Mooresville Spinners infielder Justin Fox (Concord, Erskine College) releases the relay throw towards first after getting the force out at second base against the Lenoir Oilers. 

Knock, knock.

Don’t look now, but the Mooresville Spinners are once again back beating on the door for the top spot in the updated Southern Collegiate Baseball League standings.

The Spinners, reigning SCBL postseason tournament champions, stretched their current winning ways following back-to-back wins logged in in the final full weekend of regular-season play.

Mooresville backed up a 5-2 bettering of the Charlotte Crushers to make a success of annual Alumni Night festivities with a 12-5 win over the Lenoir Oilers to secure the team’s top-of the-line presence.

After earlier this week’s scheduled road game against the cross-county SDBL member Statesville Owls was cancelled due to too-wet playing conditions, the Spinners head back deeper into this the final week of regulation play contending once again for top team honors in the league standings.

Buoyed by its own success as well as taking into consideration the outcomes of other games involving SCBL title contenders, Mooresville enters the final phase of its season schedule with a 28-13 overall record and a 23-12 marker for all games carrying full league-counting clout.

The latter ledger, also used to finalize potential postseason positioning, enabled the Spinners to tie the league lead in the number of wins. They are residing a mere single game out of first-place in the loss column heading into the stretch-run segment of the schedule.

At home to welcome back to town all former players and acknowledging appreciation for the new homefield scoreboard signage made possible by corporate sponsor Randy Marion Automotive, the Spinners combined the celebrations to down the Oilers, 12-5.

The Spinners took full charge on the strength of eight runs scored during the bottom halves of the sixth and seventh innings combined.

In a relief role, Mooresville’s Josh Pike (Summerfield, N.C. State University) gathered in the pitching win after being called on to replace starting hurler Ethan Lauchart (Sissonville, West Virginia., West Virginia State University). Also logging in with some mound time, the duo of Trent Joiner (Huntersville, College of Charleston) and Reese Robinson (Dayton, Ohio, Wake Forest University) helped keep the Oilers hitters at bay.

As a staff, the pitchers allowed the five runs while striking out seven.

Offensively, hometown product J.P. Perez (Mooresville, UNC Asheville) cranked a home run, while shortstop Justin Fox (Concord, Erskine College) collected a team-high three hits that featured one double. Tyler McPeak (Denver, Campbell University) spiced his two-hit effort with a double. Eric Rigsby (Jonesboro, Tennessee, Carson Newman University) also paired base knocks.

Doubles each lashed by the likes of Nick Solomita (Denver, UNC Greensboro), Drew Yniesta (North Charleston, South Carolina, Erskine College), Garrett Littleton (Kenly, UNC Pembroke), and Brennen Hogan (Ponte Vedra, Florida, UNC Pembroke) allowed them to share the stage with teammate Nate Kinsch (Iron Station, Coastal Carolina) with a base rap apiece.

On the road against the Crushers, the Spinners never trailed to remain undefeated for the season overall against the Charlotte-based foe. No additional individual information was made available before press time.

Mooresville headed back into play slated to follow up back-to-back road trips against the Piedmont Pride and Concord Athletics. They then return home to make the regular season’s final scheduled appearance in Moor Park against the Carolina Vipers Thursday.

At stake for the Spinners is a possible top-two placement within the final SCBL standings that, if possible, would also merit the team a bye from first-round play in the league playoffs that are scheduled to get underway as early as Monday.


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