The Lions were two games out of first place in conference play. The Lions continued their fine performance on the road with a 8-6 and 16-6 sweep. The second game decided by the run-rule. The Lions have now won 10 of their last 11 games on the road. They are now 32-12 on the season and 18-8 in conference play.

In the first game, Weatherford scored first with a run in the second inning. The Lions’ offense responded with two in the third. Charley Belew doubled and scored on Mitch Putman’s single. After Jose Duran singled, Putman scored on Mitch Abeita’s single to left giving the Lions a 2-1 lead. Weatherford responded with two in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead going into the fourth inning.

The Lions were held quiet until the sixth inning when they scored four runs. Caleb Annesley pinch hit for Josh Kirkpatrick and doubled to left field to start the rally. He scored on Sam Freeman’s double to left. With two outs, Belew singled home Freeman. Keith McInnerney doubled to right putting base runners on second and third. Brad Becker followed with a two-run single giving the Lions a 6-3 lead. Weatherford responded with three in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.

Just like all season, the Lions' bats answered the call. Duran led off with a single in the seventh. Abeita sacrificed Duran to second. Mark McFadden came in defensively in the sxith inning and delivered a RBI single to center. With two outs, Jimmy Cox singled home Freeman for a 8-6 lead. Collin Auten came in relief and gave up only a single with two outs to earn his first save of the year.

Starter Zach Stewart pitched well, going five innings allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits. Hank Robertson picked up the win in relief.

In the second game, the Lions’ offense did not let up. Cox led off the game with a double to left and eventually scored on Becker's sacrifice fly to left. Weatherford tied the game in the bottom of the inning.

The Lions came back with three more in the second. Duran reached base on a fielder's choice and moved to second on Annesley's single. With two outs, Freeman singled to load the bases. Cox drove in a run with a hit by pitch. Belew singled home two more with his shot to right for a 4-1 lead.

NCTC picked up another run in the fourth when McFadden singled and was sacrificed to second by Freeman. Belew picked up another RBI with his single to left. Weatherford cut the lead to 5-3 with two runs in the bottom of the inning. They cut the lead to one with another run in the fifth for a 5-4 score.

In the sixth, the Lions added a run. McFadden reached base on an error and was sacrificed to third by Freeman. Cox then singled home McFadden for the run. Weatherford tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a 6-6 score.

In the seventh, the Lions’ offense took control of the game and put it out of reach. After an out, Annesley singled and moved to second on McFadden’s single. Freeman singled to right to bring home pinch runner Jeremiah Sammy. After an intentional walk to Cox, Belew singled home two more runs. Keith McInnerney and Becker both walked to load the bases again. Putman delivered a two run double to left to bring home McInnerney and Becker. Duran singled and Sammy walked to load the bases again. McFadden drove home a run on an error for the final run of the inning. After it was over, the Lions' offense scored eight runs on five hits and four walks.

In the eighth, the Lions' offense delivered two more runs to end the game by the run-rule. Belew led off with a hit by pitch. Becker's single put runners on first and third. With two outs, Duran singled home Belew. Sammy then singled home Becker for the final run of the game.

Starter Mike Gunter went 5 2/3 innings allowing six runs (five earned) for the no decision. Noah Garza who came in the sixth with bases loaded, got a fly out to get out of the inning. He then to pitch the final two innings allowing only one hit to pick up his sixth win of the year.

On the day, the Lions had 31 hits and scored 22 runs. The Lions' attack was led by Charley Belew who had five hits and six RBIs. Jimmy Cox, Sam Freeman, and Jose Duran all had four hits while Mitch Putman had four RBIs.

NCTC will now host Weatherford on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at noon.

Recommended for you