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6/3/2019 11:42:00 AM
Mooresville Wins 4A Title

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

They're not in our primary coverage area--but they're not far away.  While North Lincoln claimed the 2A baseball championship on Saturday, Mooresville High School's team claimed the 4A title.

Like North Lincoln, which closed out the NCHSAA 2A Baseball Championship with back-to-back Saturday wins, the Mooresville Blue Devils swept the school’s first State Championship Series with a pair of come-from-behind wins to claim the 4A Baseball State Championship. Mooresville scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to grab the lead 4-2 and never looked back on the way to an 8-2 Game 2 victory.

Mooresville had spotted Corinth Holders High School an early lead in the first game played in the middle of the day on Saturday, then came from behind to win the first game 5-2. 

Corinth Holders jumped out to a 2-0 lead again in Game 2, plating a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.

Mooresville responded in the bottom of the third as John Faulkenberry and Jackson Brant both walked and Trevor McHouell placed a bunt single that loaded the bases; then the Blue Devils knotted the score at two on a double to right by Cameron Clonch.  Davis Turner singled back up the middle to score two more and give Mooresville a 4-2 lead they did not relinquish.

The Blue Devils grabbed two more runs in the fourth, as Tafton Hensley reached on an error to start the inning. Two batters later, after a sacrifice bunt advanced him to third, Brant singled to right to bring him across the plate. Then with two outs, Brant stole second and crossed the plate as Blake Burchett singled to center and lifted Mooresville to a 6-2 advantage. Hensley’s two-RBI double in the fifth closed out the scoring.

Nick Merriman threw a complete game three-hitter for Mooresville in Game 2. He struck out five while allowing five walks. Game 1 starting pitcher from Mooresville, Justin Poris, was selected as the series Most Valuable Player for his complete game win in the series opener.

Mooresville completed the season 24-9. The Blue Devils won the Western Regional Championship for the first time in program history, and won the school’s first NCHSAA Baseball State Championship.

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