Another Northwestern 3A/4A Conference game, another hard-luck loss for the McDowell Titans and pitcher Juan Campos.
Campos was outstanding on the hill, but the Watauga Pioneers’ Travis Hamrick was a shade better, pitching a no-hitter as the Titans fell 2-0 in Boone Tuesday night.
The Titans (0-3 NWC, 2-3 overall) managed only two baserunners. Josh Maddux (SB) reached on an error in the outfield in the first but was stranded; Brycen Seymore walked in the fourth but was eventually thrown out trying to steal for the third out of the inning.
Meanwhile, Hamrick made a pair of second-inning, unearned runs off Campos stand up for the Pioneers (2-1, 2-2). The Watauga hurler struck out 11 Titans and walked only one. He threw 53 of his 77 pitches for strikes.
Campos was dominant as well, allowing only two hits in six innings of work and striking out 13. He walked three and hit two batters, but stayed out of trouble by striking out at least two hitters in every inning. Campos fell to 1-2 on the season despite an earned run average of just .41 and 28 strikeouts in only 17 innings of work.
The Pioneers got on the board in the bottom of the second. Jake Watson was hit by a pitch and Anderson Castle followed with a single to put runners at first and second with one out.
Campos struck out Jacob McInturff for the second out, but the Titans made an error on Tanner Craft’s grounder to third, and both Watson and Castle came around to score.
That was all Hamrick needed.
Castle and Andrew Dye each went 1-for-2 to account for Watauga’s two hits. Every Pioneer in the lineup struck out at least once against Campos.
The Titans hosted Alexander Central Wednesday in a game moved up from Friday because of expected rain in the area. Results were not available at press time. McDowell steps back outside the conference today, hosting Patton (4 p.m. varsity start).
Watauga 9, McDowell 6 (jayvee) – The Pioneers pushed five runs across in the bottom of the first inning and McDowell never recovered.
Ethan Hensley went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for the Titans. Logan Duncan (double, SB, 2RBIs), Peyton Rose (SB) and Mason Lamb collected one hit apiece for McDowell (2-2-1, 0-2-1).