The Louisburg College Baseball team opened up this past weekend sweeping Catawba Valley Community College in dramatic fashion.
In a marathon session of innings on Saturday, Cody Johnson picked up the 9-8 win tossing 5 innings in relief while striking out 7 with only 1 walk. The Hurricanes trailed by 1 run entering the bottom of the 9th inning. Combining for a 1-2 punch, pinch hitter Kyle McCrossen led off the 9th with a double then TJ Ehrsam replaced McCrossen to pinch run and advanced to 3B on a fly ball to right field. Shortstop Jake Watson's RBI groundout brought Ehrsam to the plate to tie the game 8-8. The 'Canes threatened to score in both the 10th and 11th innings before winning on a bases loaded hit by pitch of catcher Chris Robinson.
The Hurricanes were led at the plate by Chris King who was 2-3 with 3 RBI's. As a team, 9 hits were recorded overall in 12 innings.
In game 2 of the double header McGuire's lineup at the plate and on the mound outlasted Catawba to bring home the win by a score of 5-2. Four pitchers took to the rubber and combined to throw a 1-hitter in the 7-inning game.
Cody Cox got the start and tossed 4 innings allowing 1 unearned run while picking up the win. Tyler Long, Mike Daley, and Josh Roeder all tossed an inning with Josh Roeder collecting his first save. The 'Canes pitchers combined to punch out 11 hitters.
The Hurricanes were led at the plate by Brandon Rawe who went 2-4 with 2 RBI's.
Sunday's 1pm start time was marred by rain and cold weather. Louisburg managed to pull out the 11-9 win. Starter, Tony Urban pitched well but fell victim to poor defense by the 'Canes as he gave up 7 unearned runs in 4 innings. On the strength of a 3 run HR by Chris King and an RBI single by Tyler Long the Hurricanes jumped out to a early 4-1 lead but poor defense allowed Catawba Valley to score 8 times in the top of the 5th to take a 9-4 lead. Willie Sligh threw 3 1/3 shutout innings to give the 'Canes a chance to mount a comeback. Although threatening to score in the 5th, 6th, & 7th innings the score remained 9-4 heading into the bottom of the 8th.
The Hurricanes, however, scored 7 times in the bottom of the 8th inning. Chase Ragland led off the 8th with a walk, followed by a hit by pitch of Chris Robinson and another base on balls to Jake Watson. Zach Houchins got to the plate and singled pulling the 'Canes to within 4 with the score 9-5. First baseman Tucker Coward followed with a bases loaded walk keeping the momentum on Louisburg's side. With the score now 9-6, Chris King made another dent in Catawba's lead with a double to right field bringing home two more runs helping the 'Canes close the gap to within 1 at 9-8. One out later, Augie Ayers drove in another run on a groundout to 1st base to tie the game. Following a walk to Tyler Long, Kyle McCrossen came thru with a pinch-hit 2-run double to give the 'Canes the lead for good.
Josh Roeder came on to retire the side in order in the 9th to pick up his second save of the weekend. Willie Sligh picked up the win.
Chris King 7 for 12 with 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 runs scored and 9 RBI
Brandon Rawe was 3 for 8 with 2 RBI
Jake Watson was 2 for 8 with 5 runs scored, 6 walks and 1 HBP
Kyle McCrossen was 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs
The Hurricanes will compete at home this weekend against Lackawanna College. Saturday's double-header will begin at 12:00 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 12:00 p.m.