Cavs get bats going for 13-3 win
If summer league baseball is about learning ahead of the next high school season, Southern Lee's batting order aced Thursday night's quiz.
Grace Christian pitcher Aaron Ayers and the Crusader defense blanked the Cavs for three frames, one time through the Cavalier lineup.
Starting with leadoff man Isaiah Lassiter in the Cavalier fourth, the Cavs knocked seven singles, sent 11 batters to the plate, and turned a 2-0 Grace lead into a 7-2 Cavalier lead, on the way to a 13-3 mercy-rule win, in a Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League game at Southern Lee.
The Crusaders got on the board in the third. Their top of the order got it going with Caleb Welborn shooting a double down the left field line and Joseph Taylor singling into right. Caleb Welborn hustled home on a slow chopper toward third by Micah Welborn, along with a wild throw to the plate. Taylor came in from third on a sacrifice fly to right by Ayers.
Ayers held the Cavaliers one time through the order. The second time around, the Cavaliers stacked up hard grounders and liners for a big rally.
Lassiter and Christian Wenger set the table with base hits. Ethan Helsman followed up with a shot into left for an RBI, plus a second run thanks to an error.
Southern Lee kept going one base and one run at a time. Patrick Bunnell's grounder to second was good for an RBI and a 3-2 lead. Maxx Taylor had an RBI single as did Austin Leggette and Lassiter with his second hit of the inning.
The Cavaliers added three runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to end the game. Taylor, a rising sophomore who was at third base and pitcher, went 3-for-4 at the plate, with three singles, and four RBI. Bunnell had two runs and two RBI. Helsman scored three runs.
For the Crusaders, Taylor went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs. Nathan Holt went 2-for-3 as Grace Christian totaled eight hits.
The Cavaliers had 10 hits, all singles, and all from the fourth inning on, on the night.
The Crusaders and Cavaliers will meet again 6 p.m. Monday at Grace Christian.