Being bitten back-to-back by members of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League dropped the Mooresville Spinners from their earlier perch atop the circuit standings.
Enduring a rare run of offensive ineffectiveness, the Spinners were dealt consecutive defeats for the first time all season. A 3-1 setback suffered at the hands of the cross-county SCBL entry Statesville Owls was followed by a fall on even much harder times with a 12-1 decision dropped to the Piedmont Pride.
The losses served to place Mooresville at the 7-4 level for the season overall while putting its pivotal SCBL slate – the one carrying the most clout in regards to possible postseason positioning – to the 5-3 mark heading back into play.
The latter ledger placed the Spinners, former outright owners of the first-place spot in the league ranks, into a three-way tie for third place pending results posted over the weekend.
Traveling within the Iredell County border to take on the Statesville Owls in a battle between fellow SCBL foes, Mooresville managed a single run tallied in the top half of the second inning that actually at the time provided them with a short-lived lead.
The Spinners allowed the Owls, based out of West Iredell High School and – under the current head coaching tutelage of former Spinners coaching staff member and Mooresville resident Andrew Meadows –to score the game’s remaining runs that secured the win.
Starting Spinners pitcher Ethan Lauchart (Sissonville, West Virginia, West Virginia State University) was tagged with the loss, working the first five innings and touched for two runs on five hits while striking out five. In relief, the twosome of Ty Lilly (Denver, Erskine College) and Tim Townsend (Charlotte, College of Charleston) help complete the mound duties.
Offensively, Logan Welch (Winston-Salem, Mt. Olive College) tagged a double and scored Mooresville’s only run when crossing home plate on a fielder’s choice ground out by teammate Eric Rigsby (Jonesboro, Tennessee, Carson Newman College). Rigsby also contributed a double and was joined by Tyler McPeak (Denver, Campbell University) and Nick Solomita (Denver, UNC Greensboro) with a base rap each.
On the campus of South Carolina’s York High School to face off against the Piedmont Pride, matters soured practically right from the get-go as the Spinners were issued their most lopsided loss of the season to date in the 12-1 final.
Mooresville faced a 4-0 deficit through three full frames and, after getting on the scoreboard with a solo run in the top half of the seventh, saw the flood gates open in the form of seven runs that served to put the issue to bed.
Starting Spinners hurler Nick Roser (Mt. Holly, Wake Tech Community College) was shouldered with the loss. Also seeing some spot mound time included the cast of relievers consisting of Chris Monteleone (Concord, Belmont Abbey College), Tyler Johnson (Denver, Surry Community College), Josh Pike (Summerville, South Carolina, N.C. State University) and Christian Huggins (Mt. Holly, Queens University). Combined, the crew gave up the 12 runs on 11 hits while striking out 10 as a team.
At the plate, the duo of Dawson Painter (Trinity, UNC Pembroke) and Cal Hubbard (Salisbury, Mars Hill College) both paired base hits to co-pilot the charge. Welch clubbed a double and was joined by teammates Solomita, McPeak and Seth McAulay (Huntersville, Western Carolina University) with a base knock each.
Mooresville headed back into play slated to complete its road trip with a game against the Concord Athletics before making its first appearance back on its home Moor Park field for the first time in nearly a week against the Carolina Vipers. Results from both of those affairs were posted too late to be included in this edition.
The Spinners kick off the upcoming week’s slate with back-to-back road games against the Lake Norman Copperheads and Charlotte Crushers Monday and Tuesday nights.