Poarch homer lifts Hibriten
Hibriten's Carson Poarch hit a solo home run to left field in the bottom half of the sixth inning to lift the Panthers to a 2-1 victory over South Caldwell on Tuesday in Lenoir.
"Mr. Clutch," Hibriten head coach Terry Henthorne said of Poarch. "He's done it for us a couple times now. He's confident enough to get up there and swing the bat in that situation and he hits the ball hard."
Tuesday night's game was a classic pitchers' duel between Hibriten's Drew Bolick and South Caldwell's Rian Haire. Bolick picked up the win with seven innings of work, allowing just one run on two hits, while striking out 11 batters. Haire took the loss after throwing six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out 12 batters.
"Great outing by Drew tonight," said Henthorne. "He's going to be there in all our big games. He's going to battle every time out. I can't comment enough on his composure out there tonight. He really stepped up.
"Give credit to 31 (Haire) over there," Henthorne said. "He threw a great game. We were able to beat a good pitcher tonight."
The Panthers got on the board in the bottom half of the first inning. Colton Henthorne doubled and stole second. Two batters later, Dylan Hamel hit an RBI single to left center to put Hibriten ahead 1-0.
The Spartans got their first hit in the third inning, but could not score. The lone South Caldwell run came in the top of the sixth. Brock Johnson reached base on a fielder's choice and Chase Whisnant walked to put runners on first and second. Taylor Purus followed with an RBI single to center to score Johnson and tie the game at 1-1.
Then in the bottom of the sixth, Poarch hit the homer to give Hibriten the lead for good.
In the top of the seventh, Brett Macchia hit a deep fly to center field, but Aaron Moore made a spectacular catch to keep the bases empty. Jacob Raby then walked, but Bolick put the final two batters away with a strikeout and a fly out to end the game.
"It was a battle between two good pitchers,” South head coach Jeff Parham said. "I thought we had a couple opportunities that we didn't capitalize on. It's time to get back to work. We got two days before another big one against Patton."
Hibriten returns to action today with a non-conference game against Ashe County at home. South Caldwell will next play host to Patton on Friday.