Junior Legion advances to 3rd round win 3-1 over McDowell County

Connor Randall delivers a pitch for Mint Hill. (Ed Berti)
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A runner is picked off in the fifth and is out in a rundown. (Ed Berti)
Mint Hill batter set to hit in batters box. (Ed Berti)
Mint Hill runner taking a lead off of first base. (Ed Berti)

The Mint Hill Junior American Legion baseball team wins the rubber game over McDowell County 3-1 behind the strong right arm of Connor Randall who pitched a complete game for the home team. The team will now advance to the 3rd round of the playoffs against an opponent to be named.

Mint Hill scored first when lead-off hitter from Butler High School, Travis Ziefert hit a base hit, Alwin Duran promptly followed with a double jumping on a first pitch fast ball scoring the speedy Ziefert, then Andy Duran both brothers from Queens Grant High School would deliver a base hit to center field driving in the second run giving the home club an early 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, McDowell County would score their only run off of Randall on a couple of hits and a sacrifice fly ball. Randall escaped his only jam of the ball game by striking out a batter freezing him on a nice breaking pitch to end the threat.

In the fourth inning, Mint Hill would score an insurance run when Hayden Dark led-off with a base hit, Chris Hoefling put down a nice bunt advancing the runner to second base. On a wild pitch to Braian Baez the runner moved to third, Baez promptly hit a hard ground ball toward the second base hole, the shortstop made a nice play to nip Baez at first base. However, the lead-off batter would score easily from third for the 3-1 advantage.

Meanwhile, Randall had complete control of the game pitching seven full innings, allowing only four hits, hit one batter, had accumulated 7 strikeouts, while giving up just one earned run in a solid outing for Mint Hill.

Team Game 3 –     1   2   3   4   5   6   7   R   H   E

McDowell County   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   1   4   0

Mint Hill  4059       2   0   0   1   0   0   X   3   5   0

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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