Red Hawks oust Trojans, sweep third Region series

Red Hawks oust Trojans, sweep third Region series

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The ninth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team earned its third Region series sweep on Sunday, winning 12-3 against host Fayetteville Tech.

With the weekend's victories, the Red Hawks improve to 21-6 overall and 10-2 in Region 10 games.

Catawba Valley used 10-hit performance, including three off the bat of right fielder Brett Eurey, to win 5-3 in game one on Saturday.

Carrying momentum into game two, the Red Hawks tallied 16 runs on 13 hits to win 16-6 in six innings in the second game of the set Saturday. 

Catcher Jackie Jimenez, shortstop Kye Andress, center fielder Malik Stephens and second baseman Chandler Blackwelder all tallied two RBI each in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

On Sunday, the Red Hawks completed the series sweep against the Trojans behind a six-RBI performance from third baseman Jordan Montgomery, which included a fifth-inning grand slam. 

Second baseman Chandler Blackwelder also hit a home run during the series finale, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Catawba Valley's pitching staff continued its dominance over the weekend, allowing only six earned runs and striking out 32 combined batters in three games. 

Jonah Milchuck (1-0), Noah Carter (1-1) and Jordan Davis (3-0) were the winning pitchers for CVCC during the weekend series, while Red Hawk reliever Cooper Sain earned his second save of the year.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Wednesday for a single nine-inning game against Florence-Darlington Tech. First pitch at Henkel-Alley Field is set for 3 p.m.