Consider the switch flipped on again.
The Southern Collegiate Baseball League-member Mooresville Spinners have now embarked on a multiple-game winning streak for the first time in more than a week.
With the season’s schedule continuing to be interrupted slightly by weather-related delays, the Spinners scooped up a 9-2 triumph over SCBL rival Lake Norman Copperheads Monday night for a second straight favorable decision.
Monday’s win came on the heels of a 5-3 nudging past the Carolina Vipers that to snap a two-game losing skid. The Spinners were dealt that second consecutive loss with an 8-6 verdict handed down by the Concord Athletes.
Grouping the latest stretch of outcomes together, Mooresville headed back into play owning a 9-5 overall record that included a 7-4 slate to show for all such showings carrying full SCBL clout.
Facing off against the host Copperheads Monday, the Spinners took control early with the five runs over the course of the first two innings alone and rode that cushion to the 9-2 win. The Spinners tacked on all their remaining runs in the top half of the sixth.
Starting and winning pitcher J.P. Perez (Mooresville, UNC Asheville) was the welcome recipient of the early support. He was followed to the mound by relievers Bryson Linkous (Mt. Holly, Catawba College), Ty Lilly (Denver, Erskine College) and Chris Monteleone (Concord, Belmont Abbey College). As a crew, they allowed the two runs on eight hits while striking out eight.
Offensively, Greg Sanders (Charleston, South Carolina, Erskine College) cranked a double among his team-high three hits. Also, the trio of Cal Hubbard (Salisbury, Mars Hill College), Seth McAulay (Huntersville, Western Carolina University) and Eric Rigsby (Jonesboro, Tennessee, Carson Newman College) all tagged two hits each, with one of Rigsby’s belts good for a homer. For good measure, Nick Solomita (Denver, UNC Greensboro), Drew Yniesta (Summerville, South Carolina, Erskine College) and Dawson Painter (Trinity, UNC Pembroke) all piped in with a base rap apiece.
At home against the Vipers, a pair of runs crossing home in the bottom half of the eighth inning stood up as the difference in the Spinners’ 5-3 win.
In relief, Reese Robinson (Dayton, Ohio, Wake Forest University) secured the pitching win. Also seeing mound duty included the cast consisting of Luke Hahn (Apex, Campbell University), Tim Townsend (Charlotte, College of Charleston) and Nash Jamison (Mt. Holly, Florence Darlington Tech). Collectively, they allowed the three runs on seven hits while striking out six.
At the plate, Solomita paired hits, while Painter connected on his second home run both of the season and within as many games. Also for the winners, Perez, McAulay, Logan Welch (Winston Salem, Mt. Olive College) and Tyler McPeak (Denver, Campbell University) all chimed in with a base knock each.
Opposite the Concord A’s, too big of an early deficit wound up being too much for the visiting Spinners to overcome in suffering the 8-6 loss.
Starting pitcher Austin Duckett (Gaffney, South Carolina, Erskine College) was tagged with the loss. Also from the staff, the duo of Trent Joiner (Huntersville, College of Charleston) and Isaiah Nino (Mooresville, Mars Hill College) logged in with some mound time. They combined to allow the eight runs on 10 hits while striking out eight. Six of the eight whiffs were collected by Nino.
At bat, Painter swatted his first homer of the season and was joined by teammate Jake Whitcomb (Harrisburg, UNC Charlotte) with a team-best two hits each. Yniesta also slugged his first dinger that allowed him to captain a crew made up of McPeak, Sanders, Hubbard and Garrett Littleton (Kenly, UNC Pembroke) with a base rap apiece.
Mooresville headed back into action on tap to follow up late Tuesday night’s trip to take on the Charlotte Crushers, with results from that affair posted too late to be included in this edition, returning home to host the non-SCBL member Race City Bootleggers Wednesday night. The Spinners stay put at home to entertain the Lenoir Oilers on Thirsty Thursday.
Staying in a promotional state of mind, Mooresville recognizes “50s Night” on Friday. All attending the game scheduled to take place against the visiting SCBL member and cross-county rival Statesville Owls donned in attire relating back to the 1950s receive free admission to the game.
On Saturday, the organization’s traditional Craft Beer and Food Truck Extravaganza will take place also at Moor Park. Gates to that affair open at 4:45 p.m. for all potential attendees, well ahead of the scheduled 7 p.m. game start against the current first-place Piedmont Pride.