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Originally published: 2014-05-31 19:47:30
Last modified: 2014-05-31 19:56:27

Newton-Conover trips light-hitting Watauga

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Watauga's varsity summer league team struggled with the bats in the first game of a doubleheader with Newton-Conover and fell 3-1 Friday night in six innings.

Watauga (3-1) scored its only run in the first inning when Stedman Sauls doubled in Hunter Isaacs, who reached base on a fielder's choice. Isaacs scored from first base on Sauls' double.

Newton-Conover's Gage Baldwin kept Watauga's bats silent the other five innings. After Sauls' double, Baldwin sent the next 11 Watauga batters to the bench before Colby Illich singled in the fifth.
"We've had trouble with these smaller schools," Pioneers coach Pete Hardee said. "Just like this team -- they came in here like we were the Yankees. That's how they felt about it. We were like it's another summer game."

Tyler Nigro kept Watauga in the game by pitching a complete game. Nigro gave up an unearned run in the first inning, and two runs in the sixth.

Nigro finished with five strikeouts and walked just one batter, the first Newton-Conover batter of the game. That batter, Kyle Hall, was caught stealing for the second out of the inning.

Newton-Conover finished with eight hits, including three from Jared Sigmon. He hit two of those deep to the hole that were fielded by Watauga shortstop Utah Jones, but Sigmon managed to beat Jones' throws to first base.

Baldwin allowed just two hits, struck out one and walked one.