Hilltoppers rout Chase
It only took five innings for R-S Central baseball to defeat Chase 10-0 Friday night in Rutherfordton. Wild pitching and 11 strikeouts by Central starter Dustin McEntire doomed the Trojans.
“[McEntire] pitched really well and controlled the game,” Central head coach Chadd Fowler said after the game. “He was able to throw all three pitches for strikes and really helped us tonight.”
“Eleven strikeouts tells the story on both ends tonight,” Chase head coach Matt Tipton said. “If you do the math, 11 strikeouts in five innings, that makes just four times we got out from putting the ball in play. And when you walk nine batters that’s hard to overcome.”
Central jumped ahead early when Conner Dailey walked to open the night for the Hilltoppers and eventually scored on a Joel McDaniel sacrifice fly to center field.
The Hilltoppers added another run in the second courtesy of a Will Owens double that plated Alex Owens.
McEntire mowed his way through the Trojan lineup striking out the side in the second and third innings allowing his team to explode in the third inning.
After loading the bases with one out, Chase hit a batter and walked in another run to put Central up 4-0. Then Tyler Sims knocked a double into left field to score Alex Owens and Dylan Gallman.
A Garen Murray single plated Will Owens and Sims scored on a wild pitch putting Central ahead 8-0.
Chase had two baserunners in the fourth with no outs but couldn’t plate a run as McEntire worked out of the jam.
Owens hit his second double of the night in the fourth and scored on Sims’ second hit of the night.
Murray’s second hit of the night scored Sims to account for the 10-0 final as Chase was unable to extend the game in the top of the fifth.
Will Owens, Sims and Murray led the Hilltoppers with two hits apiece while Chase got hits from Caleb Lancaster, Taylor Hardin and Cody Greene.
“We need to remember to keep it simple and get better,” Tipton said. “I’m pulling for them just as much as anyone to get better. The effort is there but we’re just hitting a bump right now.”
Central returns to the diamond Tuesday at Freedom while Chase travels to burns. Both games are set to start at 7 p.m.