Titans stay perfect in non-conference play

McDowell Titans third baseman Ethan Davis reaches back to snag a pop-up in the infield during a recent game. Josh Davis/blueridgesportsphotography.com

The McDowell Titans put together an offensive display on Thursday night in Burke County, overpowering the Patton High School Panthers 15-1 to snap a brief two-game losing skid.

The Titans (6-6) finished off a season sweep of the Panthers and in two contests outscored them by a whopping 21-3 margin. McDowell had eight of its 11 players who played on Thursday picking up at least one hit and overall the Titans had 16 hits as a unit.

With no score after one frame, McDowell erupted for seven runs in the top of the second, an inning in which 12 batters came to the plate. Walks by Gage Gentry and Justin Dula along with Justin Davis being hit by a pitch set up the big inning.

Three Young then singled in Gentry from third with the bases loaded, putting the Titans in front 1-0. Chapel Matson and Josh Maddux then provide consecutive two-run doubles to left field and suddenly McDowell was in front by five runs.

The other two runs in the second came on a basehit from Brycen Seymore; later, Ethan Davis reached on an error, pushing across the seventh run of the frame with two outs.

Two more runs by McDowell in the third followed by six in the sixth helped the Titans end the game using the 10-run rule after retiring Patton in the bottom half of the sixth. In that frame the team strung together four consecutive hits and six overall in the frame.

Matson (2 doubles, 2RBIs, 3R) and Maddux (double, 3RBIs, SB) finished the game with three hits each. Ethan Hamm (2-3, double, 2RBIs) and Seymore (2RBIs) added two hits each. Gentry (RBI, 3BB), Dula (RBI, SB), Young (2RBIs) and Cyrus Black finished with one hit apiece.

While the offense did its damage, a McDowell trio of pitchers did an equally efficient job in shutting down the Panthers at the plate, combining for a run on one hit.

Matson allowed that one hit, a two-out single in the bottom half of the second. He struck out eight batters with no walks in four innings of work to record the win. Billy Cessna and Ethan Davis tossed a scoreless inning each.

With the easy victory on Thursday night, the Titans have a perfect 5-0 mark this season in non-conference games with five more contests left on the schedule outside of league play. One of those includes a date at home with Draughn on Wednesday.

McDowell 12, Patton 5 (jayvees) – the Titans pushed five runs across in the top of the first – with four of those coming on a grand slam by Peyton Rose – and never looked back en route to the win.

The Titans rapped out 10 hits, with leadoff man Ethan Hensley going 3-for-4 with a triple, three stolen bases and three runs scored. Ben Barnes (double, 3RBIs) went 2-for-2 and Michael Lewis (double, RBI) was 2-for-3.

Rose (4RBIs), Logan Duncan (double, 3RBIs, SB) and Cole Weaver collected one hit apiece. Mason Lamb had an RBI.

Duncan got the win on the mound, giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits in four innings of work. He struck out 11 and walked three. Lamb pitched the final two scoreless innings, allowing three hits. He struck out one and walked no one.

McDowell 6, Freedom 1 (jayvees, Tuesday) – The Titans plated four runs in the bottom of the second and held on behind solid pitching from Barnes and Lamb.

Barnes worked 4 1/3 innings for the win, allowing one run on three hits. He fanned four and walked one. Lamb pitched the final 1 2/3, allowing one hit and two walks. He struck out one.

Lamb went 2-for-2 and swiped three bases. Dusty Revis (SB), Barnes (2RBIs), Luke Roberts (triple), Rose (double, RBI), Duncan (RBI, SB) and Lewis (triple, 2RBIs) had one hit each.



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