Red Hawks split with Lancers in final midweek of spring

Red Hawks split with Lancers in final midweek of spring

HICKORY, N.C. — The fourth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team split a Region 10 doubleheader with Division I USC Lancaster on Wednesday night at Henkel-Alley Field.

The Red Hawks are now 37-9 overall on the season.

Game one: USC Lancaster 9, No. 4 Catawba Valley 8 (seven innings)

A fifth-inning grand slam by the Lancers was the difference maker in a one-run loss for the Red Hawks in game one of the set on Wednesday.

First baseman James Hinson led CVCC, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and two RBI, while catcher Will Samuelson went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a home run.

Captains Jackson Brown, Brett Eurey and Malik Stephens also drove in one run each for the Red Hawks, while designated hitter Masashi Takegama and Eurey both tallied doubles.

On the mound, Catawba Valley starter Ian Asken allowed five hits in three innings and struck out six batters.

Game two: No. 4 Catawba Valley 12, USC Lancaster 2 (six innings)

The Red Hawks tallied 10 hits, including one double each off the bats of James Hinson, Will Samuelson, Jackie Jimenez and Malik Stephens, in a run-rule victory in game two against the Lancers.

Jackson Brown, Hinson and Stephens led Catawba Valley with two hits apiece in the contest.

On the mound, Red Hawks starting pitcher Chance Daquila improved to 3-0 on the season. He allowed four hits, one earned run and struck out six batters in four innings of work.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Saturday, May 8 for a road conference series against Cleveland Community College. The Red Hawks and Yetis play a doubleheader on May 8 starting at 1 p.m. before finishing the series with a single nine-inning game at noon on May 9.