NC3 baseball: Rowan romps
By Mike London
SALISBURY — Logan Rogers’ two-out, bases-loaded double to deep center in the second inning broke the game wide open and Rowan County romped against Davidson County 12-3 in NC3 baseball on Tuesday at Newman Park.
“We pitched it pretty well,” said Davidson coach Keaton Hawks, a former Catawba outfielder. “Rowan was just good hitting it with two outs — and even with two strikes.”
Only 25 fans were allowed in the park to watch Rowan cruise in the nine-inning. non-league contest that took nearly three hours to complete.
It was a rough night for Davidson County infielders, who committed seven errors. Rowan took advantage, scoring runs in six different innings.
“They gave us extra chances, with errors on their part,” Rowan coach Jim Gantt said. “But you still have to put the ball in play and we did a good job of it. We came out swinging the bats.”
Rowan starting pitcher Casey Gouge faced only 10 batters over the first three innings, as Rowan (2-0) took a 7-1 lead.
Five relievers — Mattox Henderson, Chase Shoaf, Dylan Driver, Andrew Kennerly and Scout Nichols — held that big edge with little difficulty.
Those hurlers had the assistance of two double plays, a diving catch by left fielder Jordan Goodine and a charging catch by center fielder CP Pyle.
Rowan opened the game with Charlie Klingler, Cole Hales, Wayne Mize and Goodine reaching base and took an immediate 3-0 lead against Davidson starter Noah Sams, who balked in Rowan’s third run.
In the second inning, with two outs and the bases empty, Hales, Mize and Goodine got on base in front of Rogers’ booming double, and it was 6-0.
No. 9 batter Evan Yates smacked a Gouge fastball out of the park for the visitors in the third, but Rowan answered with a run-scoring hit by Klingler in the bottom of the inning.
Two Davidson errors allowed Rowan to expand its lead to 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth.
Goodine doubled to open the sixth, advanced to third on a flyball and scored on JT Fecteau’s sac fly for a 10-2 bulge.
Davidson (0-2) managed a run in the eighth with the help of two walks and an error.
Run-scoring doubles by Bryson Wagner and Caden Hudson — both entered the game in the seventh — accounted for Rowan’s last two runs.
Goodine’s diving catch on his belly came in left-center in the fifth and turned a potential problem into a harmless sacrifice fly off the bat of Yates.
Pyle made his charging grab in the seventh.
Klingler and Goodine had three hits each for Rowan. Hales and Mize had two.
Davidson 001 010 010 — 3
Rowan 331 021 02x — 12