressive.
McDowell (14-8) hammered Owen 15-3 on the road Wednesday in non-conference play. The Titans had beaten the Warhorses 26-0 in the season opener Feb. 27, and had little trouble in this one as well.
The Titans, who have won 12 of their last 16, never looked back after a four-run first inning. McDowell added single runs in the second and third, two in the fourth, and seven in the fifth as the game ended after five via the mercy rule.
The Titans got healthy contributions from throughout the lineup. Meanwhile, the Warhorses hurt their own cause with five errors and eight walks.
Brycen Seymore went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base to lead the Titans. Three Young was 3-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored, a walk and two stolen bases. Josh Maddux went 2-for-5 with a double and scored three times.
Chapel Matson was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a sacrifice, and Justin Davis went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Matson (4-2) also picked up the win on the mound, going four innings and allowing two runs, only one of them earned, on five hits. He struck out two and walked none and was remarkably efficient, throwing just 42 pitches, 29 of them for strikes.
Billy Cessna pitched the fifth, allowing a run on one hit. He walked one.
The Titans jumped in front quickly against Owen starter Jaylen Allen (3 2/3 IP, 8R, 4ER, 5H, K, 6BB).
Maddux led off with a double to left, and went to third on a wild pitch to Ethan Hamm (3BB, 2R), who eventually walked to put runners at the corners. Seymore’s infield single made it 1-0. Gage Gentry (3BB, 2R) drew a walk to load the bases, and Hamm eventually scored on a passed ball.
Justin Dula (2RBIs, SB) drove in a run on a ground-out to make it 3-0, and Gentry later came home on a passed ball for a 4-0 lead.
Owen got two of those runs back in the bottom of the first on RBI singles from Jackson Shaw and Allen, but Owen didn’t score again until the bottom of the fifth, and by then, it was much too late.
In the second, Young led off with a single, swiped second, and moved to third on Matson’s sac bunt. Seymore’s two-out bloop single made it 5-2.
Justin Davis reached on an error in the third and eventually scored on a double steal for a 6-2 McDowell lead.
The Titans added two more in the fourth. Maddux led off with a base hit, went to second on an error, and scored on an error off the bat of Seymore. Dula added an RBI fielder’s choice to make it 8-2.
Young singled to start the fifth-inning onslaught, and Matson drove him home with an RBI double to left. Matson scored on an outfield error off the bat of Maddux, and the Titans led 10-2.
Seymore drove in another run with a single; two more came home on an outfield error off Dula’s bat; Cyrus Black drove in a run on a fielder’s choice; and Young finished things up with an RBI base hit to center.
Shaw (2-3, 2RBIs) accounted for the final with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Trent Smith went 2-for-2 for Owen.
McDowell rounded out the regular-season Thursday at home against the Asheville Trailblazers (late). The Titans will compete in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference tournament next week.
McDowell 20, Owen 3 (jayvees) – Ben Barnes held the Warhorses hitless over three innings and drove in four runs to help his own cause as the Titans (11-7-2) hammered Owen.
Barnes allowed three unearned runs, striking out seven and walking three. He was 1-for-2 with a triple and two walks at the plate.
Logan Duncan (2RBIs, 3R, 2SB) and Cole Weaver (RBI, 2SB) each went 2-for-3.
Ethan Hensley (4R, RBI, 3BB, SB), Michael Lewis (2RBIs, SB), Hunter Sills (RBI) and Travis Bailey (2RBIs, SB) collected one hit apiece.