WAXHAW — After waiting one year and one month, baseball finally returned under the lights at Marvin Ridge High School on Tuesday night. Head coach Trey Putman and the Mavericks (1-0) took care of business, cruising to an 11-1 home win over Charlotte Catholic (0-1) in Game 1 of the series. The win improves Marvin Ridge to 9-0 all-time against the Cougars in SCC play since 2018.
“It’s been a long wait and these guys have worked very hard this offseason…” Putman said. “It’s meant a lot to be able to get back on the field for them and just spend the time they spent out here since September. I’m just happy to see them get to come back out and to play well.”
Neither team drove in a run in the first inning, but in the second, senior Miller St John hit a two-run single and scored sophomores Kevin Dobos and Matthew Gross to put the Mavericks up 2-0.
Marvin Ridge emerged in the third inning with five runs. Among those who tallied one RBI each were Gross, Dobos, senior Kevin Bowe, and junior Chase Vilord (2 singles). The Mavericks also scored two runs in the last two innings of the game.
Charlotte Catholic found their share of luck in the top of the fifth inning. Junior Nick Smith (Tallahassee Community College commit) homered to score the only run of the game. After the play, teammates Tommy Hoefling and Jake Kernodle each hit a single. Despite the blowout win, Putman credited the Cougars for their toughness.
“They’re physical and they’re going to be a pretty good team,” Putman said. “I think they’re going to come back (Wednesday) ready to play and we’re going to have to match their intensity just like we tried to do today.”
The teams met again Wednesday at Marvin Ridge for game two of the series (late score).
Cuthbertson 4, Weddington 0
Cuthberton pitchers Ethan Wilson and Tristan Potts combined to strike out eight batters and only allow one hit in the Cavaliers’ 4-0 victory over Weddington on Tuesday in both teams’ season-opener.
Wilson started the game on the mound, going 5.2 innings and allowing one hit while striking out five and walking four. Potts came on in the sixth for a four-out save and struck out three of the batters he faced.
Offensively, the Cavaliers got a big game from catcher Thomas Paxton, who was 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and an RBI. Other Cuthbertson players with a run batted in were Landon Carr and Connor Gasser. The other Cuthbertson run was plated on an error.
Cuthbertson and Weddington meet again Friday at Weddington for the final game of the season series. The Cavaliers were 2-0 against the Warriors last season, outscoring them 5-0 across the two games.
Sun Valley 7, Piedmont 5
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the fifth, Sun Valley (1-0) rose to the challenge and scored four unanswered runs en route to a 7-5 road win at Piedmont (0-1) on Tuesday night. The victory gives head coach Jeff Stack and the Spartans a five-game active winning streak dating back to last season.
The Panthers started their scoring surge early with a ground ball by senior Blake Smith to score Adam Quintero (William and Mary commit) and take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Two innings later, Lane Jordan, Fabian Walker, and Joshua Barham each drove in a run to extend Piedmont’s lead to 4-0.
Senior Jack Wooten got the bats going for Sun Valley by hitting a ground ball to score senior Greg Bello. An RBI triple by Matthew Watson scored Wooten to cut the deficit 4-2. After another RBI by Smith (Piedmont), Watson hit a triple that scored two more runs. Sun Valley finally took the lead when Wooten hit a three-run home run to put the Spartans up 6-5.
Watson closed the scoring with an RBI double off the wall. Sophomore pitcher Ian Hawk (4 strikeouts) took the win on the mound for the Spartans. Both teams will meet again on Friday at Sun Valley for game two of the series.