Legion Baseball: Mooresville 7, South Rowan 4
By Jordan Honeycutt
MOORESVILLE ó The season is not starting out the way South Rowan head coach Michael Lowman would like, as his team fell to (0-2) Sunday with a 7-4 loss to Mooresville.
South spotted the Moors too many runs and committed too many errors in the early innings and could never catch up.
South welcomed back starting pitcher Dylan Walker from college ball and he pitched well but showed a bit of rust from not throwing very much as a freshman at Catawba Valley Community College.
ěDylan deserved better behind him tonight than what he got, but he made some good pitches, and like I said, just couldnít get the help in the field,î Lowman said.
This game turned bad early in more ways than on the scoreboard for South in the third inning. A scary moment that happens often in baseball occurred.
Shortstop Gunnar Hogan and second baseman Connor Bridges both began to chase after a hard-hit grounder by Mooresville shortstop Josh Skidmore when both South infielders slid and collided with each other, producing a ěthudî that could be heard in the stands.
Hogan popped up immediately as Bridges lay writhing in pain in the dirt.
Bridges would not return to the game, but is expected to be all right.
ěWe have a younger team this season and lost some key guys from last yearís team, but I just told the guys that I am going to continue to keep teaching and coaching and I expect them to continue putting in the hard work that we will need to make us a better team,î Lowman said.
Coming back to action for South from the college ranks was Maverick Miles.
Miles went 2-for-5 with an RBI and admittedly described the rust he felt from a delay from baseball.
ěI am a little rusty but I felt good out there in the field, just chased a bunch of high pitches stupidly that I usually donít go after,î he said.
Mooresville improves to (1-1) after a heartbreaking defeat at Kernersville Saturday as they lost in 10 innings 4-3.
ěWe have a young team of guys that havenít played Legion ball before,î Mooresville coach Josh Graham said. ěAnd since we got split up, we are still trying to find the right lineup and chemistry with these guys, much like coach Lowman is, Iím sure.î
Mooresville received a strong from performance from hurler Keith Little, who tossed six innings and minimized the damage to four runs.
ěI was feeling good, didnít have my best stuff,î Little said. ěbut was able to work out of jams and the guys picked me up in the field with timely hits at the plate as they delivered some big two-out base hits that scored runs for us.î
NOTE: These two teams have no time to be strangers, as they will turn right around and play each other again, this time at South, tonight at 7 p.m.