Mint Hill Army will live to see another day. After two disappointing losses to Caldwell County where they were outscored by a combined 25-13, Mint Hill’s bats came alive Wednesday to stave off elimination. Mint Hill beat Caldwell County 13-9, and brought the series back to Butler High School tonight at 7 pm for game four. Caldwell County has a 2 games to 1 edge on Mint Hill in the best of five series.
The winner of the series will face Hickory in the Area IV playoffs. Hickory swept No. 1 seeded
HOW THEY SCORED Mint Hill Post 4059 – 13, Caldwell County Post 29 – 9 TOP FIRST INNING: Chase Gehringer singles to right field but is picked off firstbase by pitcher Tyler Bumgarner. Carson Plyler singles to center field, stealssecond base. Kyle Galloway walks. Plyler to third, Galloway to second on a wildpitch. Brantley Smith walks, loading the bases. Ryan Hodge singles to secondbase, scoring Plyler.
Tyler Revell singles to left field, scoring Galloway andSmith, Hodge to third. Austin Beard relieves Bumgarner. Mario Labrador hit bya pitch, loading the bases. Hodge caught stealing home on a missed squeezebunt, with Revell moving to third, Labrador to second. Doug Pruette walks,loading the bases. Brandon McWhirter flies out. Mint Hill 3, Caldwell County 0. BOTTOM FIRST INNING: Bryson Bowman singles to shortstop, deflected bythe pitcher Cody Stull. Austin Beard sacrifices Bowman to second. Max Linvilledoubles to right field, Linville to third. Blake Johnson strikes out. Jon Gray walks,loading the bases. Ethan Turner singles to right field, scoring Bowman andLinville, Gray to third. Josh Murphy walks, loading the bases. Bubba Evansstrikes out. Mint Hill 3, Caldwell County 2. TOP FOURTH INNING: McWhirter walks. Gehringer singles to right field,McWhirter to third. Gehringer ruled out on interference during a steal attempt.Plyler hit by a pitch. Galloway singles to left field, scoring McWhirter, Plyler tosecond. Smith walks, loading the bases. Hodge singles to right field, scoringPlyler and Galloway, Smith to third, Hodge to second on the throw. Revellgrounds out. Labrador flies out. Mint Hill 6, Caldwell County 2. BOTTOM FOURTH INNING: Bowman strikes out. Beard grounds out. Linvilledoubles to right-center field. Johnson singles to left field, scoring Linville. Graywalks, Johnson to second. Turner strikes out. Mint Hill 6, Caldwell County 3. TOP FIFTH INNING: Pruette singles to shortstop. McWhirter sacrifices Pruette tosecond. Gehringer flies out, Pruette to third. Pruette scores on a wild pitch. Plylergrounds out. Mint Hill 7, Caldwell County 3. TOP SEVENTH INNING: Revell strikes out. Labrador homers to left field. Pruettewalks. McWhirter walks, Pruette to second. Bumgarner relieves Beard. Gehringerfouls out. Plyler fouls out. Mint Hill 8, Caldwell County 3. TOP EIGHTH INNING: Galloway pops up. Smith walks, advances to second ona wild pitch. Hodge walks. Josh Deboard relieves Beard. Revell reaches on anerror by third baseman Jake Macchia, loading the bases. Labrador walks, scoringSmith. Pruette strikes out. McWhirter doubles to right-center field, scoring Hodge,Revell and Labrador. Gehringer walks. Plyler flies out. Mint Hill 12, CaldwellCounty 3. BOTTOM EIGHTH INNING: Bowman singles to right field. Beard walks, Bowmanto second. Bowman to third, Beard to second on a wild pitch. Linville reaches firston an error by pitcher Jake Chisum, scoring Bowman and Beard. Johnson strikesout. Linville moves to second on a passed ball. Gray flies out. Turner walks, withLinville to third on a passed ball. Murphy singles to left field, scoring Linville,Turner to second. Turner to third, Murphy to second on a wild pitch. Macchiawalks, loading the bases. Josh Deboard walks, scoring Turner, with Murphy alsoscoring on a wild pitch, Macchia to second. Mario Labrador relieves Chisum.
Macchia to third, Poarch to second on a wild pitch. Bowman flies out. Mint Hill 12,Caldwell County 8. TOP NINTH INNING: Galloway flies out. Smith hit by a pitch. Hodge singles toleft, Smith to third. Smith scores on Revell’s sacrifice fly. Labrador grounds out.Mint Hill 13, Caldwell County 8. BOTTOM NINTH INNING: Beard walks. Linville flies out. Johnson flies out. Graywalks, Beard to second. Turner walks, loading the bases. Beard scores, Gray tothird, Turner to second on a wild pitch. Murphy strikes out. Mint Hill 13, CaldwellCounty 9.