Scoreboard operators were busy at Hickory, NC on Tuesday as the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers and Belmont Abbey combined for 26 runs. Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers eventually won the offensive battle 17-9.

The teams banged out 25 hits hits between them, as well as eight for extra bases.

Seven runs in the first three innings helped the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers blow out Belmont Abbey . An RBI double by Ryan Karl, an RBI single by Carson Plyler, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Blake Myers in the second inning helped the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers put some runs on the board early.

Karl put himself in scoring position with two extra-base hits for the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers.

Jordan Blair recorded the win for the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers. He tossed 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Blair struck out one, walked none and gave up no hits.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers pounded Belmont Abbey pitching, as six hitters combined for 13 hits, 13 RBIs and 11 runs scored.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers got three-run rallies in the third inning and the eighth. In the third, the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored on a three-run single by Bryson Bowman, scoring Zechariah Wiggs, Stefan Susi and Plyler.

After pushing across three runs in the top of the fifth, Belmont Abbey faced just a 7-3 deficit. A three-run triple by Ryan Craig sparked Belmont Abbey ‘s rally. The Belmont Abbey (JV) threat came to an end when Hunter King finally got Tuttle to ground out.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers answered Belmont Abbey ‘s top inning with seven runs of their own in the fifth. The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored on a passed ball, a three-run home run by Myers, an RBI double by Wiggs, a wild pitch, and a walk by Plyler.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers increased their lead with three runs in the eighth. Ryan Smith started the inning with a double, bringing home Loren King and Derek Deaton. That was followed up by Karl’s single, plating Smith.

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