NC3 baseball: Rowan splits doubleheader with Mocksville
By Mike London
SALISBURY —Rowan County settled for a doubleheader split with Mocksville on Saturday at Newman Park in NC3 baseball.
Rowan routed Mocksville 10-0 in the first game behind pitchers Ryan Street, Logan Rogers and Chase Shoaf, but Mocksville rallied in the seventh for a 6-5 win in the nightcap.
Rowan used a lineup in the second game that didn’t include Wayne Mize, Charlie Klingler, Cole Hales and Jordan Goodine, but Rowan still had every opportunity to win.
After Mocksville (1-1) got two hits in the top of the first in the opener, Rowan hurlers set down the next 18 Mocksville hitters in a breezy victory.
Street and Rogers struck out four apiece, with no walks. Shoaf walked a batter, but he faced only seven hitters the last two innings to close it out.
Offensively, Rowan (3-1) got a big game from Goodine. The cleanup batter had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two.
Lead-off man Klingler had two hits and scored twice.
Rowan had a three-run first, with Goodine, Dylan Driver and Casey Gouge singling home runs. Goodine’s run-scoring double to the left-center gap helped push the lead to 6-0 in the second, and Rowan cruised from there.
Rowan led 2-0 after three innings in the nightcap, as Mocksville stranded a host of runners early against Rowan starting pitcher Bryson Wagner.
But Mocksville bunched four hits for a three-run third and a 3-2 lead.
Rowan had seemingly retaken control of the game, heading to the seventh, but two walks got Rowan reliever Scout Nichols in trouble and Mocksville put together a decisive, three-run rally. The go-ahead run scored on a throwing error.
Rowan put two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but failed to score.
Jake Harris drove in Rowan’s first two runs with a first-inning double and a third-inning sac fly.
T.J. Jones’ RBI single keyed a two-run fourth for a 4-3 lead.
Rowan took advantage of two errors in the sixth to go ahead 5-3, but couldn’t hold that advantage in the seventh.
Rowan plays a Sunday doubleheader, starting at 5 p.m. against Mocksville at Mando Field (Rich Park).
Boxscores will be in the next print edition of the Post.