Hilltoppers capitalize, down McDowell 3-2

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 08:16 AM

On a Wednesday night in Rutherfordton that didn't see many R-S Central hits, the Hilltoppers took advantage of two throwing errors in the bottom of the seventh to knock off McDowell 3-2.

Trailing 2-1 going into their final at-bat, R-S Central turned an infield single and a walk into the two runs that won the game.

"That was a little crazy but we'll take it," Central head coach Chadd Fowler said after the win.

The Titans plated a run in the first when a runner from third scored off a hard grounder that nailed Central starter Zach Norville in the foot.

Norville settled down from there pitching five solid innings allowing the single run.

The rough night for the McDowell catcher started in the fourth when an attempt to pick off Joel McDaniel on second turned into a Hilltopper run as the throw found it's way into center field.

McDowell regained the lead in the sixth when Central reliever Jordan Hendrix balked with a man on first and third.

Central bailed out Hendrix in the seventh when Will Owens led off with an infield single followed by an Alex Owens walk. Will Owens made his way to third in the process thanks to two passed balls.

Conner Dailey failed to put both runners in scoring position when he failed to excite a sacrifice bunt and eventually struck out looking.

"It's disappointing that we didn't execute a couple times tonight," Fowler said. "We take pride in being that type of team that executes and gets bunts down when we need to ... we'll continue to get that shored up for the playoffs."

With runners on the corners, Central executed a double steal allowing Will Owens to score from third.

Dustin McEntire struck out for the second out but strike three got away from the McDowell catcher and Alex Owens bolted for third.

The catcher corralled the loose ball but rocketed his throw to third base and Owens came across to win the game, 3-2.

Josh Hendrix earned the win in relief for the Hilltoppers.

"It was a great team win," Fowler said. "I think we got everyone in the lineup and the pitching staff really performed."

Central returns to action tonight as they host Freedom at 7 p.m.

Trailing 2-1 going into their final at-bat, R-S Central turned an infield single and a walk into the two runs that won the game.

"That was a little crazy but we'll take it," Central head coach Chadd Fowler said after the win.

The Titans plated a run in the first when a runner from third scored off a hard grounder that nailed Central starter Zach Norville in the foot.

Norville settled down from there pitching five solid innings allowing the single run.

The rough night for the McDowell catcher started in the fourth when an attempt to pick off Joel McDaniel on second turned into a Hilltopper run as the throw found it's way into center field.

McDowell regained the lead in the sixth when Central reliever Jordan Hendrix balked with a man on first and third.

Central bailed out Hendrix in the seventh when Will Owens led off with an infield single followed by an Alex Owens walk. Will Owens made his way to third in the process thanks to two passed balls.

Conner Dailey failed to put both runners in scoring position when he failed to excite a sacrifice bunt and eventually struck out looking.

"It's disappointing that we didn't execute a couple times tonight," Fowler said. "We take pride in being that type of team that executes and gets bunts down when we need to ... we'll continue to get that shored up for the playoffs."

With runners on the corners, Central executed a double steal allowing Will Owens to score from third.

Dustin McEntire struck out for the second out but strike three got away from the McDowell catcher and Alex Owens bolted for third.

The catcher corralled the loose ball but rocketed his throw to third base and Owens came across to win the game, 3-2.

Josh Hendrix earned the win in relief for the Hilltoppers.

"It was a great team win," Fowler said. "I think we got everyone in the lineup and the pitching staff really performed."

Central returns to action tonight as they host Freedom at 7 p.m.