Prep Baseball: East completes sweep of Thomasville
Challenges await East Davidson on the baseball diamond, and for those games to mean something, the Golden Eagles must take care of business in contests they are expected to win.
They have succeeded so far, sweeping a second straight Central Carolina Conference opponent Thursday by beating Thomasville 14-3 in five innings at home. With the Bulldogs and Lexington behind them on the conference slate, East sets its sights on three teams that are challenging for league supremacy in Central Davidson, Salisbury and West Davidson.
“Central bit us once last year in a rain-shortened game here, so we have got to be ready to go,” said East coach Dan Tricarico. “West and Salisbury have split between the two of them, so it is going to be one of those deals where you control your own destiny. You cannot give games away so we have to be ready when we come back from the break. For the most part, I like where we are.”
Even though East had beaten the Bulldogs 23-0 earlier in the week, they were taking no chances and sent ace Avery Bowles to the hill. He pitched three innings of no-hit baseball striking out four, moving his record to 4-1.
Putting its first four batters aboard in the first inning, East went up 2-0. Nick Williams scored on a Tyler Stroup single and Trevor Jones raced home via a wild pitch by Felix Fernandez.
The Eagles (11-2, 4-0) got a whole lot more in the second, batting around and scoring seven times. Fernandez struggled with his control, walking the first two batters and plunking the following pair to bring home a run. After Jones slid in on a wild pitch, Williams touched home thanks to an error and Ryan McIntire screamed a ball into the gap to add two more runs. Zach Anderson was brought in to replace Fernandez, but the Eagles got to him as well, pushing across a couple more runs that made it 9-0.
In the third, McIntire, Nathan Campbell and Corey Waldroup had RBI hits, while Williams singled home two in a five-run inning that pushed the lead to 14.
Thomasville (2-9, 0-4) showed heart in the fourth, scratching for three runs on Waldroup. Dominick Hinson singled in the infield and James Bethea was hit by a pitch. Hinson scored on consecutive wild pitches, while Bethea made it home with the aid of Anderson’s single to left. Fernandez hit a sacrifice fly for the third run.
“I think putting a couple of runs on the board helps build a little bit of confidence going forward,” said Thomasville coach Stan Baranowski. “These kids are still playing together and are still enjoying playing. The main thing I want them to do is have fun and I think they are.”
McIntire concluded with three hits and four RBIs and Stroup was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
East will host Ledford next Friday. THS has the week off.
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