McDowell powers past Watauga L.L.
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
WILKESBORO -- McDowell's pitcher Cameron Wilson kept Watauga's offense in check in a 12-0 McDowell victory at Westwood Park in the consolation bracket of the 11-12 District 7 Little League Baseball Tournament Tuesday night.
Watauga was eliminated from the tournament one day after taking a 2-1 win over Wilkes American on Monday. Wilson played a big role in Watauga's loss Tuesday by holding Watauga to just one hit and striking out nine in the game, which was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Sam Crabbe picked up Watauga's lone hit of the game. He singled with two outs in the third inning, but was left on first base. Crabbe also opened the game with a walk, but was also left on first base.
Watauga's biggest offensive threat was in the fourth inning when Jake Watson reached base on an error and Anderson Castle reached base with a walk. Both advanced on a fielder's choice to first base by Sterling Saults, but did not score.
McDowell's offense made sure Wilson had plenty of run support by scoring four runs in the first inning and four in the second. Jaden Birchfield did his share of damage in both innings for McDowell by hitting a two-run double in the first and a two-run home in the second.
McDowell's Cory Roberts added a walk and a run in the first inning on a Ryan Blake single. Roberts added a two-run home run in the second inning. Kanenon Ferguson, who scored three runs in the game, doubled in the fourth inning and scored on a wild pitch.
Wilson helped his own cause in the fifth inning by hitting a two-run triple. He scored on a Ferguson single.