Prep Baseball: East Davidson beats Salisbury
The Lexington Dispatch
THOMASVILLE — With a Central Carolina Conference regular-season baseball title already sewn up on Tuesday, East Davidson’s regular-season final with Salisbury Friday night wasn’t much more than going through the checklist:
a) Finish the CCC season undefeated?
b) Keep the momentum going heading into the postseason?
c) Make sure the pitching depth is intact?
The Golden Eagles managed all of that after defeating the Hornets 9-4 behind a combined three-hitter from Ryan McIntire and Nick Williams. Along the way East finished the CCC season with a 10-0 record while improving to 18-3 overall.
Oh, yeah. The Eagles also banged out 15 hits in the game.
“The number one goal was that we wanted to match what we did in 2001,” said East coach Dan Tricarico, who thinks that year’s team was the last time somebody went through the conference undefeated.
“Plus, we just wanted to keep building on what we’ve been doing this year and continue to improve and all.
The Eagles took control of the game right from the start, scoring three runs in the first inning off Salisbury starter Scott Friedrich. The key blow was a run-scoring double by McIntire, following an infield out by Braxton Shetley that drove in Williams, who opened with a single.
Moments later, Nathan Campbell delivered with an RBI single for East.
The Eagles scored a solo run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Austin Grizzell that ultimately chased Friedrich.
East then scored three more runs in the third, this time hammering reliever Riley Myers for five hits, including another RBI single by Campbell and a two-run double by Josh Craven.
Salisbury eventually got on the scoreboard when massive Parker McKeithan blasted a three-run homer to dead center in the fourth as the Hornets trailed 7-3. Salisbury added another run in the fifth when Brian Bauk homered to center as well. But that was the extent of Salibury’s offense for the night.
Now the Eagles are preparing for the postseason with the hopes that top pitcher Avery Bowles, who was suffering from shoulder problems that past two weeks, will be ready to roll.
“Bowles has been shut down and hasn’t pitched the last two weeks,” noted Tricarico. “But that’s given us good work from McIntire and Williams, because come state playoff time, you need three or four pitchers. This has actually been a good thing for the other guys and hopefully Avery can get back into it again.”
McIntire, for his part, hadn’t pitched in a month.
“I’m real pleased overall with what we did,” said Tricarico.
Notes: Williams went 4-for-4 with four singles for the Eagles, while Campbell went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. ... Williams pitched the last two innings in relief and had five strikeouts. ... Salisbury finished second in the CCC with a 7-3 record, 12-10 overall.