The South Caldwell Spartans improved to 4-0 in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference with a 10-0 victory in five innings over Freedom on Wednesday night in Sawmills.
Starting pitcher Jacob Raby was masterful in the win. He threw all five shutout innings and allowed just three hits, while striking out 12. He struck out seven straight batters spanning from the third through the fifth inning. Nine of the final 10 batters he faced went down on strikes.
"That was a pretty impressive outing by Raby," said South head coach Jeff Parham. "His curve ball was real tight and it worked real well for him. We still got a ways to go. We're just going to keep working to get better."
The Spartans scored runs in four of the five innings, starting with two in the first. Brock Johnson scored the first run on a wild pitch. On the same play, a throwing error by the catcher allowed courtesy runner Seth Ingle to score and give South a 2-0 lead. Johnson reached base with a walk and Ingle was running for Brett Macchia, who reached on an error.
South Caldwell added three more runs in the bottom of the third. Raby led off with a bunt single and moved to second on a groundout by Tanner Parham. Johnson followed with a single before Macchia hit a two-run double to deep left center. Two batters later, Ingle, running for Macchia, scored on a sacrifice bunt by Bailey Dollar to extend the lead to 5-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hunter Church led off with a walk and Dylan Wingler reached on an error. Church came in to score on an RBI groundout by Parham. Two batters later, Macchia reached on an error that allowed Wingler to score to give South a 7-0 advantage.
The Spartans put the game away in the bottom of the fifth. Dollar led off with a walk and Wingler later doubled. Raby followed with a two-run single up the middle to make it 9-0. After Parham walked, Johnson hit an RBI single to score courtesy runner Tanner Green and end the game at 10-0.
South Caldwell will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when it travels across the county to take on West Caldwell.
South Caldwell pitchers Rian Haire and Alex Laws combined to shut out Hickory High School to help the Spartans to a 4-0 victory over the Red Tornadoes on Tuesday night in Sawmills.
Hibriten starting pitcher Michael Davis allowed just one run on two hits, while striking out 13 batters to help the Panthers pick up their first win of the season.
The South Caldwell Spartans scored 10 runs in the first two innings to upend county-rival Hibriten with a 10-2 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night in Sawmills.
In its first game of the 2015 season, the Hibriten baseball team managed just two hits, resulting in a 2-0 loss to South Iredell on Monday night in Lenoir.
The South Caldwell girls' soccer team kicked off its season with a 6-1 victory over county-rival West Caldwell on Wednesday night in Gamewell.
The No. 3 seeded Myers Park Mustangs controlled from the opening tip, ending South Caldwell's playoff run with a 62-23 win over the Lady Spartans in the third round of the 4A state playoffs on Tuesday night in Charlotte.
The Hibriten Panthers saw their season come to an end, after a hard-fought 56-51 loss to Hickory on Monday night in Hickory.
South Caldwell's Anna Lee Bollinger scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Spartans to a 55-49 victory over Mallard Creek in the second round of the 4A state playoffs on Monday night in Sawmills.
All five starters for the Hibriten Panthers scored in double figures to dominate Enka with a 104-72 victory on Saturday in Lenoir.
The South Caldwell girls' basketball team advanced to the second round of the 4A state playoffs following a 54-35 victory over Providence on Saturday in Sawmills.
The West Caldwell Warriors played the first Caldwell County high school basketball game in almost two weeks on Wednesday, and the final results ended the Warriors' season.
All high school basketball playoff games involving Caldwell County teams that were scheduled for Tuesday night were postponed due to inclement weather.
West Caldwell's Jacob Houck won his second straight wrestling 2A state championship with a 7-3 decision over Brevard's Logan Roth at the state championships on Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released the playoff brackets for both boys and girls basketball on Saturday, and Caldwell County will have four teams competing.
The North Carolina individual wrestling state tournaments begin today in Greensboro, and Caldwell County will have nine representatives competing.
South Caldwell senior wrestler Cameron Chapman was denied the right to compete for a regional championship and possibly a state championship after being disqualified from the 4A West Regional tournament last weekend.
West Caldwell’s Jacob Houck and Nathaniel Kale, and South Caldwell’s Carl Guess all claimed regional championships on Saturday.
A total of 30 high school wrestlers will represent Caldwell County in 2A, 3A and 4A regional wrestling tournaments this weekend.
The West Caldwell Warriors knocked down 12 free throws in the fourth quarter alone to edge out Lincolnton with a 61-53 victory on Tuesday night in Gamewell.
The Hibriten Panthers dominated Freedom on Friday night to claim an 82-62 victory over the Patriots.
The West Caldwell wrestling team wrapped up its regular season with a 54-29 victory over Bandys on Tuesday night in Catawba.
The South Caldwell basketball teams splits with Patton on Friday night, as the Lady Spartans defeated the Panthers, 50-34, while the boys fell 62-41.
The West Caldwell Warriors scored the first 14 points of the game en route to a 73-45 victory over Bunker Hill on Friday night in Gamewell.
Due to inclement weather, we had an early press time, scores from Tuesday night will not be in Wednesday's News-Topic.