Titans rebound, pound Draughn

Titans sophomore Chapel Matson fires to the plate during a recent game. McDowell pounded Draughn 19-2 Wednesday and hosted Watauga (late) Thursday. Josh Davis/blueridgespoprtsphotography.com

The McDowell Titans bounced back from a shutout loss to the South Caldwell Spartans Tuesday by bombing the Draughn Wildcats 19-2 Wednesday.

McDowell (8-7 overall, 2-7 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) has struggled in league play, but remained perfect outside the conference with Wednesday’s easy win.

The Titans broke it open early, scoring nine runs in the second inning and seven in the third en route to ending the game early via the 10-run rule.

Titan center fielder Three Young had a perfect, going 4-for-4 day at the plate with a double and scoring three runs. Gage Gentry went 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs batted in, two walks and two runs scored. Chapel Matson also went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored, as well as recording the victory on the mound.

Josh Maddux (1-5, RBI, SB), Ethan Hamm (1-3, RBI, 2BB, SB, 2R), Brycen Seymore (1-2, double, 2RBIs, 3R, BB, SB), Justin Dula (1-2, RBI, BB), Justin Davis (1-3, 2RBIs, 2R), and Billy Cessna (1-1, R) all hit safely for the Titans.

Matson allowed two runs on three hits in three innings of work. He struck out four and walked two. Ethan Davis (2K) and Juan Campos (3K) each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Meanwhile, four Draughn hurlers combined to allow 14 hits. Between walks and hit batsmen, the quartet allowed 13 free passes. Draughn also committed two errors.

Young collected two of his hits in the bottom of the third as the Titans batted around. Matson also had a hit in the frame, and McDowell took advantage of an error, two hit batters and four consecutive base on balls to score its nine runs.

McDowell hosted Watauga Thursday in conference play in a game that was moved up from Friday to avoid a possible rain-out.

South Caldwell 5, McDowell 0 (Tuesday) – The Titans’ offense never got untracked against league-leading South Caldwell, managing just three hits in a shutout loss on the road.

Maddux went 2-for-4 and Seymore 1-for-3, and that was it for the Titans.

Clay Canale shut McDowell down, working three innings and striking out nine while walking four. All three MHS hits came off Canale. Colby Collins worked a perfect seventh, striking out two.

Owen Foxx gave the Spartans all the runs they needed with a three-run double off Seymore in the bottom of the second. The Spartans (13-1, 9-1) added two more runs in the third.

Foxx finished 1-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base. Canale helped his own cause by going 2-for-3.

Seymore took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked seven.

South Caldwell 8, McDowell 1 (jayvees) – South Caldwell overcame an early 1-0 deficit by scoring seven times in the first three innings en route to the victory.

Ethan Hensley collected half the Titans’ four hits, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. Ben Barnes and Peyton Rose (RBI) each went 1-for-3.

Barnes absorbed the loss, allowing eight runs, five of them earned, on five hits. He fanned five and walked five.

Hensley tripled to lead off the game and later scored on Rose’s two-out RBI single, but the Titans couldn’t manufacture another run.




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